January 27, 2015
College admission has now been my career for nearly eight years, but prior to jumping onto this side of the desk, I spent two years as a high school counselor in my home state of Louisiana. I was never formally the school’s “college counselor,” so I was spared from having to write hundreds upon hundreds of letters of recommendation. But during those two years, due to my role as moderator of the Student Council, I was able to get to know a number of seniors who were going through the admission process. As we prepare to mail out decisions regarding our scholarship decisions, which I am sure will leave a great number of students dissatisfied, confused, and questioning our judgment, a particular meeting with one of my favorite Student Council members is fresh on my mind.
January 22, 2015
What are you going to be when you grow up? What do you want to study in college? What job are you going to get after you graduate? These are the types of questions that you may be hearing from many different people in your life. Is it stressing you out? I know for darn sure it was the most stressful part about the college process when I was in the thick of it. Now, the people who are asking these questions mean well, even if it feels like they are all up in your business sometimes. I understand that you have to walk that fine line between understanding that and making sure you are able to express your own voice.
Are you not sure what you are going to be when you grow up? Are you not sure what you want to study in college? Are you not sure what you are going to do after you graduate college? Now, read carefully….IT IS OKAY! If you are not sure about the future, do not worry. You do not have to know what you want to be when you grow up yet. You do not have to decide on what to study in college yet. You do not have to focus on what is going to happen after you graduate from college yet. While these questions have good intentions, they shift your focus on the end result rather than the journey. Going to college is all about the growth that you experience during the journey.