Every topic under the sun can be studied, and enjoyed, in a million different ways, in a million different environments.
No one academic discipline is inherently more interesting, more fun, or more professionally valuable than any other.
To an inexperienced or reluctant writer — which describes many college applicants — advice about “voice” is scarcely more useful than merely saying, “Write well.”
At a time when so many universities are flaunting themselves like brands — or, worse, like franchises — Princeton’s commitment to tradition serves it well. It serves the world well, too.
The fervor for American education — with a disturbing, and often naïve, reverence for an Ivy League degree — is arguably more intense in Beijing and Abu Dhabi than it is in Boston and Ann Arbor.
Richard Florida’s forthcoming book, The New Urban Crisis, will likely elicit one of two responses.
The first sentence of a college essay isn’t the “answer” to the question. The “answer” is the entire essay.
Teachers who are honest about their opinions can encourage productive, respectful debates.
I feel little solicitude for the Common Application prompts, contrivances that they are. I do, however, respect institutions’ right to define their curiosity and probe students accordingly. Here are some, though, that deserve a second thought.
If these prompts inspire more candid, creative answers, then UC might be on to something.
Author of study guide for Advanced Placement Human Geography exam.
Time and again, though, it’s the students who see through the platitudes who are the most attractive college applicants.
Students often behave as if recommendation letters don’t exist.
No matter where they’re teaching, no clear-minded teacher enters the classroom every day wanting to make students “college-ready.”
Students can do a great deal, both before and after applying, to ensure that they maintain their sanity, embrace colleges’ decisions, and actually increase their chances of getting into their favored schools.
This is Josh’s series of blogs on college counseling, college essays, and related topics.
A college application carries not the slightest fraction of the gravity of a life sentence. Even so, whenever I speak to students about college essays, I implore them to interrogate themselves, not as suspects but as witnesses. Witnesses to their own lives.
Analysis entails a discussion of reasons, consequences, processes, and connections to meaningful ideas.