The Gap Year Reply

Yesterday in an article on CNN.com, teacher and educational consultant David Marcus responded to the recent technical difficulties on the Common App website by using those glitches to encourage more students to take a gap year between the end of high school and start of college. He says:

I urge 12th-graders to consider a gap year, combining working, going to community college and doing public service. Grow up, I say, and take a year to find your passions and to give back to the taxpayers who have done a lot for you. Parents in high-pressure communities usually dismiss that idea.

I’m secretly hoping for more delays with the Common App.

If kids can’t apply to college now, they can’t go next year. And that means they’ll be forced to take a gap year, which likely will be the best preparation for college of which anyone can dream. More…

So, About those Common App Glitches… Reply

I’m guessing that most college applicants have heard about – or possibly experienced firsthand – the problems plaguing the Common App online interface recently. If you haven’t here are a couple news stories that should bring you up to speed:

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/10/16/common-application-glitches-block-students-applying

http://money.cnn.com/2013/10/15/pf/college/college-common-application-problems/

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Recommendations for Grad School – Choosing a Recommender Reply

We just added a new article on the site designed to answer some of the most important and basic questions about letters of recommendation for graduate school. In this first release, we focus on how you should decide on someone to write your recommendations. Check it out:

http://www.petersons.com/graduate-schools/graduate-admissions/choosing-a-recommender/

And be sure to stay tuned, as we’ll have another related article up in the coming weeks that focuses on some other important considerations when it comes to your recommendations. Have further questions or ideas for an article we could write on this topic? Let us know in the comments!

Should You Submit a Supplemental Essay? Reply

I get this question a lot, particularly when students are dealing with an application that says something like, “If there’s anything else you think the admissions committee should know…” or, “If there’s any part of your application that requires further explanation…” and then gives you the option to write. What to do when given this option? More…

Personal Statement vs. Statement of Purpose – What’s the Difference? Is there one? Reply

As you work to complete your graduate school applications, your program will likely ask for a personal statement, a statement of purpose, or even both. The program might give you detailed instructions on what should be included in the statement or leave you to figure it out on your own with an enigmatic ‘Include a Personal Statement/Statement of Purpose’. More…