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My son is a senior in high school this fall of 2015.
September 1st was the very first day he could begin his application process for college.
He made his selections after the two of us made a number of in person campus visits this past year.
He applied electronically for admissions to three different state universities of various sizes.
Most applications for a college or university these days are electronic.
On August 31, I spent several hours with my son checking and re-checking a large number of electronic pages for his applications. He had them all ready for submission the day before he could actually send them.
At about 6:00 a.m. on the September 1, he launched all three of them. He was going to apply at 12:01 a.m. on September 1, but decided to get up early instead to apply.
The application process is much different from the first time I applied to college.
In those days, you went into a counselor’s office or the school library and reviewed paper brochures for colleges or universities you were interested in. There was no Internet to look up anything on. There also were few opportunities for campus visits. You obtained a paper application, filled it out, mailed it in via postal mail and waited for a response via postal mail of acceptance or rejection from the schools of your choice.
Once I was accepted, the first time I ever saw the campus of my new school, the University of Wisconsin, was during my freshmen registration.
What is not different about applying to college today is the excitement and anxiety of doing something new and starting a new phase of your life.
So what is your edge of applying for a new adventure?
Applying for college is a step many of us take or have taken. When you fill out an application for college it is not only to be admitted to a college or university, but is also an application for a new adventure.
It is a step that allows you to live away from home, to be on your own for the first time. It allows you to make decisions, good or bad, that are totally yours. Decisions that hopefully change you from an immature teenager into a mature adult.
You are not told when to wake up, when to eat, when to stop playing video games, when to study or when to go to bed. You have to decide all of those things on your own.
Even if you are not applying to college, are you ready for a new adventure?
Does it require an application to do?
Or can you simply just decide to do something new that will cause you excitement and anxiety?
I’m in. How about you?
Out There on the Edge of Everything®…
Stephen Lesavich, PhD
Co-author of the award-winning and best-selling book: The Plastic Effect: How Urban Legends Influence the Use and Misuse of Credit Cards.
Regular columnist: Positive Impact Magazine
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