A Reading List for High School Students About College

The NYTimes sent this to me, a short list of things worth reviewing with students working towards college.  I will be judicious where I use it; however, it is a nice list to see pulled together.  Check out the full article for additional links and information.

Amherst is among the elite colleges that have made progress in admitting low-income students. <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/13/upshot/making-top-colleges-less-aristocratic-and-more-meritocratic.html">Related Article</a>

Amherst is among the elite colleges that have made progress in admitting low-income students.

Most Junes we mark the end of the school year by rounding up commencement-speech advice and suggesting ideas for teaching and learning from it.

This year, however, we thought we’d celebrate high school graduates — and those who parent and teach them — with a broader, and possibly more urgent, list. Below, you’ll find a categorized collection of Times articles and Opinion pieces from the 2014-15 academic year about all aspects of higher education — from getting in, to thinking about why you are there, to considering how to fix what’s broken. We hope you’ll find plenty to discuss.

As the school year began last September, Frank Bruni, a Times Op-Ed columnist, issued a challenge to college freshmen to “construct their world from scratch” and seek out people who think differently:

Now more than ever, college needs to be an expansive adventure, yanking students toward unfamiliar horizons and untested identities rather than indulging and flattering who and where they already are. And students need to insist on that, taking control of all facets of their college experience and making it as eclectic as possible.

We hope some of the pieces below can help.

College Admissions

<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/15/opinion/sunday/frank-bruni-how-to-survive-the-college-admissions-madness.html">Related Op-Ed</a>

Related Op-EdCredit Ben Wiseman

How to Survive the College Admissions Madness

Promiscuous College Come-Ons

Applications by the Dozen, as Anxious Seniors Hedge College Bets

Colleges Make It Easier for Students to Show, Not Tell, in Their Applications

For Accomplished Students, Reaching a Good College Isn’t as Hard as It Seems

Our Push for ‘Passion,’ and Why It Harms Kids

Why Colleges With a Distinct Focus Have a Hidden Advantage

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