How Preparing for Hurricane Sandy is Like Preparing for the College Search October 29th, 2012 | No Comments

A disaster plan for a hurricane is to safety as a path for the college search is to …? 

disaster plan for a hurricane:safety

path for college search:finding the colleges that are the right fit for you

This morning as I was walking the beloved dog, I mused on the need to be better prepared for the impending hurricane. To be sure, I had thought about, talked about, and even gathered some important items—just in case the electricity, heat, or heaven forbid, cell service didn’t work.

It was during my early morning walk that I realized I might not actually be as ready for the big event as I hoped… It then struck me that preparing for a hurricane is a lot like preparing for the college search and selection process… See what you think!

Yesterday, I…

  • knew it was coming and so started thinking about it
  • talked with family and friends about getting prepared
  • gathered items in the house (flashlights, matches) and shopped for more essentials
  • filled my gas tank
  • put away anything outside that could fly around in high winds
  • felt pretty confident that I knew enough of what to do

Today, I was faced with increased winds and rain and I began to realize that I might not have thought this through, so I

  • got online and found a trusted resource
  • read and thought about really basic things I had not done, such as
    • put together a comprehensive emergency supply list (yes, I forgot important family documents, first aid book, sleeping bag, change of clothing, plates, cups, plastic utensils, paper, pens, books, games…)
  • assembled a basic emergency supply kit
  • gathered enough water for each of us (a gallon a day)
  • we got the dog’s info together (in case we needed to go to a shelter)

and, the list goes on…

I am guessing that when thinking about the college search you

  • know it’s coming and so have started thinking about it
  • talk with family and friends about getting prepared to find the colleges that are the best matches
  • feel pretty confident that you know enough of what to do

Then, when it’s time to really get down to the work of discovering the colleges that are the right fit, you begin to realize that you

  • are not really sure of all the steps in the process
  • believed that completing the applications, writing the essays, and stepping onto a campus or two might be sufficient, but now you are having doubts
  • probably shouldn’t be listening to just the guidance counselor, your family members and/or your best friend/girlfriend/boyfriend
  • realize that you need to search for more information, resources, and experts

So, in reality, you need to dig into the process, do the play/work of talking with your parents about finances and college tuition, discover colleges that are matches for your interests, strengths, needs and challenges, visit campuses, do interviews, and make the big decisions in consultation with your parents… This is your opportunity to step into your future—you need to be prepared.


PS: Written just before we lost power and internet

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