Thinking through the Unknown…About Colleges and You! December 22nd, 2009 | No Comments

Just the other day I was reading a book that suggested mapping the unknown.  Sounds almost impossible, right?  I started by thinking about what I don’t know about a project I needed to start (working for The Climate Project as a graphic recorder for a World Cafe) … and the map began to take shape.  In a few minutes I had created…

Jill's drawing

Now, I had a sense of my questions:

  • What are the key elements of the process?  The questions/the framework, the people, the budget?
  • What is the scope of the project and what is the sequence of events?
  • Where do I start, what are the first steps?
  • How do I feel about this new and exciting project?

Now that I know some of the questions, I can search for the answers!
What’s your project that is “unknown” to you?

If you’re a senior

  • Which colleges are the best fit for you?  Where will you apply?
  • Which of the questions will you address for your Common Application essay?
  • What are your worries?

If you’re a junior

  • What do you need to learn about the college search process?
  • What are your questions and concerns?
  • Who can support you during your search?

Taking the time to think through and map your ideas will help you explore the possibilities and may indicate the path for planning your way out of what is unknown to you!

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