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5 Adjectives To Describe Your Child?

AnudduhMomAnudduhMom Posts: 783Registered User Junior Member
edited March 2012 in Parents Forum
Did any other parents get a form like this from the HS Guidance Counselor? Sort of a "Brag Sheet" thing?

5 Adjectives, you must be kidding.

"Fantastic, Amazing, Super-terrific, Incredible, Unique...."

Is "Hard-working" the kiss of death, like on an adult's resume?
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Replies to: 5 Adjectives To Describe Your Child?

  • missypiemissypie Posts: 16,629Registered User Senior Member
    One school actually asked for a parent recommendation letter. I hate to write that kind of forced praise, but I did it. That ended up being the school he's attending, but I can't imagine that it factors much in the admissions process.
  • HuntHunt Posts: 20,881Registered User Senior Member
    Good: Innovative, passionate, insightful, compassionate, curious, creative.

    Bad: Solid, hard-working, laid-back, obedient, cautious
  • sep200sep200 Posts: 72- Junior Member
    Our guidance dept. asks that question also. It's purpose was to help the GC write a more personal recommendation. We used it to highlight things that might not have made it onto the transcript or teacher recs. With each word, we put a brief, specific example of the trait, including quotes from employer, volunteer coordinator, etc. It helps to chose words that are not "generic" and consider what your student is likely to contribute to a college campus.
  • mathmommathmom Posts: 22,354Registered User Senior Member
    self-directed is a good word.
  • MomofWildChildMomofWildChild Posts: 16,322Registered User Senior Member
    It's like the job interviews my son is going through now where they want the student to tell what his/her weaknesses are. My co-worker and I helped my son with some good responses. (lawyers can b-s well)
  • ModadunnModadunn Posts: 6,143Registered User Senior Member
    Persistant (the ability to persevere), consistence in character (having integrity)
  • ellemenopeellemenope Posts: 11,380Registered User Senior Member
    We had a thread on this very topic not that long ago. I think that we decided that adjectives alone aren't that useful--but an adjective and a little explanation after it would be more of a help to the GC.

    Best adjective that I remember that we came up with--XavierCugatish.

    I don't have time to look for the link now. Maybe someone could help. I thought that we came up with some great adjectives.
  • KelownaKelowna Posts: 2,666Registered User Senior Member
    There was a thread a while ago (or maybe it was a part of one of those long - parents of the class....- threads) on this subject with some really excellent ideas. Does anyone remember where it was?

    Oops, did not read the post above, obviously...
  • BobbyCTBobbyCT Posts: 1,123Registered User Senior Member
    ^ I started that post but I have no idea how to link it. It had some great recommendtaions on words to use and not use. If someone with more computer skills than me can search posts under my name from last month, you will find it. It was very helpful.
  • 07DAD07DAD Posts: 5,155Registered User Senior Member
    Inquisitive, self-motivated, organized/responsible, optimistic, enthusiastic
  • woodywoody Posts: 3,701Registered User Senior Member
    When my S filled out his, he actually wrote down "good-looking". Thank god his GC knew it was his silly attempt at humor.
  • AnudduhMomAnudduhMom Posts: 783Registered User Junior Member
    Darn, I saw all this too late! Meeting with GC was this morning. But maybe it will help someone else.

    Thanks, you guys!
  • wis75wis75 Posts: 8,213Registered User Senior Member
    My son needs to be an absent minded professor. He has that written all over him. However I don't think he should put that in his "statement of purpose" when he applys to grad schools this fall. Know you're talking HS to college, but I couldn't resist responding.
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