Turning Lemons into Lemonade
March 29, 2020
Hope you are all staying safe.
COVID-19 has changed all our lives. Our movements are limited. We are all anxious and under a lot of stress. While we don't have a magic wand to change this situation, we want to help navigate yours. We have compiled ideas and resources for these times, to propel you forward in the college process. We will keep this page updated.
A couple of observations and then the suggestions.
I. We have more time. One of the consequences of the shutdown is that everyones' daily lives has taken a pause, their daily routines restructured. Folks who would normally may be "too busy" or even unwilling to give you time of day, may have more time on their hands, and more importantly have the inclination to respond and be helpful.
This is a huge opportunity to reach out.
In other words, access to experts and people with experience may be unprecedented. Take advantage of it.
II. Bargains. The second blessing is that there are lots of deals around. Resources that you may have to pay for, may be free for use for now. Additionally, they may be willing to work with you than before.
Specifically look for opportunities to access content free, online courses, test prep, pre-college summer programs.
1. Volunteer - Opportunity to make a difference in your community at this time. For example,
2. Learn - Free online courses.
3. Research/study US colleges - In the current situation, you can afford the luxury of taking your time to explore and study the colleges in the US in detail. The following avenues are recommended:
4. Projects - Given the grind of daily life, it is not often that you have blocks of time available to bend to your will. This is indeed a rare opportunity to pursue creative projects that require inspiration or experimentation. So, depending on your skills, interest and drive here are some initiative worth considering:
5. Plan your Summer - Programs or Summer jobs
6. 11th Graders - Work on creative material for US College Apps - the US College applications have a significant parts that require a lot of creativity, iterations, and time to do a great job. To wit:
Hope you find one or more suggestions helpful and then act on them.
Good Luck and Stay Safe.