After a summer hiatus, we’re back! Happy end of August!
Going forward, I’ll be sharing more thoughts and perspectives from teens and early twenty-somethings themselves. Besides being in the thick of it and thus having the firsthand experience of what it’s like today that we don’t, I was reminded this summer of how much insight and brilliance they have, and, especially when supported and encouraged, how they can be their own best teachers and sources of wisdom.
So let’s get going. I’m excited to share today’s post by the teen in my life, Lexie. After going through the college application experience herself last year, she’s got some thoughts for those heading in.
College App Advice (It’s Not All Bad)
This is an opportunity. I’m not talking about creating a future for yourself through education, although that is exactly what you’re doing. It’s an opportunity to live in the moment, take care of yourself, and dig into who you are as a person now and who you want to be in the future.
College applications, as you’ll find out, are not all about your scores. Nowadays, everyone has ridiculous scores and grades. It’s not enough to set you apart anymore. This isn’t meant to discourage you, not in the slightest. In fact, this is meant to push you further. Take this as a chance to really figure out what drives you and what sets you apart. You don’t need to know what you will do for the rest of your life, but understanding yourself better as a person will come in handy no matter what you decide to do.
As much as it feels like torture, colleges are already helping you. How so? They are giving you an opportunity to brag about what you’re good at, express your passions, share your wisdom and experiences, and learn even more about yourself. The best applications come from the people who really dive in and get vulnerable. It’s uncomfortable but it’s real, and that’s what colleges pick up on. Take care of yourself throughout, pace yourself, and good luck!