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.
What sort of things can go wrong in college admissions, you might ask. Well, there are a few common ones: Continue Reading
You’re with your family sitting on the couch on a Friday night, relaxing, laughing, and enjoying not thinking about the list of responsibilities that come with being in your senior year of high school.
Then seconds later, your parents ask you the most stressful, nerve-wracking, and suspenseful question: “So Deanna…Where do you plan on going to college?” And for every senior, hearing and thinking about this question creates such indecisiveness in knowing where to be for the next four years.
Right: Deanna Giardina, a freshman at the Mount
However, having been through the college application process myself, it is not as hard as it seems. The best and first step is to start the application process early. Be organized, know your deadlines, and make sure you’re submitting the correct application to each school (since sometimes different schools require different applications). Pushing yourself to start taking action early will go a very long way in the future. Plus, colleges also love to see you apply early because it allows them to get a head start on the application process as well. Continue Reading
David Gallagher, associate professor of Education, and three current Mount students recently presented on an alumni panel at Newburgh Free Academy in Newburgh, NY.
Recently, three current Mount students held an alumni panel on the college application process at Newburgh Free Academy (NFA) in Newburgh, NY. Elycia Martinez ’19, Sarah Williams ’20, and Francisco Mojica ’20, along with education professor David Gallagher, talked to the students about their personal journeys to college and encouraged the scholars to make the most of their high school experiences. The three students, who are all alumni of NFA as well as current students at the Mount, were able to relate some of their own high school experiences while applying for college as well as provide tips and tricks on the application process and how their attitude towards their studies impacted their college prospects.
You can check out the whole article here.
Thank you to these students for representing the Mount and inspiring the next generation of college students!