For my English class, I recently completed an online college portfolio, a collection of documents useful in the college application process. This included items such as a resume, entrance essay, and college search write-up, all of which I put into a folder in Google Drive justly titled, “College Portfolio”. If you are a rising senior (or even perhaps a curious rising junior), I highly recommend this project because it helped me reflect on myself as a person and got me a head start on applying to college.
In order to pick colleges that would fit me, I thought that getting to know myself better would be a good place to start. One of my assignments was to write a letter of recommendation for myself, pretending that I was one of my current teachers. This assignment was interesting because I had to think about what I had done in that class and what characters I showed. Of course, I would like a good letter of recommendation, but I had to consider my behavior and attitude towards the class during the school year. Had I been engaged in class, or did I moan and groan and slug through class half asleep? Did I bring my “A”-game to class everyday, or did I turn in subpar work that a sixth-grader would even consider rubbish? These were all considerations in writing myself a letter of recommendation.
After becoming more familiar with myself, I picked some colleges to look into. So what did I discover? I found out that college is surprisingly expensive. A shocker, I know. I actually hadn’t anticipated college to cost so much; I had a rough idea of how much college cost, but I learned just how rough that idea was when I looked up the actual cost of college. Ouch.
This project kept things real: I need to know myself to make better decisions and college will cost many a pretty penny. Feel free to comment if you have questions about my college project or want some pointers as to how to go about college searching.