The end of the school year is in sight and teachers and students are starting to wind down. Teachers’ Facebook posts are beginning to feature margarita close ups, and your teenager may have developed a case of “I’m done caring”.
When thinking about going to college, there are many things that you’re likely considering -such as the size of the school, location, housing choices, and of course, academic options. In fact, SO much emphasis in the college application and decision-making process is put on academics – does the college or university offer the major I want?
Art school is a real college. There are a lot of misconceptions of what a degree in the performing and visual arts entails… that an arts degree is not rigorous, that graduates will have less options in the employment market, or that as a performing or visual arts student, I will get to solely focus on the work I want to make.
Kids go to college to continue their education. Sure, that’s true. But the actual reality of going to college involves so much more than academics. As students engage in college research and begin to formulate an idea of what they are looking for in a school, they should also check in with themselves to ensure that they are ready – beyond academic preparation – for this enormous transition.
My son has played squash for years, and has always expected to play in college. But now he’s entering his junior year, and other parents are telling me that getting a squash coach’s attention is even more competitive than the game itself.
The sports recruiting process seems so confusing. What do my wife and I need to do to boost our son’s desirability?
Baffled in Boston
College is NOT Just a Bigger High School: Preparing First-year Students for the Academic Expectations
College-bound students in the U.S. have learned a few things about classroom transitions. For most of them, the move from elementary school to middle school meant more classes, new challenging academic content, and harder homework. In turn, the move from middle school to high school brought a similar transition: additional classes, more complex academic material, and even harder homework.
Year after year, millions of soon-to-be high school graduates tap their feet nervously as yet another head of school rambles on about this new chapter in their lives. A dozen Hallmark cards filled with cash and a few months later, it’s time to head off to school.
College was one of the greatest times of my life. It was the first time that I set off on my own and was truly responsible for myself and managing my own life. Mom and Dad weren’t there to bother me or tell me what to do.College was one of the greatest times of my life. It was the first time that I set off on my own and was truly responsible for myself and managing my own life. Mom and Dad weren’t there to bother me or tell me what to do.
Nobody likes being rejected. Colleges don’t like being rejected either. So it’s very important for college applicants to show their interest in attending.
Demonstrated interest is one way for colleges to differentiate between students with identical credentials. Reaching out to the admissions office a few times could make the difference.