Last we checked in with Mod Squad Pete and his never-ending To Do lists related to college, he was still a HS Junior.
Graduation came and went, followed by the last day of school (which marked a few deadlines for him), then summer came.
And since he has now officially become a HS senior, in this case, according to Pete, “Summer = bummer.” At least he smiled when he said that.
The best news, from Pete’s standpoint:
- There has been some time, almost every day, at the sports club and pool.
- His “Magic” card-playing capabilities have increased multi-fold.
- Composing music on newly-learned pro software is totally sick.
The good news, again, from Pete:
- The college summer course he took was more interesting than expected (and he expected it would be), had some fun classmates (DivI basketball players), he did well, and it’s done.
- Playing music for a cousin’s wedding went well, plus he loved the music: Frankie Vallie‘s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” and Natalie’s “This Will Be.” There was dancing both up and down the aisle.
- At least once there has been a father-son SuperSoaker activity.
The ‘summer = bummer’ perspective:
- College visits include interviews now, which require setting up, which require multiple emails.
- Interviews require preparation and handwritten thank you letters.
- His parents buy-in that summer is the best time to get essays drafted. And required him to set up a spreadsheet of colleges, Common App questions, and supplementary app questions.
- Hmm, taking the SAT again only makes sense if you do some prep for it.
- Yep, other people are advising important senior summer activities, not just the parents. See here, here, here, here, and here. [Only time limits the number of links provided to this perennial topic.]
- Designing a CD package for yourself is much more fun than designing one for your eight-member vocal group and Director — most of whom have opinions and some of whom still haven’t provided a bio.
- He’s also cursed with parents who respond to ‘bummer’ with the good news, as in…
- He’s not taking an on-line course. See The trap: Online summer courses. via USA Today College.
- He’s worked hard enough over the past few years to have lots of options. Or as his admissions-consulting Aunt said, “He’s earned the right to enter the [admissions] lottery anywhere he chooses.”
Bummer or not, he’s truly interested in the possibilities ahead and understands the necessity for work today.
Right, Pete? Pete? Oh, yeah, he’s at the pool.
- 5 Things High School Seniors Should Be Doing Now (usnews.com)
- How to Write a College Essay (in 10 Steps) (drstrangecollege.wordpress.com)
- ‘Slow Down and Savor Middle and High School’ (thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com)