College admissions process advice: what students should never do

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College admissions process advice: what students should never do

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I think there are really 2 things students should not do during this college search process. One is try not to fall in love with just one school. The problem is you really need to create a list of 10 schools where you will be happy. And if you create a list of one school where you will be happy, knowing that many colleges accept maybe only 10-20-30% of applicants, you're setting yourself up for later heartbreak. So keep your heart open to lots of possibilities. Once you have your acceptances in hand, then you can fall in love with a school. And that's the right time to do it. The other thing that I tell students is to not procrastinate. There is a lot of work that goes into this. It's not hard work. But if you're madly trying to submit your applications literally at 11:58 when they're due at midnight and your computer internet connection goes down, you lose. And there's nothing you can do about it. And you can't explain to colleges that you procrastinated. And please-please-please accept you late. It's just too late. So don't procrastinate this process. Make sure you're getting things in a couple days before all your deadlines so if there's any last minute glitch it can be taken care of and you'll still hit their deadline.
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Robert has been in K-12 education for thirty years; for sixteen years he was a high school history and social studies teacher, teaching subjects such as AP US History, Western Civilization, World History, Economics, and Anthropology. His school administrative career has been equally varied, serving as Director of Activities at a large public high school, and a Middle School Director and Upper School Director at independent (private) schools in the Midwest and California. Robert earned his Bachelor's Degree in History from Carleton College, and his Master's in Education from Claremont Graduate University. He is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). Robert has served on school accreditation teams in the Midwest and California. He has two children, one of whom is an acting and English Literature double major at a large urban university on the East Coast, while the other is a high school junior in Los Angeles.

 

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