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11 Oct

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How I Made My College Decision

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By Liz David 

For many high school graduates the end of high school means the beginning and the end of so many things in your life, one of those especially being the beginning of college. The idea of starting your college life is both an exciting and stressful time. The thing that is most stressful (at least in my case) is choosing which school you want to call home for the next 4 years. It is a decision that is far from easy, and my college decision was no exception. So here is how I made my choice, and some suggestions to hopefully help make your decision making process a little less stressful: 

When I first started the process of choosing where I might want to go, the one thing that I knew for sure was that I wanted to go away for college. The experience of living on my own and really developing my independence was something that I knew I always wanted. It is the first choice that I suggest you make when you begin the process of making your college decision. 

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04 Oct

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The Stages of Deciding Where to Go to College (as told by GIFs)

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By Mack the Knight

So you’re getting ready to make your college decision, and the pressure is high. How do you make such a momentous decision? By consulting GIFs of course!

Here are the stages of deciding where to go to college, as told by GIFs:

Getting excited by acceptance packets, but then instantly feeling overwhelmed by all the decisions that have to be made:

 

Procrastinating on making said decision:

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09 Aug

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Coming for a tour? Make a weekend of it!

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By Mack the Knight

Plan on visiting the Mount soon for an admissions event? Make a day or weekend of it in the beautiful Hudson Valley!

Newburgh Waterfront

Fantastic places to eat like Billy Joe’s Ribworks and Blu Pointe, a gorgeous walk along the water, and even the option for a cruise on the Hudson River, the Newburgh waterfront has it all.

Walkway Over the Hudson

The Walkway Over the Hudson is a former bridge turned walking pathway suspended above the glistening Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, NY, about a half hour from the Mount’s campus. The views alone are worth the trip, and the Walkway society will often hold events over the summer like Movies Under the Walkway, fireworks, and more. Continue Reading

14 Mar

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Mind the Gap

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For better or for worse, the question we ask of our high school seniors tends to be “Where are you going to college?” and not “When are you going to college?”. In many parts of the country, it’s assumed that graduating seniors will be entering a college of some sort (whether it be a community college, a state school, or a private institution) just a few short months later. As we rapidly approach enrollment deadline season, it’s time to start asking if now is the best time for your child to be packing their bags.

I fully understand that it’s my job to guide students from high school to college. Trust me when I say that I’m not encouraging hesitant college-hopefuls to give up the search and resolve to a life without higher education. The Grateful Dead are long gone, so any hope of following them on tour around the country through one’s 20’s is unfortunately useless. What I’m suggesting is a short break between high school graduation and college enrollment. A semester or two can make a real difference for some.

Now, before you go and refund your child’s enrollment deposit, it’s essential to sit down with them and discuss their options. For those who might be experiencing sudden cold feet, a gap year might not make much difference. The same goes for students who are having second thoughts about their major, school choice, or roommate. These are largely reconcilable concerns that a little can-do attitude (and a chat with their Admissions Counselor).

Obviously, there are a number of drawbacks to waiting a year to enroll at a college. You know by now how much I love lists, so let’s cut to the chase:

Institution practices are shaped to fit a traditional model: College admission departments design their activities and programs around the assumption that most students do not take a gap year. College fairs, high school visits, Open House, Accepted Student Day, and Orientation are all scheduled to align with the needs of high school students and their parents. The application process also typically requires a number of documents that rely on a student’s relationship with their high school. If your child is planning on taking a gap year, consider contacting their guidance counselor for a copy of their official transcript and a letter of recommendation. Acquiring those documents after graduation isn’t impossible by any means, but it’s far easier to get it done early and have the files on hand.

Going to school ISN’T like riding a bike: Momentum is everything in learning. We’ve all heard of the dreaded “summer slide” that robs students of their mental acuity after a season without studying. There are studies which suggest that the “slide” isn’t as damning as once thought, but the truly troublesome bit comes from breaking a habit of education. Retraining oneself to wake up on time, get to class, take meaningful notes, study, and complete assignments can be a real drag. Be mindful of letting a gap year turn into gap years.

The work/school balance: Unless your student is financially sound enough to take a year off without any form of income, exiting high school might necessitate employment on their end. Depending on the nature of the work, it might become problematic or detrimental to walk away from their occupation to pursue education at a later date. Falling into the rhythm of regular employment leads us back into my last point: momentum towards a college degree gets lost all too easily.

There are plenty of upsides to taking a short break before starting a college degree program. At the end of the day, it’s our duty to ensure that our children and students are making progress and growing into productive, happy adults. Whether it takes a year of soul-searching abroad, a semester working a part-time job, or a few weeks on a road trip with friends, it’s essential that there be some kind of personal progress being made. When they’re finally ready, you know who to send their college application to.

How do you feel about gap years? Are they a waste of time or a chance to grow? Let me know what you think on Facebook and Instagram!

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05 Mar

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The Best Laid Plans

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By Dan Fenyo

Bill Evans, famed jazz pianist of the Miles Davis sextet, wrote an outstanding article that was featured within the liner notes of Davis’ iconic album Kind of Blue entitled “Improvisation in Jazz.” The article itself is a terribly insightful read, but you’re currently busy reading MY article, so I don’t want to let Evans steal all my spotlight for now. For now, I want to draw your attention to the opening of Evans’ commentary:

“There is a Japanese visual art in which the artist is forced to be spontaneous. He must paint on a thin stretched parchment with a special brush and black water paint in such a way that an unnatural or interrupted stroke with destroy the line or break through the parchment. Erasures or changes are impossible. These artists must practice a particular discipline, that of allowing the idea to express itself in communication with their hands in such a direct way the deliberation cannot interfere.”

You may be asking yourself how jazz improvisation, Japanese art, and college admissions are related about now. Well, today I want to talk about planning for college and, more specifically, what to do when those plans go wrong. Navigating the choppy waters of college admission isn’t easy and frankly, if everybody could do it as well as Bill Evans and Miles Davis could improvise jazz music, I might be out of a job! It’s natural for you and your child’s plans to go awry. Sour notes and torn parchment are all a part of the process but, as we approach nearer and nearer to the enrollment deadlines of many colleges, it’s time to start thinking about what to do when things aren’t going according to plan.

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