Yesterday I was struggling to prepare for the Application Nation - Class of 2023 Zoom call, scheduled for 8:00 pm ET that night. The title of the call was something I came up with a year prior: "Last Minute Surprises." Now facing the reality of the topic and delicate nature of the college admissions landscape, I started to worry.
I had a few ideas to discuss, like the very elusive "mid-year report," colleges following up or asking students for verification, or last-minute interview requests. But I was feeling the weight of the world going into that call.
Many students are second-guessing everything they have done up until this point and their parents can't sleep because they are worried about their kids' upcoming admissions decisions. I was concerned that anything I brought up would cause even more stress.
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My "surprise theory" gives me hope. It should give every student and parent hope too. If a student gave each application their all and applied to a well-balanced college list, there will be a nice surprise waiting for them in no time.