Resources Every College-Bound Senior Needs
As a teacher of a senior writing course and as a mother of a college junior, I have particular interest and personal experience in college preparation. Below is a collection of videos, sites and articles that I’ve used personally and in the classroom. Share these and let me know what you think:
VIDEOS I SHOW MY SENIORS:
1. William and Mary Admission Prompt: Many students envision the admissions officers as formal, unapproachable, stuffy old souls. This illustrates that they are, in fact, normal peeps just like them. (as recommended by @AndersonGL on Twitter)
The Social Media Revolution 2012 . . . underscores the importance of continually educating ourselves in today’s fast-paced technological society:
2. ARTICLES AND SITES I SHARE WITH SENIORS:
1. Application Advice from College Admissions Officials - current, up-to-date advice from the sources themselves
2. From a New Alum: A Bucket List for Incoming Freshmen – practical advice here
3. 7 Prestigious Undergrad Scholarships: Students should apply for these!! I’m having my second semester students choose (at least) one. The essay they create for the scholarship will be a graded assignment!
4. NY Times – DeMystifying College Admissions and Aid: The New York Times has a wonderful site devoted especially to college-bound students. My seniors love exploring this!
5. Going Beyond Cliché – How To Write a Great College Essay: from that same NY Times site . . . another example of how practical the site is.
6. Beloit College Mindlist List – These lists put it all in perspective, illustrating the cultural milestones that helped shape their lives thus far.
OTHER ITEMS THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST TO SENIORS:
1. Five Impractical College Majors That Just Might Make You Rich : Food for thought as students ponder their future majors
2. The Joys of Attending College Far From Home: For those wondering if they should attend out-of-state, one student perspective . . .
3. Which College Ranking Set Should You Use: A helpful debriefing of distinctions between the listings.
4. VIDEO FROM USC STUDENTS: What I Wish I Knew as a Freshmen . . . applicable advice for freshmen attending any university.