Selecting a College vs. Being Selected by a College

Worries about “not being accepted” to a college are common, since most parents and students believe they’re at the mercy of an admissions officer’s decision. Often, students think, “How do I make my experience, like GPA, test scores and extracurricular activities, match the “right” selection criteria of (insert name of college)?”

Few students turn the question around and consider: “At which college, will my character, talents and intellectual curiosity be best nurtured, so I eventually build financial stability?” 

With a reorientation in thinking about college admissions from chasing an acceptance letter to reflecting on questions like: “Why do I want to attend college?”, “What are my talents and academic interests?”, “In what conditions and with what kinds of teachers do I learn best?” then families can be more objective in investigating possible colleges, as well as preparing for the application process. 

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About Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy

Jill Yoshikawa, EdM, Harvard ’99, a seasoned, 25 year educator and consultant, is meticulous in helping clients navigate all aspects of the educational experience, no matter the level of complexity. She combines educational theory with experience to advise families, schools and educators. A UCSD and Harvard graduate, as well as a former high school teacher, Jill works tirelessly to help her clients succeed.
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