Wow! What a great movie! So satisfying on so many levels… story (true!), acting, life lessons…

Here are my “takeaways” from the story/movie… as they occurred to me after a wee bit of reflection.

★ Passion can help you through the tough times
★ Nurture your talent(s)
★ Persevere in the face of adversity
★ Friends/family are often a support – though sometimes their own “stuff” can get in the way of truly being helpful
★ Life is full of surprises/unanticipated events – be ready to seize them!

If you haven’t seen it, go! Even if you have seen it, check out the site, http://www.soloistmovie.com/

My next post… about clicking the link Get Involved from the site.


I was just clicking around on Clark University’s site, checking out my alumni information-in need of an update-checking out a pretty funny youtube video made by a Clarkie, “Discovering the Clarkie” http://clarkvoices.clarku.edu/ and listening to a few podcasts… It became clear to me (again!) that Clark has really crafted their message… who they are and what matters to them. You can hear their messages loud and clear at http://www.clarku.edu/admitted/virtualopenhouse.cfm?playvid=6

Yea, I know that financial woes are THE hot topic… and yet, you need to think about all the variables in the equation:
Being happy @ college = Finding the right place
The “right place” = challenging academically, comfortable socially (whatever that means to you), near enough/far enough from home, affordable

You have to pick a place that is a fit for you…. think of your favorite blue jeans-you feel great, you look great, and you are confident in them… you’re ready to do your best.

Wherever you look – from the college down the road to one across the country – the search is all about -> who you are, what you want and need to do your best work, and finding places to have a great time doing it.

So yes, money is something to think seriously about… and don’t fall for the “common wisdom” that state schools are ultimately cheaper that private colleges.

Your highest priority is knowing yourself, learning about the colleges/universities (beyond their marketing hype), and making matches that fall within three categories – your likelies, possibles, and reaches – and those that are financially realistic.

Can you see yourself there?
If you can’t… strike it from your list.
If you want help figuring it out, write me!


My intention finally met up with my schedule, and I spent some time yesterday afternoon checking out, The Choice: Demystifying College Admission and Aid. My initial impressions were:
✔ clean, appealing look
✔ lots of info
✔ well organized
✔ feels like I am reading the NY Times – for good and for bad…

I really enjoyed the seniors’ pieces about their decision-making… I loved “hearing” their perspectives… seeing them think through their decisions. Asking them to write about their experiences, making transparent their thinking/reasoning processes was probably very helpful to them – even if they didn’t know it!

While it appeared that their pieces were stream of consciousness writing, there’s no doubt they thought about what they were saying: making what’s hidden/unexamined about our thought processes is so valuable… it’s the metacognitive process… thinking about our thinking. How often are you being reflective while you’re in this college search process? I have an idea that night help… I’ll post it next week – I have to commit it to paper first!

The students’ posts reminded me of a coaching session I just completed with a junior. I asked him to become reflective… about why he wanted to go to all the schools he had on his list: to uncover his thinking processes, to make clear to himself and to me, why he had chosen those schools… his answers were revealing to him and to me!

Later this week I’ll explore Morgenson’s advice on student loans and Ranzetta’s rating system for student loans at www.studentlendinganalytics.com/SLA/ratings.html. And, I want to dig into the report from the National Association for College Admission Counseling on the use of technology – Google, Facebook, Twitter… sounds like information you need to know about how colleges are marketing themselves and what they are looking to discover about applicants online.

Catch you later in the week!

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