Awesome People Reading, a Tumblr, featuring Marilyn Monroe, Martin Luther King, Loki, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Woody Woodpecker... among others.
From DePaul University's Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management via the Facebook page of College Admissions Counselors: Time for the annual reminder of why we do what we do. John Ciardi's 1950–ish address to freshmen at Rutgers: Another School Year: Why? So many wonderful thoughts in this piece we couldn't pick one to excerpt. Read it in its entirety.
And from the Facebook page of the Common Application: Short thought for the long weekend: it's never a good idea to insult or swear at the people who are trying to help you. BTW, we're mentoring some first-generation college applicants and have been working with the new Common App. Our experience has been great.
And, last but not least, some advice for parents from two of our favorite gurus: psychologist Madeline Levine writing about the work of Stanford University social psychologist Carol Dweck in Raising Successful Children. One of the many money quotes: The happiest, most successful children have parents who do not do for them what they are capable of doing, or almost capable of doing; and their parents do not do things for them that satisfy their own needs rather than the needs of the child. Excellent advice for the college application process.