College Admission is featured in "A Summer Reading List from College Admission Counselors" in Valerie Strauss' Washington Post Answer Sheet blog. Thank you to Kenyon College Dean Jennifer Delahunty for recommending our book! This is a great list overall, assembled by Brennan Barnard, director of college counseling of The Derryfield School in Manchester, New Hampshire with suggestions for parents and students, as well as some all-around fun summer reading such as Claude Steele's “Whistling Vivaldi," recommended by: Susan Weingartner, Director of College Counseling at Chicago's Francis W.
John Carpenter has advice for the college lovelorn in this month's guest blog.
Don’t do it. Don’t fall in love.
It’s the month of love, and you’d have to be blind or an old grump not to see the messages everywhere, brandished in hot pink letters and decorated with cupids and hearts. I particularly like those little candy hearts that have messages stamped on them such as BE MINE, FOREVER YOURS, and YOU’RE A CUTEY. And of course, because just about everything in this world makes me think of college admissions, February is a month that is also very much connected to what juniors and seniors are going through in that regard.
For seniors, this short month feels like the longest month, and for juniors, February means watching what seniors are going through while beginning to get serious about their own college search. For both groups, the messages of love are everywhere: view books, websites, college fairs. Pick me! Apply here! Make us your first choice! And my message to you:DON’T DO IT.
Don’t fall in love.
With a college.
Not quite yet.
It's not over 'til it's over. Seniors, you may have submitted your applications and caught up on your sleep, but -- apologies! -- there are still some things you need to do. High school counselor and author John Carpenter joins us again this month with some helpful reminders.
January… For most seniors that means applications are finished. Submitted. Done.
Submitting your application is only one part of this process. Most kids, I will admit, exhale a big sigh of relief after they've submitted their apps. They either celebrate that the deadline has been met or sleep for two weeks. And while both options are perfectly acceptable, there’s still a little more to do. It’s called follow-up.
Here’s a list of tasks to be sure to take care of AFTER you submit your applications:
John Carpenter is back this month to commiserate with those students who are at heart procrastinators. In other words, those students who have not completed their applications yet. Read on to share the insights of a fellow travel in procrastination land and get inspired. Regardless of your disposition, the time is now!
It’s the holidays. You’re on break. Time to sleep in every single day if you want. And if you’re like many high school students, you still have some work to do on finishing college applications. I get it—I procrastinate, too, and it’s not as bad as everyone says it is. But there are some real advantages to getting things done early, and of course, those of you who are FINISHED and have submitted applications know this already. But this post is not for you.
For you, those who get everything done ahead of time, congratulations. We procrastinators wish we were more like you, but we’re not. We try. And sometimes we even get better, but the truth is that many of us will always put things off to the very end.
So, if you’re one of those finally getting around to getting your apps finished, good for you.
John Carpenter is back this month to remind students that there are some other essays that are "all about you" -- the recommendations from your counselor and teachers. Read on for his tips on how to get the best writing -- that is, the best results!
In applying to college, writing is enormously important because good writing tells us something we need to know. I spend a lot of time talking to students about writing their essays, and I usually enjoy reading what people have written and hearing the stories. While there’s a lot of emphasis on creating the perfect essay, there’s another kind of writing where students also have some influence and most high school kids don’t even think about it -- and that’s the recommendations.
Yep, recommendations. Those other great little essays that are all about you, written by your teachers and counselor. If you think it’s tough to write a personal statement for an application and a couple of short supplement essays as well, imagine what it’s like for your high school English teacher who is probably writing about 15 or 20 essays--er, I mean, recommendations--for her students. And then there’s your counselor who, depending on how big your graduating class is, could be writing 15 or 20 -- or even as many as 100 or more. Seriously!
Seniors, how go your essays? If you’re struggling a little, we have an exercise we’ve found to be particularly effective for students whether they’re just starting or working on that fourth or fifth supplement! It’s one of our favorite writing prompts and one we often use when working with students in essay workshops: making a list.
Just sit down at the computer, set a timer for 5 minutes and start writing a list beginning with the prompt:
I'm really good at…
And to give you a better idea of how this works, we’re sharing our own lists with you.
Here is Robin Mamlet's:
I'm really good at:
Words with Friends
Being a mom
Drawing out others
Snuggling with my kids on the couch
Learning new things
John Carpenter is back this month with some thoughts about who is really in the driver's seat during the college application process. While it might feel like the college admission offices are steering, if you pay attention you'll see that students have the wheel much of the time. Read on and reevaluate what you've been feeling if things are feeling out of control.
One thing I hear constantly from high school kids over and over is that applying to college is stressful. And psychologists tell us that stress comes from a feeling that we are not in control -- especially the big stuff. Getting into college falls into the “big stuff” category. But students have more control in this whole process than they may realize. So, let’s analyze that.
John Carpenter is the author of Going Geek: What Every Smart Kid (and Every Smart Parent) Should Know About College Admissions and a monthly guest blogger for us here at College Admission. Today, John looks at the balancing, juggling, ring of fire, joyous act that is senior year. Read on to learn how students can enjoy the beginning of senior year and, with a checklist in hand, seize the day.
Classes are going full steam ahead, you’re getting used to your new schedule, you’re discovering ideas and people you hadn’t noticed before--yep, you’re a senior. You’re in your last year of high school. Very cool.
College counselor and author of Going Geek: What Every Smart Kid and Every Smart Parent Should Know About College Admissions John Carpenter has more helpful insight into the waitlist decision in a post on his blog, askjohnaboutcollege.com. Check out Not Loving the Wait List? to learn about how and why colleges use them, the realities of a waitlist spot, and why you should wear a waitlist spot as a badge of honor. Important information for students making their decisions!
It's decision time. For some of you -- those with a clear first-choice or an early admission -- your choice of which college to attend may be straightforward. For others -- those with no clear first-choice and multiple admission letters -- choosing will require further thought.