Finding the Fit: Driving Into the Future

Leading up to the first week of November, my college counselor stayed after school with me to push me towards finishing application supplements. The week before the first of November forced me into essay-writing overdrive. Honestly, I had only started my QuestBridge partner school applications at my college counselor's urging. I imagined on October 22 I would find out I had become a National College Match Finalist. Instead, on October 22, I began a fourteen day trek to finish the required materials eight schools needed. I hardly slept that week, trying to concentrate on the supplemental essays and financial aid forms as best I could with school. Needless to say, I would never go back in time to experience my sleep deprivation. It was so physically and emotionally draining to put everything together. It has been a reflective process for me. I have learned so much about myself, my dreams and how they relate to my plans. However, what I found most difficult to learn about myself is … [Read more...]

Finding the Fit: Cali Boy

Hi friends. It’s me again, here to give you an update on my application process. First, I would like to discuss the careful balancing act of applying to schools while managing school work in the fall semester. On the one hand, everything that I have worked for these past years has been with the intention of transferring to a good university/college in the hopes of making something of myself. So naturally, I would love to spend all of my time carefully preparing my applications since they carry such important ramifications. Yet, at the same time, I am carrying a 15 unit course load in the fall semester which is the last semester that colleges will look at in terms of GPA before they make an admissions decision. I’ve heard from multiple sources that an upward trend is very important and this semester in particular is the most important of them all. Naturally, there is a conflict where I wish I could be brushing up on my applications or contacting schools but instead I need to spend the … [Read more...]

Finding the Fit: Lizzie Bennett

In all my seventeen years, I knew January first as the start of a new year, but this year there is a whole new layer to that. Almost all my college applications are due on the first day of 2014 and it’s been a whole month of frantic writing. Common App claims a position as one of the most viewed pages and there can never be enough hot chocolate. Although I started writing my personal statement last summer, there’s nothing like a good old clock to appear next to colleges on the Common App to really boost productivity. The tree is decorated, lights strung, and presents wrapped, but I spent this Christmas in my pajamas racking my brain for ideas about something noteworthy -- ordinary, but meaningful -- that happened in my life. The most important thing to do is research the college fully. Friends asked why I wanted to attend this university or that college and I realized I didn’t know enough to give them a convincing answer. After spending a couple hours thoroughly searching the … [Read more...]

What’s the Deal With Teenagers and Procrastination?

This may sound like the intro to a bad comedy bit, but what's the deal with teenagers and procrastination?  As a reformed procrastinator myself, I get it.  It’s tough to juggle school demands, a social life, extracurricular activities, and maybe having dinner with your family once in a while.  But I’m finding that procrastination is a widespread disease that can lie dormant before coming on full-force. UC schools and other college like them make their firm Nov. 30 application deadline heard loud and clear at counselor conferences.  We, in turn, strongly encourage, urge, and constantly remind our students to not wait until 11:59pm on November 30th to press “submit,” unless they enjoy technical issues and want to risk their application not getting in on time or being considered at all. I’m particularly frustrated with students waiting until the last minute because of the panicked emails I received over winter break—a time for students and faculty alike to enjoy some well-deserved … [Read more...]

Twas the Night Before a Deadline

The holiday season is upon us, which means wearing sweaters, attending festive parties, watching cheesy holiday shows and movies, and, the best part, enjoying a winter break!  I know I am looking forward to some time away from school and I’m sure my students are just as excited.  In my family, there’s a tradition of reading ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas every year.  So, I decided to write my blog post a little differently this month…   ‘Twas the night before a deadline, as 2014 grads Worked on computers that were whirring, even some iPads, The essays were written and revised with care, In hopes that admission offers soon would be there. The students typed away, focused at desks and in beds, While visions of scholarships danced in their heads. And my colleague and I checked our email and phones, Hoping for peace and quiet, a break from the groans. When right from my phone there arose such a sound, I sprang from the couch as my heart began to … [Read more...]