My day so far:

7:20 – Say goodbye to the rest of the family and send them off to work or school. Pile applications on kitchen table and arrange them in groups of five.

Read five applications.

Check email. Don’t send any messages in return.

Read five applications.

Fill the kettle and boil water for tea.

Read one application while waiting for water to boil.

Make mint tea. (Kristen is not the only tea drinker on the staff.) Fill hot water bottle – an effective tool in the fight against cold feet.

Read nine applications. (Double batch fueled by mint tea.)

Take break for a quick lunch. (Thinking about lunch distracts me from applications.)

Try to read five applications, but get bogged down with a complicated second-time applicant.

Succeed in regaining momentum and read five applications.

Bring in the mail – but don’t take time to read it.

Read ten applications (YAY!).

Post details of my day on the web site.

Read five applications…

 

2 Responses to Read Five Applications

  1. Jessica Daniels says:

    Thanks, Lulu, for your question. In general, second-time applicants do well in the admissions process. They have improved upon shortcomings from the first round and have grown into strong applicants. Sometimes, though, there is a great deal of information in the application file, and it can take a long time to read through. The fact is that there are many first-time applicants who present a similar challenge for us. With students coming from so many different countries and education systems, just sorting through transcripts and other education documents can take some time. It’s all part of the process though, and is the part that teaches us the most.

  2. Lulu Simpson says:

    What’s complicated about a second time applicant? How does that figure into decisions for admission?

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