I'm sad to report that I've had 4-5 conversations lately about last minute "emergencies." None of these exchanges involved actual, bona fide, life-threatening emergencies of course.
First, I'm a college advisor. Not a cardiologist. Or bail bondsman. Those guys have real emergencies.
My fauxmergencies involve sudden realizations that, yes, the school year is starting and all best laid plans 'o mice and kids of getting college applications, essays, or doing well on the SAT or ACT have gone awry.
But wait, there will be more fake emergencies, right around Early Decision, Early Action and financial aid deadlines, and frantic phone calls and emails requesting help. Some will come in the day of said deadlines. (We don't bother to return those calls.)
Harken unto me and listen to my best possible advice I can give anyone in 12th, 11th, 10th grades or younger: there are no surprise deadlines. All colleges publish...