Learning life skills through the university admissions process

I’m a firm believer that the admissions process itself lends to a beautiful opportunity for the student to learn about herself, build confidence and learn how to put her best foot forward…in her applications and beyond. And, that the admissions process, when done correctly, will help students develop skills they will use throughout life. On Friday I met with my students to go over their latest research on the universities they are considering applying to this fall. I expect them to do a very thorough process of investigation—providing them with a full research guide, giving them a list of acceptable sources I expect them to use while researching each university (as with any good research,

What if I don't like what I think I want to study?

The best question I've received all week. All month. When my students ask me this question I know they are really starting to think about themselves. About who they are. About the reality of university and what this process is starting to mean to them and about how they need to start thinking about themselves. This is a very real question. I always assume that every one of my students--yes, even those of you who we confirmed time and time again that you're going for engineering or applying to a country that requires you apply to a specific course of study--considers this question for herself. Remember, I work with young adults. If you're reading this and are a not-young-adult (that's

Let's omit "What are my chances?" from the discussion [for now]

You’re a student who will be applying to university this year—realistically in about 8 to 9 months for those applying to some earlier deadlines around the globe—and are already well into the process of discovering different types of universities, what you like about them, what you don’t. But, what you really want to know—or what your parents are asking perhaps more directly than you’d like—is, “What are my chances of getting in?” And, the answer to that is this: "You’re not listening to me." Or, for those of you who have not heard me yet, “We just don’t know right now.” The second part of the response is perhaps more helpful to you: Focus instead on what you can control right now and foll

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