It's not that I'm completely hopeless and expect the worst, it's just that the college process involves so many external factors and, as the control freak that I am, that's not something I handle very well.
We have visited many colleges that vary from small to large, "reach" to "safe" schools, and everywhere in between. The only thing I have taken away from these visits is the fact that I now know where I don't want to attend school.
When filling out college applications, remember this is the time to present yourself in the best possible light while still using your actual past record. Colleges want to know the following things about you.
We need to make it easier for community college students to enroll and get a degree by making sure that whether they enroll for twelve credit hours or fifteen that a Pell Grant will provide a financial safety net covering most of their expenses.
It is no surprise that the ACT Reading section can seem a bit daunting. But here is the simple, reassuring truth: it's not.
College counselors share other, unexpected suggestions that may help you impress colleges and stand out from your competition.
Eyes drooping and barely able to stay awake, she survives through the essay. Taking out a pen she prints: Waitlist... Pretty terrifying, huh?
Just two of the 14 kids who applied to Dartmouth from Jeff's high school last year were accepted. So why is Dartmouth beckoning him with bi-weekly emails and come-hither glossy fliers?
I've tried imagining the next time in my life I'll knock on somebody's door holding out a bag to collect candy. Frightening enough, the only time I could think of is when my future children go trick-or-treating. Kind of puts life in perspective, doesn't it?
During his junior year of high school, my son and I woke one Friday before dawn to make a flight from our New Jersey home to visit a college in the Midwest. We took a cab from the airport straight to campus, stashed our luggage, hurried to the quad and joined a 9 a.m. tour led by a girl with jet-black hair and worn-out red high tops.
Though they may inspire interesting thought experiments, the Common App's five prompts cannot accommodate the full range of genius and idiosyncrasies that today's students, from plugger to genius, can exhibit.
NSA analysts claim that based on their study of Facebook and Twitter records, freshman students have constructed a variety of elaborate excuses, such as attending parties, joining clubs, or "studying," to avoid calling their families.
The way in which universities admit students can seem like a bit of a mystery -- even after completing the process yourself. Misguided assumptions and well-circulated rumors litter mainstream thought. Don't allow yourself to fall for them!
Stand up for yourselves -- say NO to a common application, and design one that is specific to your college. And while you're at it, let students send it via post if they so choose.
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.
Public service jobs are critical for our nation's future -- from teaching our kids to keeping our communities safe -- and many college grads are eager to put their new skills to work in these kinds of careers. But crushing levels of debt often make it too hard.