Jeffrey Selingo, editor at large for The Chronicle of Higher Education and author of College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students, posts an article with some strong advice for college students — choose a major with rigor. To many college students opt for a major that requires very little high-level reading and writing. Many students use professor rating sites to choose the class with the least amount of out-of-class work and in the end, pay for this decision in the job market. Mr. Selingo’s advice, challenge yourself in college with difficult courses. “Look for classes that require you to read more than forty pages a week or write more than twenty pages over the course of an entire semester. Such deep experiences writing and reading improve your reading comprehension and communications skills, both important markers for employers.”
The Common Application will open on August 1 for the new cycle of 2014 college applications. Many students are trying to get a head start on the application essays prior that date. It is a great idea to at least start the brainstorming portion of the essay writing process; however, students should not feel as though they need to have everything completed before the start of the senior year. But where to start? What is the college looking for? Ted Spencer, Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director at The University of Michigan, Undergraduate Admissions, says that “the most important thing is to hear the student’s voice. We’re looking for a story.” In interview after interview with college admissions directors, the idea is the same. They want to know who you are, what will you bring to their community. They are not interested in a typical English class essay; they want a story — your story.