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Woodland Mist Academy

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  1. ACK! We've started tossing and deleting with abandon. I guess we need to at least give letters and emails from target schools a quick glance to make sure it's not just yet another form letter or email. Good to know!
  2. It means the college recruiting departments are running out of ideas... ?
  3. We actually thought this one was funny. The day it came we had received a stack of college mail (like every other day) and this one seemed to sum up the blur that all the advertisements have become. It was actually a welcome change for us. Like it or hate it -- it definitely gets attention.
  4. It's also good to keep in mind that some of the best jobs for the future may not even exist yet.
  5. Researching and exploring can be worthwhile, but I do wonder if putting too much emphasis on it could be counterproductive. Like others have mentioned, there is so much change during the high school years, so much growth happening. Also, some seniors decide to completely switch career paths during the college application process. (I may or may not have just been witness to that... The whole application process involves so much introspection, it's not really surprising... ) Being active and engaged, both in learning and in life, may be enough to accomplish the goal of giving direction for the future.
  6. I'm a typo making overachiever... ? I found two more tiny typos in the zillion page course description document, corrected those, then hit submit. It is finished! Funny... already I'm thinking, that really wasn't that bad... ?
  7. I just found three -- count 'em THREE --- errors on the transcript! One was an area that looked unfinished without a line, another was a line that kept bolding only when made into a PDF with the program I was using (I switched programs, and it is now fine) and the third was a typo that was missed by multiple people, multiple times. *bangs head* (I miss that emoji.) I have already sent the transcript to one school, but thankfully hadn't submitted that portion of the common app yet. I found the errors when I was getting ready to submit it. I am *so done* reading over all this. Taking a break, then going over it once more. Honestly... bolded, not bolded, not even there....I'm sure lines on the transcript aren't going to make or break the application. Still, all these years of work... It feels like the transcript represents that. Such rubbish! What nonsense! Those years were so much more than what's on the transcript. Why is this process so filled with emotion?
  8. Google Docs is the approach that worked best with my daughter as well. (In addition to a couple classes and time to mature a bit.) OP, I hope you find an approach that works for your son! Just be sure the tutor or instructor is actually giving specific, tough feedback. (Even if it's painful at times.) In some classes I have had to go over my dd's writing with her after instructor feedback because precious little meaningful feedback had been given. Frustrating and disappointing.
  9. Response to Question #1: When I was considering sending the certificates from vendors, combining them into one pdf to use in 1 transcript slot was my plan. I couldn't come up with any better ideas. (Edited to add: I decided not to send them.) Response to Question #2: I don't think many (any?) schools will require official transcripts or certificates from online providers. Community College, yes. I would imagine those need to be requested ASAP.
  10. Yes! Isn't that crazy?! Besides finding awkward wording we had previously overlooked, I am almost certain some things I had corrected multiple times somehow uncorrected themselves yet again...stubborn brutes. The same apparent reverting happened with my daughter. Thankfully we caught it. That happening was enough for us to decide to do yet another round of proofreading. I'm not sure if we didn't hit save, but thought we had or if it's a glitch or we're just getting to the point that we're not seeing things clearly or what.... My dh was ?...just submit it! Then when I made him look through it first, there he was finding things to change. ?
  11. Me too! I'm a little less nutso now that I realize I actually have to type my name before the document crosses the Rubicon. It would take more than a random accidental click, which was my big fear. Still, I've unchecked them for now. I want to review everything again tomorrow morning before the final submit on the second part. (300 times through just isn't enough, apparently.) Could you imagine a horror movie about a computer virus that randomly submits the Common App while someone is working on it. *shudders* I'd not sleep for days...
  12. Me too! And each time, I unchecked the "certifications" or whatever they were in the profile, so that the review and submit option would disappear. I was so afraid it would submit somehow while I was making corrections....
  13. Well, I didn't exactly *keep calm* (at all...), but I did review and submit and then for realsies submit the counselor recommendation. (I may or may not have made a dozen changes in-between the two clicks.)
  14. I would definitely take into consideration how much extra work applying is, as well as how much extra work is involved once the student gets there. My teen is only applying to honors programs that seem interesting to her. If the program just feels like extra work and extra pressure, even the money isn't worth it. A different, more affordable school might be a better choice. We aren't as interested in honors programs that feel like an afterthought. On the other hand, an honors program that is a more integrated experience has the potential to move a so-so school to the top of the list. One school's honors class options and reading list made me want to join!
  15. I'm finding it difficult to click submit. (Actually, I haven't even brought myself to click the scary review and submit button yet.) I wish it weren't so final. If she adds schools with a different vibe, will I wish I had taken a different approach? Would it matter either way? We've passed our self-imposed deadlines for submitting. Now the actual early action deadlines are looming... *Keep Calm and Click Submit*
  16. I'm wondering about this as well. Are schools actually hand signing transcripts? Has anyone used a digital signature on the transcript and run into problems? I'm curious what others are doing this year and in recent years.
  17. It looks like they have several kinds of care packages. Do you know if they sent exactly what was listed or just a random assortment of gluten free snacks?
  18. Do they have one for parents doing the common app? I may send one to myself... ?
  19. I've read a few places that colleges want to know how students spent summers. Is this true? If so, where should camps, etc be included? Under extracurricular activities? Somewhere else? Nowhere?
  20. We aren't 100% sure about colleges yet, but have submitted the FAFSA. Should it be amended each time she adds a school to her list or just if she decides for certain on a school not on the list?
  21. I guess I'm struggling with knowing the reality of the schools... The more we research and visit, the more confused I become. I hadn't expected that... Is it truly possible to know before actually attending? We are getting so many mixed messages, reading so much conflicting information. It's not starry-eyed devotion to Ivy League schools or anything like that at all. She's taken some elite schools off her list, even though she has the stats, etc. What is a real red-flag and what is just a disgruntled, complaining student? Or multiple disgruntled, complaining students? What is a legitimate problem, isolated at one particular school, and what is something that will be on every college campus?
  22. Thanks for the link, 8. As we near being ready to submit the Common App, my stress is starting to transfer from dd getting in to her making a decision. After speaking with several people, college visits, reading admissions books, stats, etc, I'm realizing just how many things are out of our control with admissions. Many, many qualified students will receive "rejection" letters. There will be bewildering situations of seemingly less qualified students being admitted, etc. So after the dust of acceptances and denials settles and the reality of the level of financial aid packages sinks in, how does one go about making sense of everything? Of seeing through the hype? I've left ultra-selective/elite colleges feeling underwhelmed and disillusioned, and I've been confused and dismayed by general overall trashing (not on here) of lower-ranked schools that had some unexpected strengths. I'm not sure how to make sense of it all. I'm also not sure what I'm asking... Is anyone else struggling with this?
  23. *note to self: silly names and email addresses on even practice accounts are a bad idea...
  24. I did, however, find out that if you clink a link within the practice account, it will take you to the linked website and sign you into the site with whatever name is on the practice account and that ID #. I hope I just didn't somehow ruin my teen's chances at that school... I didn't realize it was going to the school's site and signing me in! I clicked away immediately, but still...
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