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#21 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.85
Interesting and good stuff. Fuzzy, I will remember that line. Anyway, I guess she was is pretty well set on WSU (Wichita State). Next come auditions for scholarships and leadership scholarship opportunities. So much easier than when I was an undergrad (that's sarcasm). Tuition in the fall of 1974 was about $750 for a full load for the whole year. God, do I feel old. Although everything (board, etc.) is about $15K which isn't bad.

Oh, and although I loved college at the time. I wouldn't go back for anything. Much harder in certain ways than 35 years ago.

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They only needed a 200-word essay, and I knew they had a Div. I basketball team. I was so burnt out by senior year I just didn't care anymore. Somewhere I still have 3/4 completed applications for Georgetown and Princeton sitting in a box. But instead I went to DePaul. And I wouldn't trade it for anything.



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#23 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.85
    Originally posted by spf
    They only needed a 200-word essay, and I knew they had a Div. I basketball team. I was so burnt out by senior year I just didn't care anymore. Somewhere I still have 3/4 completed applications for Georgetown and Princeton sitting in a box. But instead I went to DePaul. And I wouldn't trade it for anything.


For these scholarships, there are four 1000 word essays, interviews, and a day spent interacting with other incoming students to determine leadership skills, ailit to express themselves, etc.



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#24 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.16
    Originally posted by DrDirt
      Originally posted by spf
      They only needed a 200-word essay, and I knew they had a Div. I basketball team. I was so burnt out by senior year I just didn't care anymore. Somewhere I still have 3/4 completed applications for Georgetown and Princeton sitting in a box. But instead I went to DePaul. And I wouldn't trade it for anything.


    For these scholarships, there are four 1000 word essays, interviews, and a day spent interacting with other incoming students to determine leadership skills, ailit to express themselves, etc.

Ouch.

Advice to her? Sleep. I attribute much of my high school burnout to the fact that with all the extracurriculars and trying to keep a job and do all the homework and still have time for having fun with friends I averaged about 4 hours a night. And it finally wore me down. Whatever happens keep an eye on her and make sure she is getting a good night of sleep. She will be much more likely to succeed and keep all of her bearings if she is getting a good solid night of sleep most nights.



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I took the SAT, as a lot of Major Junior-eligible hockey players in Canada were starting to do in the early 90s. If one didn't get drafted, prep schools and universities became options if you could pull the minimum score (7 or 800, I think).

My Dad had bought me a copy of the US News & World Report colleges issue and I picked from the list of top 20 Liberal Arts Colleges for colleges to send my scores to. I probably shouldn't admit this, but if it tells you how much thought I put into it, Bryn Mawr was one of my four.

Interestingly enough, I did well enough on the SAT to get noticed, wrote a good enough scholarship essay to get brought to a scholarship competition, and impressed enough folks at the competition to get a full ride ("need-based", but tuition, room & board all the same).

I didn't go back for second year. Culturally, I probably could not have selected a more incompatible place for myself. The best explanation I can come up with is, "I could have finished 4 years there, but I don't think I would have liked who I would have become in the process," which may sound like a crock, but it made sense to me.

Several years and a couple more dropouts later, I did end up finishing a degree at a school back home, but that was also after I had come to the conclusion that university is what you make of it, wherever you happen to be, and that it's about continuing your education in life as well as academics. I don't know how you get that through to a 17- or 18-year-old, though.

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If it's possible to visit the schools she's most serious about and see what they're really like and which one she feels best at, I'd recommend it. I know that usually means "official" stuff like campus tours, recruiting visits, or scholarship weekends, but it's better than nothing, I guess. There were some definite warning signs on my scholarship weekend that I chose to ignore; at my own peril, evidently.

I have never worried about where I went to school in a job interview. I guess maybe when you're gunning for grad and post-grad and it's easier to fall even deeper into the various rabbit holes like "if I go to school X I've got an inside track to school Y and then school Z." But I submit that whatever the ultimate goal, if your daughter is absolutely committed to getting there, she'll find her way. There is also a possibility (however small) that she will decide to go in a (slightly or totally) different direction than where she thinks she's heading now. Even better, then, that she be in a place where she is comfortable and feels she is nurtured and can succeed.
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