TKA Blog-The Last First Day of School
Last year I happily escorted my nephew on a college visit, who in my eyes is still 5 years old asking me to “pitch at him” each afternoon. Once I agreed, which was pretty much all the time, he would eagerly grab the whiffle ball, and bat and for hours I would pitch to him, and he would hit those balls as long as they were being thrown. My nephew is now a high school junior and experiencing the influx of emails from colleges, the angst of figuring out which tests to pursue, and narrowing down his list of colleges to his favorites, and ultimately his short list. This process can be overwhelming to say the least; balancing a job, athletics, academics, family and your social life, coupled with this “new game” known as college admissions.
Those 16 years went by way too fast, and these next few months will go by even faster. He has to write, edit, draft, revise and submit his essay, which should be completed this summer. The college visits, out West, to the South, and the ones left in the NorthEast need to be finalized, interviews scheduled, and hotels booked. The importance of visiting the actual college shows interest, commitment, and enthusiasm, and yes some colleges track this information. He needs to register for his SAT’s and/or ACT’s, a review class maybe, and begin his college applications. Should he use the common application, the universal, the coalition, or the colleges individual application? Since sports will be a large part of his college application experience he needs a separate resume, film, and to be cleared by the NCAA. If your head is spinning as a parent remind yourselves what it must be like for this high school junior. Remember when pitching the ball on a sunny afternoon was all that mattered? Remember when the game wasn’t nearly this competitive? Take a moment to think about how far your son or daughter has come, and think about the pressures and anxiety they must be feeling. Remember college research and decision making is a pretty big game that takes more than 9 innings to complete It should not be rushed into especially with the expense involved.
Let this be a gentle reminder that time flies when we are having fun. For high school juniors time is of the essence, with only 8 months until your last first day of school. Let the games begin!