My dad used to tease me growing up. He called me the "Church Lady," a reference to the recurring character on Saturday Night Live played by Dana Carvey, whose over-the-top ethical compass often weighed in on current issues in the country.
The irony of my nickname is that I was raised and continue to identify as a Jewish woman. The similarities between me and the Church Lady still exist, though. My ethical standards have always demanded that colleges are held to the highest standards when dealing with our kids.
But I have the same high standards for the students I work with. That is why today's blog is a guide to all the students who are wondering how to navigate some tricky steps in the college admissions process:
1. Early Decision is binding!
RELATED READING: How to Negotiate Your Financial Aid Package
2. It is the student's responsibility to immediately withdraw all active applications upon submitting an enrollment deposit.
3. Double-depositing is unethical.
RELATED READING: When It Comes to Choosing a College There Are No Bad Decisions
4. Lying on your application can get your offer of admission rescinded.
5. This final tip is for the colleges and the admissions deans, in case they forget: A college cannot receive anything in return for accepting a student.
Related Reading: What Parents Can and Can't Do for College Admissions
My dad was thrilled when I went to law school. But I was miserable there. I ultimately left law school and became an admissions officer at a college because I felt like my perspective could be better utilized in college admissions. There are a lot of individuals in my industry making inaccurate claims and leading families down the wrong path. Remember, that is how the admissions scandal started. Make sure you are listening to a trusted voice. It doesn't have to be the Church Lady, but it needs to be someone who has the same high ethical standards as I do.