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Although school’s out for the summer, here are some take-away tips for rising sophomores on what to expect their junior year in high school.
For over 25 years, I have juggled two careers: one as a writer, teacher and editor and the other as a public relations, marketing and branding executive. Both comprise the toolset I employ when working with high school juniors and seniors on their college search and application process.
While there is the nuts-and-bolts aspect of the job — drafting Common Application Essays and college supplements, creating a realistic college list of “reaches, targets and likelies,” preparing for interviews, practicing on-the-spot writing drills, establishing a calendar of deadlines — there is also the less tangible, but equally challenging facet which is the emotional component of working with teenagers on the brink of adulthood.
As a mother of college students, I have experienced the application process through the lens of two very different learners. Combined, I toured nearly 50 colleges, oversaw the application process both in the public and private school sector and navigated the various deadlines and admissions options. Helping my own children has helped me with a third skill-set which I bring into the mix when working with students: time management and active listening.
When coaching high school applicants on their public school, private day school and boarding school applications, I use the same approach: help students shape a narrative that communicates an aspect of who they are and what’s important to them.