Thought for the Season

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Thought for the season

Every year around this time, I am reminded of the importance of students keeping the details of their college application process private. No good can come from sharing your standardized test scores; one or the other is going to be left feeling down. It’s just a no-win situation. So rather than being caught off guard if the question is posed to you, perhaps it’s worth taking a moment to think about what you would say if someone asks you about your test scores? Or your college list? Or your Early Decision choice? Maybe a simple, “No comment,” will do.

As the mother of two young children, I can remember trying very thoughtfully to decide on their names. When I would share a name under consideration, most people would openly share their opinion on our selections, positive or negative. Ultimately, I learned that keeping the potential names private throughout the process was the better solution. What felt right for us personally was the only thing that really mattered. College choice is no different. It is a decision that should have less to do with other people’s opinions than what is right for you. It’s a personal decision and meant to stay that way: personal.