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College Calm and the Long View

by Lauren Gersick
Associate Director of College Counseling

Nearly every day for the last few weeks, a news outlet has spent some measure of time on the glitches in the new Common Application. Indeed, especially in the early days of the launch, there were some problems. And there continue to be moments of high volume and upload delays on the CA website.  For the most part, however, Urban students and their teachers (who are all diligently editing and uploading essays and letters for applications under early admission options), have had total success navigating the new site. 

While we certainly don't want to minimize the frustration when the technical infrastructure of an admission process stumbles, it is worth noting that Urban students and teachers seem to have taken all the "noise" in stride and to have demonstrated those characteristics that colleges cite as so highly desirable: resilience, eagerness in collaboration, curiosity and independence. When a student was having a tricky time uploading an essay this week he turned not to the comments section of the 900th article on the Common Application in the New York Times but instead to his peers on the Urban college conference. And they replied--quickly and in numbers--with a solution.

I encourage everyone, whether student, parent or teacher, to keep this anecdote in mind when thinking about or actually executing the college application process. If there is ever a time for a high school senior to demonstrate his or her capacity to work alongside others, to be resourceful and take the long view, it may be now.  

Posted by lgersick on Friday November, 1, 2013 at 01:44PM


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