“Class Rank — Bad — Hard on the child’s ego; eliminate
GPA — Not helpful — Too many varieties; throw them all out and recalculate, but DON’T TELL ANYONE!
SAT/ACT scores — Bad — not good indicators of college success; go test optional
SAT Subject Tests — Discriminatory — Many students don’t even know what these are; recommend, but don’t require
AP Exam Scores — Discriminatory — Favors certain students in certain schools; not their intended purpose anyway
Essays — Questionable — Who is really writing these?
Recommendations — Not helpful — generic, most teachers cut and paste anyway and counselors really don’t know the kids.
Activities — Not helpful — padded at best; exaggerated at worst; State U doesn’t ask for them; throw them out
Demonstrated Interest — Questionable — Which moms can generate the most hits on the college website and afford to make a campus visit.”
Inspired by Dennis’ observation, counselor Patrick O’Connor of Cranbrook Kingswood School offered this footnote:
Rigor, or strength of schedule — REALLY BAD– I mean, all those teachers out there, teaching whatever they feel like and handing out class titles like “Advanced” and “Honors” like trophies at the banquet for the 8 year-old soccer league?”
Patrick heartily agreed with Dennis’ final observation during this most hectic time of the college application season —
It’s been a long week. And it’s only Tuesday. Time to step away from the computer.