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The best college advice I’ve read recently (and less than 400 words).

January 5, 2011

If you are somehow involved in the college process, as a parent, student or teacher, this blog post from the Director of College Counseling at Swickley Academy is a must read.

College Guidance: 5 best tips and practices

Two of my favorites:

I. View the college process as manageable and enjoyable. It’s truly a simple, three-step process:

  • Guided self-reflection
  • College research
  • College application and selection process

II. Don’t get caught up in the hype.
Students do NOT need to begin the college search process in Grade 9. In fact, they would be much better served to focus that energy on doing well in classes and getting involved in their school and in their community.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 6, 2011 11:58 am

    As a college consultant, it is so nice to see some perspective brought to the college admissions process. I think you have made some excellent points. My only concern is with students who do not do any self reflection and often choose college impulsively and for the wrong reasons.
    Finding schools that are the right fit does require time and research.

    College Direction
    Denver, Colorado

    • January 6, 2011 6:36 pm

      Susie,
      I definitely think the college search goes very wrong when students fail to do self reflection. In fact, the learning process also usually goes wrong when this happens as well, and this is why I try to get my students reflecting about their learning as soon as possible. I also think that students, if they can begin to realize some of the best predictors of their satisfaction and happiness in college are a student’s attitude and ability to connect with adults. If they can internalize this, I think it can be the foundation for a healthier and less stressful search.

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