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Are there institutions to which you hope

Rollins College map
February 2018…a local college visit.

 

Are there institutions to which you hope that your son will apply?

 

Yes.

The one he feels is his best fit.

i did suggest he make sure it has an amazing cafeteria.

Four years is a long time to settle for average (or below average) nutrition, when you are launching your adult career.

 

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What key qualities in a college, university, or other

Goucher College
February 2018 visit.

 

What key qualities in a college, university, or other institution might make it a good match for your son?

 

Small student body, 3,500 or less.

Within 30 minutes of an airport.

Liberal arts.

Solid English Department.

Inspired faculty.

Inspired College President.

Great cafeteria.

Great dorms.

Great student center.

Study abroad mandatory.

Famous for innovative excellence.

Near metropolitan area.

 

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How do you feel about your son’s readiness to take responsibility

Logan Pass
July 31, 2018, two weeks before starting Senior year of High School. Our Family plus two of his HS buddies.

 

How do you feel about your son’s readiness to take responsibility for researching college options, applying for admission, and handling college work?

 

About as close to perfect as a parent could hope to feel. He visited Bryant, Brown, Bucknell, Muhlenberg, George Washington, Goucher, Johns Hopkins, Rollins, and UCF.

Next week we visit Goucher for the third time (and fourth tour). This will be Cheryl’s first visit.

We travel often for business but on a Family trip to Baltimore, i asked him to research some local colleges and schedule tours.

Goucher’s cafeteria food, new and innovative freshman dorms, a new student center/cafeteria complex under construction, a deep sense of human diversity, proximity to Northeastern cities, and National awards for campus innovation all made his decision easy.

As i always tell him, “The best time to look for another option is when you don’t need to.”

He instinctively feels Goucher is it.

In a world where unlimited choices can paralyze our decision making, he is certain and unwavering.

Perhaps it was the upperclassman dorm option that requires a signed contract to not do drugs or alcohol – he thinks that is an incredible offering.

Values and commitment.

He’s following his gut.

This is what great leaders do.

 

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In what personal or academic area(s)

chess match
Goucher College Library, 2018.

 

In what personal or academic area(s) of your son’s life do you hope to see development and improvement?

 

Honesty, behave admirably, personal responsibility, self-control, initiative, fun.

 

 

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Of what special skills, strengths, achievements, or potential

florida pool
Last night, October 5, before the High School football game…a screen capture from a security camera.

 

Regarding our Son, of what special skills, strengths, achievements, or potential are we especially proud?

 

Skills: Honesty, behaving admirably, personal responsibility, self-control, initiative, fun.

Strengths: Kindness, creativity, learning, simplicity, perseverance, story creation including complex storylines. A sense of humor. Instinct; similar to an animal’s, he can sense other’s energy as sincere or insincere.

Achievements: Overcoming shyness (including self-confidence challenges) and transitioning from a middle school with 11 students to a high school of 500.

 

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