Happy Friday Rising Seniors!

I’ve done this the last five summers and gotten some amazing responses, so I’m sure this year y’all won’t disappoint and there will be just as many amazing responses! I have a big post coming later about how to craft your college list step by step, but I thought I’d get y’all warmed up with this little summer tradition.

Now that you’re really in the throes of making those college lists, you have so many questions and chance-mes and reverse-chance-mes, but some (many) of you really have no idea what you want other than a “top” school” or a “t-something”, so I have a task for you — if you are up for the challenge πŸ€“.

Think about your fit. What are you looking for? When you imagine yourself on a campus, who are you and what do you see? Consider these aspects of college campus and life: School size, Large lecture classes or small discussion classes, Geographic area, Weather, Cultural, Social dynamics and Vibes: Intellectual, Academic, Sporty, Quirky, Serious


The AdmissionsMom Create-a-College Challenge!

As many of you know, I don’t believe in dream colleges because I know that it’s really the Dream You (not the Dream U) you are imagining on that campus, so think about Dream You and what you see yourself doing and how you see yourself interacting on your college campus.

You can either draw this out and send a pic or write it out in essay format, diary format, bullet points, or claymation it. Whatever.

Get creative. Make the perfect college in your mind and share it with us. Think about and answer these questions: When you imagine your life for those four years, what do you see? What are you doing on a Saturday afternoon or a Wednesday night? Who are you surrounded by? What does the setting look like? What are you involved in and who are you involved with? What’s the weather like? How far away from home do you see yourself? What do your classes look like? Are they small seminars or are they big lectures? What are some of your must-haves and some of your no-ways? The more description you give me (and others) about how you envision your life for the next four years, the more we will be able to suggest colleges for you — and even more important — the more you will have a clear idea about what you want and what you’re looking for.

Map it. Draw it. Write it. Film it. But don’t rank it!

I hope to get some good examples and ideas from you all this week, I’m excited to come back with some suggestions for your list. Have fun!

Check out last year’s creations here if you want some inspiration!