Dec 30, 2009

15 Reasons College-Bound Students Should Give Thanks This Year

At year’s end, it’s traditional to give thanks for all the many blessings received during the previous twelve months and to look forward to the coming year with a renewed sense of optimism. The following are fifteen reasons college-bound students should be giving thanks this year:

15. Fewer Advanced Placement (AP) course offerings
14. College tour guides who mastered the art of walking backwards
13. 830 “test optional” colleges and universities
12. College information sessions lasting no more than 30 minutes
11. Rolling admissions
10. The ability to substitute ACT scores for SAT’s
9. Free on-campus visitor parking
8. The demise of SAT antonym questions—this happened in 1994 but you still should be thankful
7. 391 colleges and universities using the Common Application
6. Merit scholarships
5. Applications without essay supplements
4. Online application fee waivers
3. Colleges not requiring SAT Subject Tests
2. Teachers and guidance counselors still willing to write recommendations

And most important of all:

1. Family and friends who support and love you!

Best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year!

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