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College Admission for the class of 2018

Decisions are out for the Class of 2018. The Admission season for the Class of 2018 was as brutal as usual, applications were up and admission statistics down. I try to make it clear at the beginning to my students and families that if a college accepts less than 50% of its applicants, it is [...]

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College Admission for the class of 2018

Tam Warner Minton, MS, MBTI CP

Tam Warner Minton, MS, MBTI CP

Decisions are out for the Class of 2018. The Admission season for the Class of 2018 was as brutal as usual, applications were up and admission statistics down. I try to make it clear at the beginning to my students and families that if a college accepts less than 50% of its applicants, it is a reach. Colleges with admission rates below 20%? We are talking a dream school. Even if you are qualified, remember that all students competing for a spot at one of these “dream” universities are just as qualified.  Are you valedictorian? Well, so are most of the other applicants. Oh, you had a perfect score? So did most of the others. Have you published or won a prestigious academic prize? Many of them have. Colleges have the advantage, and their criteria changes every year because they are building a class, not looking at each applicant as an individual. Here is the truth:  the lower the acceptance rate, the less likely you are to get in, and the less likely it is that you will receive any scholarships.  The lower the admission percentage, the harder it is to even reach your admission counselor at the school! There are some students and families who will not believe these facts, or they think they will be the exception. When a student doesn’t get into a dream school they feel rejected, and hurt. I feel sad for them, but sometimes you are better off not getting what you wanted. If you applied wisely, and did your homework well, you will have several excellent choices. Don’t apply to more than one dream school, and only apply to one or two reaches. The rest should be colleges where you have a good chance of being accepted, and schools that are very likely to accept you. Don’t apply to more than 10 colleges….students these days are applying to 15, 20, 25 colleges….just hoping to beat the odds. I’m a poker player, and I will tell you a secret:  the house almost always wins. One in a million…those aren’t very good odds.

Very few students are well matched for the “super elite” (i.e., hard to get into) colleges. And there are colleges out there who really want you! They will offer you merit aid, scholarships, and financial aid packages. There are so many wonderful colleges with so many opportunities! Public university honors colleges, liberal arts schools with incredible programs and offerings.  Be sure to apply to some of them….it is sometimes better to be wanted than to just be “accepted”. There are so many schools out there where the opportunities for learning and traveling and experiencing new academic adventures are too numerous to count. I agree with the Dalai Lama: “Sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck”. It will lead you down roads you never dreamed of. Not accepted by LaDeeDa College which has a 5% acceptance rate? You are in good company. Choose another path …and take an unexpected journey!

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Teen Drinking on Halloween

from PRN, Charles Elias:”

“Scary” facts about teen drinking Halloween night
Halloween is a popular night for teens to do daring things. So, it’s no surprise that teens sometimes abuse alcohol on nights when we allow them to roam around the neighborhood with friends. According to an annual survey of U.S. youth, three-fourths of 12th graders, more than two-thirds of 10th graders, and about two in every five 8th graders have consumed alcohol and when youth drink they tend to drink excessively!

The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism publishes easy-to-understand research that helps explain why your teen might experiment with alcohol this weekend:

Personality and Behavior- Researchers find that aspects of personality/temperament and certain behaviors that are evident early in life-such as antisocial behavior, poor self-regulation, poor self-control, anxiety, a tendency toward depression, and shyness–may predict initiation of alcohol use in early adolescence, as well as future heavy use, and alcohol-use disorders, such as depending on alcohol to get along with peers.

Family Dynamics– Parents who respond well to their child’s needs help their children better regulate emotions and behavior. The NIAA says that the most effective family environments are characterized by  warmth, moderate discipline, and limited stress. Stressed and depressed parents who are aggressive toward their child often make it hard for a child to regulate and control his/her own behavior.

 

Peer Relationships and Culture- Peers who drink often encourage experimentation with alcohol use, and the experimentation can have potentially dangerous consequences. However, keep in mind that risk-taking and experimentation–so typical during adolescence–is an important developmental progression and comes at a time when teens are  forming their own identities.
Environment– Environmental factors strongly influencesdrinking behavior. For example, trying alcohol for the first time is tied more to environmental than to genetic influences.

 

Adolescent Brain Development and Gaps in Maturity– Regions of the brain mature at different times. The region that governs emotions, fear and anxiety (i.e., the limbic system) matures in early adolescence. Its development is believed to be triggered by hormones that set puberty into motion. In contrast, the frontal cortex-the region responsible for self-regulation, decision making, and behavioral control-develops more gradually, as a result of age and experience. This explains why most teens have questionable judgment.

 

Differences in Sensitivity to Alcohol– Compared with adults, adolescents are less sensitive to intoxication-such as sleepiness, hangover, and loss of coordination-but they are more sensitive to the way alcohol eases social situations. Teens are at higher risk for drinking too much for this reason. This may help explain why adolescents are able to drink larger amounts of alcohol (as in binge* drinking) without experiencing the same levels of physiological effects (such as sleepiness and poor coordination) as adults.

 

*Binge is defined as five or more drinks on an occasion

What can we as parents do to stop a night of dangerous drinking from happening?

 

The NIAA report on underage drinking says parents who:

  1. carefully monitor their teen’s activities
  2. are involved in school and home life
  3.  are “bonded” or close to the teen
  4. and who practice effective discipline

are usually more effective at preventing problem drinking.  So smell their breath when they get home, and feel free to add a little punishment if it’s warranted. Keep the lines of communication open, and explain that drinking isn’t just dangerous when driving, it’s easy to go too far. Good Luck!

We work with families…..we’d like to work with you.
Sincerely,

Charles Elias
PRN for Families

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