College Counseling Blog
Welcome to the College Counseling Blog by Chris Teare, Director of College Counseling, and Russell Althouse, Associate Director of College Counseling.
Ethical Conduct in College Admissions
It’s appropriate that this month’s blog topic is Ethical Conduct, because a key word thus far in our reading in College Admission, the text we’re using in 11thGrade College Counseling, is authenticity.(Those are the editor’s italics for purposes of emphasis.) To return to my English major/teacher days, I might quote Shakespeare’s character Polonius in Hamlet:
“This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.”
As the juniors and I have been discussing, the way to begin the college process is by reflecting on one’s own educational and life experiences, examining them for what works or what does not; which subjects, settings, and people bring out an individual’s best; always trying to develop an internal guidance system for developing a college list that will have places that have the right size, type, location, personality, programs, and price tag for a unique individual to thrive, grow, and graduate – ideally in four years.
We have also been discussing the way an application needs to communicate in the student’s own voice, and not in any sense be “packaged” to make an impression that is not genuine. Ethical conduct in the college process thus means everyone involved – students, parents, teachers and counselors – being honest with everyone else, including college admissions officers. To be ethical is to be authentic, true to your “own self” and to find a college that fits the real you.
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