Musings

Musings

Applying to college is taxing, from the first college visit until the final decision is made. Perhaps no time in the process is more stressful than ticking through these cold weeks, politely dodging the questions of aunts and cousins, waiting for a stranger in an office somewhere to decide what your next four years will look like.
Getting lost used to be more common. Just 10 or 15 years ago, before we could rely on our phones and satellites to keep track of us, we had to keep track of ourselves. And we did so imperfectly. At least, my friends and I did. Often, we’d plod along until we registered something recognizable – the Citgo sign by Fenway Park in Boston, that blue doored seafood restaurant, the bridge we crossed earlier in the day – and we would accommodate that new information. Or we would find our way to a map and orient ourselves.  
                                              Like Dogs?   “The dog is imitating the energy that is in your bubble. You are the source, the feast of energy. If you feel anxious, the dog becomes anxious with you. If you become nervous, the dog wakes up nervous with you.”
I recently had lunch with my friend Fred, whose daughter (now out of college) attended the same school where my son just started 9th grade. I asked him whether he had any advice for my son about having a successful freshman year. “Nope,” he replied, “no advice for your son. I do, however, have advice for the parents of a 9th grader. Would you like to hear it?” When I nodded my assent, he offered, “Keep your own counsel.”  
Yesterday was the first day of summer officially. Most school years have ended (sorry to those who still have a few more days or maybe even another week!). Here’s a snippet of what each class might want to think about this summer to stay on track and be prepared for the next school year: Rising Freshmen
Yesrerday was the first day of summer officially. Most school years have ended (sorry to those who still have a few more days or maybe even another week!). Here’s a snippet of what each class might want to think about this summer to stay on track and be prepared for the next school year: Rising Freshmen
The new SAT that many of us took on Saturday was, in many ways, more of the same.  It remains an SAT, not an ACT.  A few big observations and some specifics:
Another decade, another change to the SAT.  Sadly, not the changes I would have liked to see.
Downtime Is Not Wasted Time – SAT Prep vs. Self-Prep:
My son is a dreamer. In his second grade parent-teacher conference, his teachers (lovely, warm and nurturing educators) had visibly tightened jaws when describing my son’s “rich inner life.”  
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