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About this blog: We are writing this blog to give practical advice to students and parents, to reflect on issues affecting college admissions, and to provide a platform for a robust community discussion on post-secondary choices. We occasionally f... (More)
About this blog: We are writing this blog to give practical advice to students and parents, to reflect on issues affecting college admissions, and to provide a platform for a robust community discussion on post-secondary choices. We occasionally feature "guest? bloggers and invite other college counselors to join the blog team. We are members of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) and the Western Association for College Admissions Counseling (WACAC).
Lori McCormick: I began my college advising career in 2006 at Notre Dame de Namur in Transfer Admissions. Since then, I have worked at San Jose State in the Career Center, for a local independent college advising firm, and for BUILD a college access program for underrepresented youth. I graduated with a BA in Sociology from UCSB and a MA in Psychology with a concentration in Career Counseling from Antioch University. I am an active volunteer with The Parent?s Club of the Peninsula (PAMP), the Palo Alto Community Child Care (PACCC) and I am a seasonal application reader for the Maisin Scholar Award
. I reside in Palo Alto with my husband and two sons.
John Raftrey: I have been advising students for the last three admission cycles. I regularly attend conferences, tour colleges, and keep up with the changing landscape of college admissions. I'll share what I learn and throw in a few opinions along the way. I moved to Palo Alto in 1991. My three sons are all veterans of PAUSD and graduated from Paly. I graduated from the University of Michigan, earned an MBA at Columbia University and hold a certificate in College Counseling from UC San Diego. In my past life I worked in TV news and high tech marketing. (Hide)
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If you got rejected by Stanford on Friday or the University of Pennsylvania today, this blog's for you. Nothing I can say will make it any easier, but from what I see from my students, they quickly move to the task at hand of getting into a different college. Parents seem to take longer to recover. So maybe today's blog is really more for mom and dad!
Try to separate the feelings you have because you didn't get picked, from the feelings you have for not being able to actually attend the school. There are similar schools which offer similar experiences that will love to have you. You just have to wait until March to find out who they are. And there is always grad school. You may still get walk the grounds of the school that didn't want you today.
Stanford Dean of Admissions, Richard Shaw wrote an article about rejection for the LA times in 2007 that is still relevant today. Rejected by Stanford?You'll Live
Please remember that college is a means to on end. It is not the end. There are many paths to the top. Here is a list of well-known people, their accomplishment and where they attended college. I'll bet Steven Spielberg had gotten over his rejection from USC by the time they made him a trustee!
Lee Bollinger - President, Columbia University, University of Oregon
Sergey Brin Founder of Google, University of Maryland
Warren Buffett Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, University of Nebraska
J Cole - Rap Artist, St. John's University
Jack Dorsey - Co-Founder of Twitter, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Joan Ganz Cooney - Creator of Sesame Street, University of Arizona
Brian M. Krzanich CEO of Intel, San Jose State
Sandy Lerner - Co-Founder of Cisco Systems, Chico State
Jenny Ming - Former President of Old Navy, San Jose State
Trey Parker - Co-creator of South Park, University of Colorado
Steven Spielberg - Director, Producer, Long Beach State
Biz Stone - Co-Founder of Twitter, Northeastern
17 days until the January 1st deadline for most schools. It's time to find that campus where you'll make your mark. Good Luck.