As a teacher of a senior writing course and as a mother of a college senior, 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:
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!
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!
Going Beyond Cliché – How To Write a Great College Essay: from that same NY Times site . . . another example of how practical the site is.
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:
The Joys of Attending College Far From Home: For those wondering if they should attend out-of-state, one student perspective . . .
4. VIDEO FROM USC STUDENTS: What I Wish I Knew as a Freshmen . . . applicable advice for freshmen attending any university.