Unless you are the parent of a child who got into their top choice school using the early decision process, then you are most likely among the multitude of parents who are trying to deal with an emotional vortex fraught with anxiety and stress.
You would think colleges would send out senioritis alerts to remind those of you who have been accepted that you still have work to do. But they do not. Freshman through junior years get you in; senior year performance keeps you in.
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?
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?
I've been thinking about this column from the moment I submitted my first back in October of 2010. Then, and even as recently as a few months ago, I envisioned a giant, 800-word middle finger to the system as my final parting gift.
Since listening to my peers' thoughtful advice, I have been stockpiling a list of the things that I wish I had known before coming to college -- things a little more substantial than my older brother's advice to bring an extension cord.
While this may seem completely predictable and cliché, I have to admit that I truly believe that my experience at the University of Michigan has equipped me with not just a diploma, but a skill set that has adequately prepared me for what is to come.