#1. I loved this letter from a parent whose senior just finished the college selection process. It was posted on the NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) forum this morning by Marty O'Connell, the Executive Director of Colleges That Change Lives
and proves that choosing and applying to college can actually be fun for some
Friends on both sides of the desk, Very often I hear from colleagues who don't understand that CTCL is a non-profit organization dedicated to a student-centered search process and trying to help lower the stress associated with it. When this email arrived from a dad, I thought it would be great to share it, in the face of the angst and/or joy of May 1 : "Hello Marty, First of all, my daughter just decided to attend a college that was not in the CTCL group. However, four of the schools she was seriously considering were part of the group and the entire philosophy of the CTCL mission guided our search from the beginning. As you said at the event in Los Angeles last summer she found her own “College that changes lives”. And I will say that after our visits, we loved every CTCL school we saw. So just wanted to say thank you for the help and support your organization provided throughout my daughter’s college selection process. While many of her friends were stressed and ended up depressed because they didn’t get into their “so called” top choices, my daughter thought the entire process was fun, never felt stressed, and at the end had 5 great schools where she was admitted to choose from. Again, even though she ended up at a school not part of your group, the entire philosophy of finding a good “fit”, no matter how it is supposedly ranked or how it is “perceived” by the mainstream population, etc. was our guiding principle and she walked away from the process not only having selected a school where she is incredibly excited to attend but feeling really good about herself and the entire process. What a difference from many of her classmates. I just made a donation on the website as a token of my appreciation and as one small step to help further the goals of CTCL.Keep up the good work! I share your website with every parent I speak to about the college selection process."
#2. For those who are already attending one of the Colleges That Change Lives schools (or who did ... or whose child did), do you think that the CTCL label is well deserved? I can think of several CTCL alums in my own orbit whose lives were indeed altered (in a good way) by their college experience. Of course, we will never know if this would have been true at ANY school. Even so, I welcome anecdotes of CTCL schools earning their moniker.