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How to Get Your Kid into College
Belen Aranda-Alvarado writes on The New York Times Motherlode about an article originally in The Daily Beast. The top colleges appear to be rough this year on “unhooked white girls,” or as the writer Steve Cohen explained:
“smart girls with really good grades and solid SAT scores, but who lack some special “hook” or positioning — for example, being a star athlete, concert pianist or first generation to go to college. They experienced a particularly tough time getting into most of the nation’s most competitive colleges.”
The answer? Get your daughter “an anchor” – an activity or pastime that she will practice “deeply and consistently over a long period.”
Aranda-Alvarado says it’s the “anchors” help define girls and their identities, teach them valuable lessons that apply to their lives. These anchors also help students stand out in the crowd – something very useful when applying to colleges.
The main point here for parents – don’t waste your children’s time. Your kids will waste their time -- they’re kids. They’ll want to play video games all night and sleep all day. As their parent, your job is to steer them to things they will work at over time and develop.
What are your kids’ anchors? Remember, your kids free time will end up on a college application one day – no pressure.
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