I feel like I blinked, three months passed, and early applications are due. Anyone else?
So, what’s new in the world of college admissions consulting? Everything is online. Also, everything is online.
In one sense, the new norm is kind of awesome – online webinars even the playing field for students who can’t demonstrate interest through in-person college visits; e-brochures put tons more information in front of students; and test-optional policies give students so much more breathing room to shoot for their moons.
In the other sense, the new norm, as expected, sucks. Every week, I sign up for fifteen new webinars, and every day, I miss parts of those webinars as I try to juggle my desire to know more about the admissions landscape with my need to help students RIGHT NOW.
As emails from universities come in, I frantically try to read, sort, and forward to the students who I think would benefit. And every week, I think – ok, I’ve got to just post the information somewhere and let parents and students take it from there. Then I blink, and my defective time machine flings me unwillingly forward a few more weeks.
Unfortunately, Twitter, which would definitely be my best bet here, is my least followed account, and I just don’t have the willpower (or youth) to build a following right now. Help me out – go follow www.twitter.com/IvyEdgeGlobal! Go tweet me, or twit or twat, or whatever the correct social media verb is that equals both our lives becoming a tiny bit easier.
Anyway, without further ado, let’s get to the webinars. Note that this is just the tip of the iceberg on what’s available. Reach out to universities to ask about brochures, info-sessions and webinars. Reach out to me with questions. I wanted to post more webinars in this article, but I didn’t realize how many are “counselor only” – I try to incorporate the information I learn there into my own webinars.
I’m rambling now and shouldn’t be – I don’t actually have the time. Essay editing is calling my name again and I must answer. (Oh, the irony and luxury of rambling when one of my core job functions is to help students be more concise.) I thought about waiting a few more days so that I could polish this before publishing, but I’m afraid my time machine will spring into action again and you’ll miss the next three weeks of webinars. So from my sleep-addled brain to your eyes, here goes…