Most of the time, college counselors are seen as ardent supporters of their students during the college process. Whether it's helping create college lists, going over procedures, checking up on deadlines, or writing recommendations, we are in students' corners as they pursue their post-secondary aspirations. At times, we even go to bat for them regarding admission decisions … Continue reading College Counselors as Advocates: A New Dynamic
Crabby wonders about form and substance...The more I think about college access and success for underserved students, the more I find myself reading and thinking about primary and secondary education as well. Too often, I've found, even students at the top of their classes struggle to write a decent essay for an application--not understanding how … Continue reading What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?
Crabby wants his Scholars to think more... LinkedIn is a Facebook for networking, a site that enables members to establish "contacts" and check out jobs, possible connections, alumni and friends in the world of work. It has a very clear purpose--to oil the wheels of commerce by making it easier for people to exploit the … Continue reading Why I’m Not “Friending” You Back
Crabby hears rain on the parade... Yesterday Crabby met with a group of high school students he's been working with on college options for a while. Several of the seniors shared their acceptances and we cheered them. Crabby turned to the younger students, especially the juniors, and asked how they were doing. Shoulders were shrugged and eyes … Continue reading Having a Voice is an American Dream
I tend to idealize my own college experience, which I suppose everyone does after a certain age or even before. When I talk to my low-income first generation-college students I probably idealize college even more. Even so, I know I went to learn things and not for the parties or simply to make "contacts," which … Continue reading The Underside of College LIfe