Something funny dawned on me the other day when I was preparing my notes for our upcoming bootcamp session.
A few months ago, the college advisor multiverse had their you-know-whats in a bunch over the upcoming, predicted use of Chat GPT for college essays. The sky was falling. But now it's like this never happened.
These days, all the buzz is about the Supreme Court's recent decision that the current practice of race-conscious admissions violates the Constitution. Current practice.
I want you to understand something: the Court did not shut the door on underrepresented minorities at the country's elite colleges. Instead, the majority suggested that colleges must recruit differently. Individually, not based on race.
One of the two obvious methods we all expect college admissions departments to implement has to do with supplemental essays. That likely means that there will be more opportunities for students to talk about their cultural and ethnic "lived experiences".
(I can't believe...
Apparently college applications as of January are up by 22% compared to last year.
High school seniors are applying to more schools, according to one college consultant (not me, but I'm also seeing the same trend in my anecdotal, micro-universe).
Does that mean that it will be harder to get into college this year? Permit me to make a few comments.
First, more applications does not mean more APPLICANTS applying to college. The number of kids applying is actually trending down, partially due to predicted demographics, and partially because of the pandemic, economy and outrageous cost of college, which has risen every year since the beginning of time.
(Side prediction: next year's increase in college costs will again outstrip the current, also outrageous inflation numbers reported this week.)
Second, as the Common App data weenies point out, more applications does not equate to more enrollments. Colleges will still have to scrap tooth and nail to convince...
I don't think it's me (I never do) but this year has been CRAZIER than ever.
I'm not only referring to the kids we coach through the college application process: parents have gone bonkers too!
On the kid-side, we had in inordinate number of seniors making last minute, final revisions to their essays yesterday for November 1 deadlines...
Re: parents, I cannot begin to tell you how many "helped" their children by stepping in, pushing them aside and completely taking over the essay-writing process. I see it every year, but I've never seen it this bad.
I'm not just griping. There's an important point here, that's all-too-easy to get lost in the shuffle: If you, parent, take over the college applications for your child, you are sending them an unsubtle message...
Not exactly a confidence builder, right?
Trust me, I know how busy our children are, and I understand the impulse to help. ...