Thursday, July 24, 2008

Mary is off to College Summit

Mary leaves this afternoon for St. John's University in Queens, where she will spend the next 4 days working as a volunteer for College Summit. A couple of months ago, she was watching "Now" on PBS, and they did a piece on College Summit--and she simply had to give it a try.

Here is the link to that PBS broadcast, so take a look: http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/417/video.html

College Summit a group that promotes college to high school students who may not normally think of college as an option for them. These sessions are designed to help them with their applications and to guide them through the process of writing their personal statements. That's what Mary will be, a "writing coach."

No doubt, it will be an intense experience. Not only are the days long (they start at about 7 a.m. and often end at 10 or 11 p.m.), but certainly the students' stories will be engaging and emotionally moving--they always are. We tend to think of young people as people who haven't really lived yet. Mary and Jeff to differ, having read thousands of student essays over the years.

Mary will write about it when she returns home Sunday. In the meantime, visit College Summit's Web site to read about them, and we encourage you to support them with a small donation of time or money.

After all, wouldn't diversity in our college system do wonders for our country? These days, college seems more and more like an elite institution, and it simply shouldn't be that way.

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