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My College Cloud
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Choosing and Applying

“My College Cloud,” by Kenneth Douglas, is a cautionary tale about the college application process. Kenneth relates how at the start of his senior year he was still clueless about applying to college. His family was no help and he describes his school counseling system as confused and ineffective. He finally overcomes his passivity and takes it upon himself to research colleges, make sensible choices, and complete the application process. Here are questions you can ask with Kenneth’s story.

—Was Kenneth doing the best thing by picking a college solely based on a very specific career choice?
—He applies to only 3 colleges and he really only wants to attend one. Should he have applied to some “just in case” schools?
—Why was he so passive for so long? Some teens visit schools, talk to current students and alumni, sign up for out-of-school counseling programs, etc. Was Kenneth shortchanging himself by not making these efforts?
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