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Pop Corn Friday – September 4, 2009

The College Planning Partnership

Students are returning to classes right now and over the next couple of weeks.  Shortly after their return, college-bound high school seniors will soon be turning their time and attention to applying to colleges.

With so much pressure to get into the “right” college, wouldn’t it be great to get the inside information from a college admission officer sharing what is important when you are applying to colleges?

This week’s college video of the week does exactly that.

The College Partnership – How the colleges look at the student

Applying to college is a partnership between the student, the parent and the college with each of the parties with distinctive roles.  This week video shares the college partnership from the college’s perspective.

If your student is planning to attend college in the next several years, this is a video to watch,

What are the questions are answered on this week’s video?

  1. How can you better your chances of getting into college?
  2. How important are extra-curricular activities?
  3. What’s important in preparing your college essay?
  4. Should you take Advanced Placement (AP) classes?
  5. How can you ease the stress during the college admission process?

In this week’s Pop Corn Friday’s College Video of the Week

Who knows better than the dean of admissions at Vanderbilt, Douglas Christiansen the factors that colleges look for and at when they are evaluating students for admission.


Mr. Christiansen’s tips.

  1. Take the time to investigate a school and know who they are
  2. When submitting your application, use your community (family, friends and teachers) to proof your application to make sure it reads well and check for spelling and grammatical errors.
  3. Make sure your essay reflects your authenticate “voice” and that it is consistent with the other materials you submit.
  4. Be mature enough to follow directions.  Essays should be length asked for and recommendations should come from a person who knows you well enough to comment on you on your background and maturations.
  5. If you are a sophomore or junior now, take the time to download an application for schools that you are interested in to get a sense of the values on the campus.

Finally, to paraphrase one of the most powerful things Mr. Christiansen said that colleges are looking at college applications for reasons to admit students and build a community of learners.

No college is a fit every student but we believe that every student has a college that is perfect for them. 

Now go out and find your college.


Quote of the Week

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

-by Marianne Williamson from A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles

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