College Planning With My Son #3 - Which App To Choose?


We’re finally making traction here. I couldn’t be more relieved. The amount of work that goes into a college application is pretty extensive, though, so I can’t say we’ve gotten all that far. The first decision to wrestle with was - which app to fill out?

Number one on his list was Penn State and they had three applications to choose from - the coalition app, the common app and the Penn State app. The common app is accepted by more campuses than the coalition app, so we checked the other schools he’ll be applying to and all but one also accept both apps.

One difference between them are the essay topics. So, I suggested my son review the topics and go with whichever app had the topic he was most interested in. He chose the common app and this essay prompt:

The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success.

Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

He also agreed to spend two hours every weekend working on his college apps, so I’m putting those on the calendar to make sure it really happens, because if a tree falls in the woods but it's not on the family calendar, did it really fall? The answer to that is a big fat NO.

All the while, there are still questions arising about if we should apply to this school or that and second guessing our decisions. Thank goodness I have resources to quickly run scenarios to see what makes sense if I need to.

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