Are college admissions officers being ridiculous?
Yesterday I posted three questions I had posed to admissions directors aroun the country with the responses. One of the questions asked the directors whether they are looking for students with long resumes listing many activities or a demonstrated passion for something. The answers were varied, but many said they wanted to see the latter.
Here’s the reaction of one reader, who asked not to be identified. I think she raises a legitimate point. Do you agree?
When popular colleges read essays what really pops out about the student?I am amused how 17 years old are suppose to pursue something with vigor,passion and a leadership role!!!!
Gee, how many of the admissions counselors personally meet the criteria of their colleges’ admission standards? Stick with one thing....try a lot of new things. Isn’t high school about exploring and trying new things and if you find something stick with it or if you don’t keeping searching?
Our child’s high school comes up with a couple of new clubs every year. Want to learn how to fly an airplane? Take up yoga? Our child’s school has 50+ clubs andorganizations, etc. for students to explore. Some students do find a passion and stay with it and others try out numerous clubs because the choices are so vast and interesting.
Good grief if a child can’t explore from 14 - 17 when are they going to explore? Retirement??
| November 4, 2009; 2:00 PM ET
Categories: College Admissions | Tags: college admissions
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