<p>This is sort of a revival of a thread from the old forum.
DD is turning in her first batch of applications to the GC today - ED, RD and rolling. That only leaves the hard ones, ie, those with extra essays.
Only the waiting is left.</p>
<p>My only worry/could she have done better is the essay. She did get a smiley face from her English teacher who reads all the seniors' essays and is notorious "wicked" hard to please. Essay writing is not taught or emphasized at her school, particularly not the type of introspective, yet concise essay that makes a great college essay - I read one of her first drafts after much coercion (I had vowed not to read them, I was a copy editor in college , and I didn't think I could keep my fingers off), and it needed work. I made lots of suggestions, against my better judgment, but it really read like she wrote it in 10 minutes, and didn't re-read it. She had read Balch's book, I saw her read it, but I don't think any of it "stuck". I will say, when she wrote the short answer about an activity, after she finished the big essay, it was much better, had the same "voice", rhythm, etc. but otherwise was 100% better. Hopefully, she'll get into the groove and the extra essays for the RD schools will be even better. I understand now what I had read before about kids thinking their later applications were better than the ED one!</p>
<p>This is another test prep, being in the know advantage - a school that actually teaches college essay writing, gives their kids a true leg up - on paper, my child would look like she would produce a good essay easily, but this is a different thing than an AP or SAT test, definitely.</p>