When we started working with many of you, we never imagined that we would be helping you navigate the college process with more questions than answers.
Will you be able to take the SAT or ACT? Will colleges be open for visits? How will schools perceive my pass/fail grades? I didn’t get to compete in the state tournament or perform in my school musical or run this year’s fundraiser: how will admissions officers see my strengths and achievements? When will classes resume on campus?
And these are just some of the questions we’re working through right now.
Abby and I each have a child in college, and we share the same concerns about how this year will unfold. But we also know that each of you already possesses qualities that will allow you to manage and thrive during unprecedented times. You are resilient and persistent and have overcome challenges. You are creative problem solvers and have found ways to both collaborate and become leaders. You have strong convictions and the ability to fight for what you believe. We are so impressed with how you have been taking advantage of your time during this pandemic and making your own marks in your communities.
This is a time of transition for all of us: uncertainty is the only constant. More than ever, we are here for you, even when the answers to our questions change daily. And although it might be difficult to embrace the fact that we can only control what we can control, it is important to adopt this mindset with our current climate. This NPR article highlights how everyone is grappling with these changes including admissions officers who will have to change the way they read applications. Character is increasingly important.
We are grateful to work with all of you and be in this together. We hope you enjoy what’s left of the summer and do the things that make you happy and relaxed.