College admissions deans have admitted repeatedly that poorly written essays can "do in" a student with top grades and test scores and that great essays can sometimes turn the tide toward acceptance for a student with less-than-stellar grades and test scores.
Summer vacation may have been designed to let students help out with the crops, but now it offers a chance to recharge, do something different, and remember there's more to the world than the next bell, next text, or next test prep class.
In my head, I know that parenthood is just a scaffolding, a temporary support during our children's construction of the actual building of their adult lives. But inwardly, I am beginning the uneasy process of squaring my heart with their growing up and leaving.
There are many ways to have a productive summer and improve your chances of college admission at the same time. With these summer options, you're bound to find a way to make the summer both engaging and enriching.
This explains why your parents gave you SAT flash cards for your first communion, or a gold bracelet for your bat mitzvah with the inscription, www.commonapp.org. It also explains why your mother's therapist can send his daughter to Cornell without taking out any loans.
Great parenting begins with loving a son or daughter unconditionally. Great admissions decisions begin with a cool assessment of a student's strengths and weaknesses. The gap between the two could not be wider.
Panicked parents of next year's high school seniors are anticipating a rough ride when it comes to applying to colleges in the fall, and when you ask them why, they point to what happened in college admissions this past year.
Students rely on high school counselors to help them negotiate the daunting maze of tests, applications and financial aid forms, but can still make uninformed decisions that don't work out. If you could change that trend for free, would you?
Something has been really bugging me. It's not unique to me -- every kid my age goes through it in a similar way. It's a modern horror that I've just dipped my toes into: THE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS PROCESS.