With Every End, There is a Beginning

Inspiration for The Topic of  . . . Your Choice came from The New York Times’ college counseling blog. Intended to help thousands of students and families in the quest to pursue college, but first be admitted, the newspaper ended the blog’s run this summer.  Nevertheless, after many loyal readers voiced their disappointment, the New York Times organized an archive of the blog as a way to access still very relevant information.  I invite you to browse: http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/04/applying-to-college-with-the-new-york-times/.

As quickly as the summer passed, the beginning of the school year is well underway.  In fact, the opening to the school year has never felt this good.  The energy and the spirit of moving forward in the college application process are palpable.  Therefore, it will be difficult to jump out of the flowing stream to hit the road for several days.  Nevertheless, joining fellow counselors for The Best of Chicago Tour: Lake Forest College, Northwestern University, and University of Chicago – I’ll add Loyola University Chicago to the list – has been delightfully anticipated.  With applications certainly to be submitted to these colleges, I’ll look forward to putting myself in my students’ shoes while visiting the campuses.  I’ll be in touch to let you know what I find out . . .

In the meantime, I recommend to seniors that they continue work on the Common Application, specifically taking inventory of the questions asked and the information requested on the college supplements.  This is the area of the application where students should reflect back on their campus visits and recall detail by reviewing completed college evaluation forms.  That reminds me . . . I need to pack a journal for my college trip to Chicago.

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