October 23, 2015

What is the importance of November 1st?

Many seniors across the country (including myself) struggle to fully prepare themselves for the importance of this date. We find ourselves drafting, redrafting, and drafting again to complete the perfect essay (trust me, I’m on draft #4). We talk with our counselors, teachers, parents and friends about how to successfully put our best foot forward. We standardize test until our brains want to fall asleep. We brainstorm anything and everything that we have been a part of during and prior to high school to show what type of a person we are. And finally, we feed our curiosity with endless google images searches. You’re probably thinking (if you don’t already know) what does all of this lead up to? What really is the importance of November 1st?

That’s right, you guessed it: Early College Application Deadlines!

November 1st is the deadline for the submission of Early Action and Early Decision applications. For most, this means submitting to their top choice schools to show how much interest they truly have. For almost all, this date is a reminder (or a slap in the face) that college is right around the corner! This time next year, the class of 2016 will be having midterms all across the country (and even across the world!) in hundreds of different colleges.

If you are a senior reading this: please don’t fret. I’m not writing this to stress you out. I’m writing this to get us all thinking about the excitement of new places, new friends, new teachers, new clubs, and all the other new things that come with going to college. Get pumped for a new adventure!

If you are a parent of a senior reading this: everything will work out. You may be worrying (as parents often do… love you, Mom) that your son or daughter isn’t going to meet their deadlines, that they aren’t going to end up where they are “meant to be,” or any other variety of worries that moms and dads have. Your son/daughter will end up somewhere wonderful, and they will be just fine. Thousands, even millions, of seniors before them have completed this process, and your senior will too! They are in good hands.

If you are anyone else reading this: if you know a senior, make sure that you are aware that this is a big time for them. They are on a rollercoaster ride, and there are definitely going to be ups and downs. The ups will be wonderful, and the downs will be dreadful. But they will make it through. Congratulate them if they get in, and remind them that it isn’t the end of the world if they don’t get in. Lastly, tell stories! High schoolers love to hear about your college experience!

Gould Academy Class of 2015

GA Class of 2015

To conclude, thank you to the three lovely college counselors at Gould! GA seniors (past and present) are incredibly successful because of you three! 🙂

See Ya Next Friday,



3 Responses

  1. Avatar Brooke Libby says:

    Aww, thank you, Brookie. (Love, Other Brookie.)

  2. Avatar Nancy says:

    Good advice, Brooke. Best of luck to you and all the seniors in your college pursuits. And you’re right, that college counseling team does a great job!

  3. Avatar Paige says:

    Wherever you end up, you will thrive. Do your best this fall, but take a breath. The fall flies by, then the winter and then the spring. Enjoy it. Before you know it, it will be over and you will find it both a relief and a shock. Do your best to look forward while remembering where your feet hit the ground. Bethel is a special place and I am so excited for you. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose” – Dr. Seuss (if I could take credit for that quote, I would) 🙂

    Class of 2016, have an amazing year and don’t forget to enjoy it.
    So much love from Skidmore! xo Paige

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