I will keep this short and focus on the content here, folks, because it's amazing. A few years back I wrote an angry letter to Yale Dean of Admissions Jeff Brenzel for not being forward-looking enough with the admissions office. I will soon have to draft him a letter of congratulations for his support of [...]
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Congratulations to those of you who were admitted; I hope that you will matriculate and join me here in New Haven. To those of you who were waitlisted: take a breath, consider your other options. Along with those who were rejected this afternoon, it is important to remember that the dirty secret of college admissions is that almost universally, everyone is happy wherever they end up.
December 15, 2008
Posted by Sam Jackson
It's that dreadful / wonderful time of year again - finals season, but more importantly, the time when early admissions decisions come out. Last year I borrowed a post from a friend to explain why, whatever happens, there is life after early admissions (and regular admissions, I might add). This year, I'll take a moment [...]
December 7, 2008
Posted by Sam Jackson
Or, "It's not lying when admissions office does it" -- Just wanted to quickly highlight something which is not gross lying, but just mild misrepresentation. The Yale Admitted Students website has fantastic images of student rooms which are really really scrumptious and gorgeous and make you feel like everyone at Yale lives in wonderful palaces [...]
The biggest thing to happen to the college search scene in years just went public, and it's called Unigo. It is a tremendous new company which I think will really make big waves: it's essentially an online, user-generated college guide book, though that description sells it short. This weekend's New York Times Magazine does a good job telling readers all about Unigo, but I'd like to take a moment to share my story about this very exciting enterprise as well. Unigo is a must-visit site for:
1. anyone applying to college (how I wish I had such a resource!),
2. anyone at college (to tell the true story of your institution), and
3. anyone working at the college (to get an easily accessible angle on what students are thinking and saying).