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December, 2010

Congratulations to the Newest Commodores!

Dec. 15, 2010—Congratulations to our new members of the Class of 2015!  I cannot adequately express how excited we are to have you as Commodores.

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2011 Early Decision I Mailing Day – The Letters are Out

Dec. 14, 2010—I am thrilled to report that decision letters left 2305 West End Avenue this afternoon, and are now on their way to Early Decision I applicants. This year’s class of 2015 is once again shaping up to be one of the strongest in Vanderbilt’s history.

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ED I Update

Dec. 12, 2010—Much of the information below will come as a repeat to you if you’ve kept up with the comments.  Many questions keep popping up, though, so I wanted to address those major topics here.  Additionally, I want to add a bit of a personal perspective in these last few days before our ED I applicants...

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Understanding the Mid-50%

Dec. 9, 2010—As a counselor at a highly selective college I frequently field questions about standardized testing.  I noticed in recent months, though, that many students I work with don’t apply testing statistics to their college search process appropriately. Numbers aren’t helpful if you don’t understand their reference.  Here I break down testing statistics: questions to ask...

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Committee 2011

Dec. 6, 2010—I know that once you click “Submit” on the Common App it feels anti-climatic.  This year I’m walking applicants through the process at Vanderbilt in real time.  Hopefully this transparency helps you feel less stressed.  In a previous post I walked you through how I read an actual file.  Here I answer questions about the...

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What Not to Fret About

Dec. 1, 2010—I had a writing block this week.  I think my head is full of all the writing my students put into their applications, which is amazing, but a block of sorts for my own words.  I’ve been stewing for days and as I summarily rejected numerous ideas I put them into a mental category I...

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