Last year it was Hurricane Sandy. This year it is Hurricane Common Application. Both have prompted many colleges to push back some early deadlines, yet thankfully in this case no lives or homes have been lost or irreparably damaged.
Unfortunately, family tensions often run high when it's college admissions' time. Phrases such as, "I don't need you. You're wrecking my life!" happen simultaneously as doors slam. I'd like to share with you my secrets on how to write a personal statement for college applications.
While colleges will not be happy to have you brag about yourself on your applications, it is absolutely appropriate, if not essential, for recommenders to sing your praises as enthusiastically and with as much detail as they can.
You might be relieved to know that as "complex" and "confusing" as the college application process may sound, putting together your own application and writing your essay without paid advice may, in fact, give you better results.
Students who choose colleges only by name, location or because their best friend is going there, and don't look into what the colleges are all about, might find themselves let down after they start college. So how do you get quality information?
Personally, I am always looking for that magic piece of advice another writer has that will get me through predictable writing blocks. So, here is what different writers have shared with me about how to spend more time loving rather than hating writing.
Like the colorful and constant noise of summer fireworks, advice for college first-years has begun exploding from all directions. Celebrations are mixed with a nervous excitement that will not be matched or replicated ever again.
Because there is so much to do, many students (and parents) worry themselves sick about getting every last piece in and on time. In order to assuage people's anxiety a bit, here is a list of things rising seniors need to do between June and the end of January.
Should rising high school seniors have to spend their summer working on Capitol Hill, discovering cures in a research lab or volunteering in exotic, far-flung locations in order to get into the school of their choice?
What do the criers feel that I don't? Maybe a greater awareness of the passage of time. Loss -- of their own time, and of their children's. A premonition about the void that will take place in a few months, when their offspring will leave their original home and make a new one someplace else.
When it came to school, I was always a good student -- some might even say I was a full-fledged nerd about learning. But when the second semester of my senior year of high school rolled around, I fell victim to one of the most talked about possibilities every senior faces: senioritis.
Not only do today's high school seniors apply to as many as 12-15 colleges, they seem surrounded by adult "handlers." As we move into the highest anxiety phase of the annual college application cycle, I offer a few words of advice.
The brutal process of applying and waiting for acceptances is over. Now, seniors get to decide which college's offer of admissions to accept. While many adults and students often get attached to college names, they should both realize that colleges are so much more than their names.
Young people rush to choose a major to fulfill a college identity, not necessarily because it's what they enjoy. The beauty of admitting that you aren't sure what to study is that people are more willing to help you.
Spring is the time of year when many juniors and their parents start visiting prospective colleges. This is the ideal time of year to visit colleges as they are still in session and you can see authentic college life.
There have been times when I have failed to realize the true privilege of choice. Attending college, let alone choosing between multiple colleges, is an opportunity that many teens will never experience.