Pretty much anything that has complexity, intensity, high stakes, and a ticking clock piques my interest. Finding elements of these in life is easy but few combine them as elegantly as Netflix’s House of Cards. I recently finished season 2 (rest assured, no spoilers coming) and the timing is apropos as my office begins the very real, living, and breathing process of admissions committee.
We’re in the home stretch. Applications have been read, 2nd read, and filed into three weeks’ worth of committee meetings. Groups of seven or more admissions officers sit together, reading (literally reading out loud) our write-ups of your application. The committees will vote to admit, waitlist, or deny.
Decisions will be made.
We want to admit you (really, applicants to 2018 are special) but it’s an understatement that reality hurts. We’ve spent the last two months building special cases to admit students from our territories and, in minutes that work can be undone.
I believe you don’t know someone…
I’m someone who likes structure…but I don’t require it. These days, my only structure takes form in reading goals for the day. How many can I finish?
So, on a day like Friday when we aren’t required to be in the office (most read from home) it's fun to see who comes in and how they look. So, I present what could become a thing if you all like. Click the image for a full size photo and caption.
[Note: No one expected their picture to be taken until I demanded it]
We ask you to “Let your life speak…” in our supplement and, in response, many applicants focus explicitly on their community. In fact, that word is even in the prompt. Writing an essay like this is meant to be thought provoking and I’ve found that many people focus on the same general things.
Does any of this sound familiar?Lying on the grass in a hut with my host family, I truly felt a part of their community. Nightly meals with family kept us close and the dinner table became a symbol of community. United by pushing our physical limits and time spent together, our team became a community. It takes a village to raise a child and my neighborhood brought me up in our community.
I think you get the point. Now, I’m here to say there is nothing wrong with writing an essay about community. I suspect that in today’s world, truly feeling the community around you is very hard. We all grow up with some version of a community and it’s easy to take it for granted. Sometimes an extreme/emotional/unusual…
Maybe you’re hyper organized like me, then again, maybe not. Either way, you've probably perused the statistics, visited campuses, and done some research. You've no doubt recycled pounds of brochures with pictures of happy students studying outside or holding test tubes in a lab or dancing on a stage. Maybe, just maybe, you’re looking at the calendar and thinking about starting your college applications.
I remember how hard writing those first thoughts were. The endless conversations with parents and friends didn’t help much. Being told to “write about my passions” wasn’t the most helpful advice.
I’m here to help because no matter where you are in the process, or where you plan to apply, you aren’t in this alone.
From now until the deadline (January 1st for Regular Decision) our website will feature practical and useful application advice for those of you who are ready to go. Though you can look forward to new advice constantly, this blog is a starting point. For you type-As, use this…
Here I sit a mere 10 days away from the Early Decision I deadline (counting the extension to 11/8). For you, this means final proof reading (hopefully) or at least starting (less ideal, but doable) your ED applications. Applying to college requires a mountain of work but you, dear readers, rarely get a glimpse into an admissions office as it ramps up for reading season.
Summer is long past, travel is over , and applications are starting to stack up in our office. I would describe the moment of writing this blog as the calm before the storm. Materials are arriving, the processing staff is hard at work compiling materials, and my colleagues are waiting to get the giant metaphorical “green light” from our supervisors to start reading files. In case you were wondering, that moment will happen next week at our annual reading meeting when Dean Coffin introduces the year of reading and calibrates the office. We have five new members of our office and they need to know things like how to use the…