Friday, August 21, 2009

Thoughts on College Admissions - Class of 2010

Hello, and welcome to my blog! We'll use this forum throughout the year as a way to encourage discussion between all students, leaving behind the boundaries and borders of the traditional classroom. It doesn't matter which period you are in or who you sit next to: hopefully this blog will bring together students from a variety of different periods, background experiences, personalities, thought processes, etc.

For our first post, I'll ask you to read at least two of the following articles regarding the college essay. Choose any two from the list provided, then respond with your insights, observations, comments, etc. Try to move beyond simple responses like, "I knew that" or "I didn't know that." Instead, reflect on your own experiences and expectations as a student readying for college admissions. What insights do these readings offer on the development of those essays?

Please refer by title to the articles that you read and use direct quotations where appropriate.Each person is required to post an individual response, but feel free to comment upon the observations and insights of your classmates, as well. Oh, please include your first name and last initial as well as period number in your post. I look forward to reading your responses...

The Links

Blurring the Line Between a College Application and a Slick Sales Pitch

Getting In Gets Harder: The children of the baby boomers are flooding colleges with applications, making the process more competitive than ever.

Colleges, Awash in Applications, Turning Away Even Top Students

Writing the Essay: Solid Advice From an Expert - UVA

Holding College Chiefs to Their Words

The Perfect Essay
Eight secrets to crafting a memorable personal statement.

The College Essay: Expert Advice

Tip Sheet: An Admissions Dean Offers Advice on Writing a College Essay

Admissions Essay Ordeal: The Young Examined Life

College essays: Nerve-racking search for just the right words

Making a hard-life story open a door to college

Controversy over College Essay Sites

College Admissions ... A little guidance

U.Va. Office of Admission EssaysAdvice from an expert - The Boston Globe

College applications can be too good - The Boston Globe

How much do college admissions essays matter -

Teacher Says College Admissions Essays ( (2)