Nov 20 2014
This article spurred me to write today’s column: Applications by the Dozen, as Anxious Seniors Hedge College Bets.
The article talks about how some seniors are shotgunning their applications to a lot of colleges in order to hedge their college admission bets. One student is applying to 29 colleges! One applied to 56!! And the record per Common App is 86!!!
And these apps cost money. One student interviewed said her app fees cost her parents $1,500.
In contrast to the above, my son approached me with his list of 12 and wanted to cut back because he thought I’d have to pay too much (what a kid!).
But, I find it interesting that the parents will allow this. I also find it interesting that the families don’t realize that colleges know that this is going on. That is why schools look for the IQ of an applicant – the Interest Quotient. This refers to if they have visited, met with faculty, done online chats, etc. (I think visiting 29 colleges will be kind of difficult.) It just isn’t common sense to send out this many applicationss – maybe it’s a feel-good thing for the parents to brag about at the club on Friday night.
But these are probably families from a wealthier socio-economic group who can afford it. Better yet though, maybe cut the number of schools down, and with the money saved pay for the apps of some deserving milkids who have the potential but can’t afford to apply to as many schools as they deserve.
Anyway, instead of completing a ginormous load of apps and essays, here is what seniors should be doing right now per college admissions counselor (and milspouse) Kerri Beckert, of Anchor Collegiate – She’s been successfully consulting with families for quite awhile and helped many kids get into selective colleges best suited for them, so she knows of what she speaks:
“As admissions season comes to an end, my biggest piece of advice is to prepare for rejection. It’s going to happen, it’s not personal, and it doesn’t change your life. Colleges reject thousands of qualified, well-qualified, and over qualified candidates each year. Very few students get into every college to which they apply. Chances are rejection will happen to every senior who applies.
Realizing that college is still in the plans, that your life will still continue, and you will succeed, is paramount. Let yourself be sad for a day, and then move on. And most importantly- KEEP IT OFF SOCIAL MEDIA.”
That piece of advice bodes well for Ms. I’m Applying to 55 Colleges My Parent’s Finances Be Damned.