Today in The Washington Post, Jeffrey Selingo, a superb expert on all things higher-education-related, published an article (“As college admissions season begins, important advice for high-school seniors”) with four pieces of advice to high school students preparing to apply to college. In brief, they are:
I agree with these four points to an extent, but I would add two pieces of advice before these four.
For many years, as a dean at three Ivy League colleges and now as an AVP at a university with an extraordinary mission, I have had a front row seat to the obstacles to success that college students and their parents confront every year. Even at so-called elite, highly selective colleges such as Princeton, Harvard, and Columbia, where I spent some of my career, students struggle on a daily basis to remain healthy, happy, grounded, and to stay in school. I am dedicated to helping them.