The Common App, College Applications, and Preparing for Unforeseen Obstacles 1

So the Common App and its technological challenges are still in the news this week. After reading a ton of articles on the topic, I realized many of them focused on how horrible this has been for applicants and how much stress it has added to an already stressful process. This got me thinking: are there things applicants can do to avoid or at least minimize stress when problems come up while completing college applications? After discussing with some colleagues and jotting down some notes, I realized that the answer is definitively yes – and the advice on how to do so is surprisingly simple. Read on for my take on how to avoid or at least effectively deal with surprise road blocks during the college application process! More…

The Gap Year Reply

Yesterday in an article on, 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: