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Introducing Myself

dracarysdracarys Posts: 61Registered User Junior Member
edited April 2013 in Parents Forum
Hello everyone. New here. I signed up today because we are on the brink of starting this whole college process. My daughter is currently a high school junior, and the colleges she wants to go apply to have due dates in November. It seems like it's far away, but I know it will be here before I know it. We are located in So Cal, and she would like to attend one of the UC schools down here. My preperations so far have been minimal. I've bookedmarked future application site she will need, and looked for private scholarship opportunities. I'm a college graduate, so I have talked to her about the process a bit and given her a heads up on what to possibly expect. She is communicating with me about opportunities her high school is presenting to her. My goal for registering on this site is to talk to other parents going through this for their children and to compare as many notes as possible.
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Replies to: Introducing Myself

  • CT1417CT1417 Posts: 2,573Registered User Senior Member
  • percussiondadpercussiondad Posts: 503Registered User Member
    Welcome onboard. This is great place to get all kinds of helpful information. I am from Canada and my D attended a US college (graduating next month) I got a lot of information from this site and hopefully I gave some as well. Good luck to you and your D in the search for the right school
  • momsquadmomsquad Posts: 827Registered User Member
    Welcome! You might also check out the individual UC sites on College Confidential for information and feedback about specific campuses. Many UC campuses review holistically, meaning all things equal the kid with the most compelling essay/life story will get the advantage. The Santa Barbara Independent newspaper had a surprisingly informative article on the mechanics of application evaluations for UCSB. Similar criteria are probably used for all the campuses. Your child should be sure to emphasize the following in their essay to maximize the number of acceptances:
    Among the five distinct areas are challenges, special circumstances, hardships, and persistence; leadership, initiative, service, and motivation; diversity of cultural and social experience; intellectual and creative engagement and vitality; and honors, awards, special projects, and talents.

    UCSB Offers Admission for Fall 2013 ?? Its Most Selective Year Ever The Santa Barbara Independent
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