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Sally_Rubenstone Senior Member

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  • Re: When Do Colleges Rescind Acceptances?

    @veda101 -While I can't predict your fate for sure, at a huge school like Texas A&M, it's not likely that your dip in final test results will result in a rescinded acceptance. And colleges in general don't like to lose committed applicants, especially those--like you--whose ACT results help to bring up the school's median and whose nationality and/or ethnicity will bolster the diversity stats. So I think you should be okay even with the downturn.

    Are you also a full-pay student or did you receive a scholarship?
  • ACT Adds July Test Date

    Starting in 2018, students will be able to take the ACT in July. See http://admitted.nacacnet.org/wordpress/index.php/2017/02/22/act-adds-summer-test-date/

    I'm a fan of this change but only reluctantly. On one hand, it makes sense to allow students to choose a test date during a month that is commonly less hectic than the school year is. But, on the other hand, I'm a big advocate of the vanishing let-kids-be-kids philosophy, which means that summer is for beach, camp, friends, chilling out and a stress-free, low-key job and not for adding extra weeks to the college-admissions arms race.

    The College Board is offering summer testing too, with an August SAT date rolling out this year. So it was inevitable that the ACT folks would jump on the vacation-test bandwagon as well.

    How do CC members feel about these changes ... are they a welcome opportunity to get testing out of the way during a quiet month or just another way to torpedo the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer?
  • Re: How much is a strong alumni network worth?

    Off the top of my head, I can cite a number of college seniors and recent grads who have gotten terrific support from alums from their colleges ... support that has definitely made a difference in their lives. I do feel that one can get support from fellow alums even when the network isn't notably strong, but when a college promotes an active and caring alum association, pay attention! And geography doesn't matter at all. In this day and age, it's easy to have professional connections around the world. So a journalist in Kansas can recommend an aspiring journalist in Connecticut to a contact in Korea, and so on.

    I went to Smith and have been incredibly impressed by the many times I've seen alums help out fellow Smithies of all ages and in varying situations. One of my favorite stories goes back a couple decades. My mother-in-law, who had lived most of her adult life in a housing project in Massachusetts, stumbled on a fabulous opportunity to go to Washington D.C. for a couple months to take a paid job supporting her favorite presidential candidate. But she feared that her limited finances and lack of connections in Washington might be a deal-breaker when it came time to find a place to live. So I picked up the phone and made a cold call to the President of the Washington D.C. Smith club ... a woman I didn't know who had graduated from Smith at least 20 years before I had. I explained the situation, saying that my mother-in-law and I didn't know the Washington area at all but were wondering if there might be a safe YWCA or any other short-term housing that would be suitable but affordable. Without missing a beat, this woman said, "My husband and I have a home in Georgetown, and we're not going to be there for two months ..." She invited my mother-in-law to move in (and she did!).

    I was already a fan of the Smith alumnae network ("The Ageless Women's Network") but this episode certainly confirmed how grateful I was for a college with such strong alum ties.
  • Re: "Hidden" Extracurriculars--What are Yours?

    Call of Duty?

    LOL. I better not show this to my 13-year-old son. He just got the ol' "When school starts, your weekday XBox hours are history" speech from me this morning.
  • Re: Are Low AP Scores an Elite-College Deal-Breaker?

    @meaa7130 - As I mentioned earlier, it's irresponsible of me to try to advise students based on the little information I have here. But, with that disclaimer in place, my advice to you is not to worry about the 4. Admission officials will be far more concerned with your course selection and grades. Have you taken the physics Subject Test? If not, that would be worth adding to your to-do list ... and chem as well. And the 5 on the calc will definitely be a plus.