Greetings Students and Families,
I wish you all continued ongoing good health and peace in these uncertain times. There are many questions and as I wrote about in my previous two notes last week, much is outside of each student’s control. Planning for the other side – when things return to normal is the best course of action. This means focusing on completing coursework- more so on learning than grades- as some school districts are already moving to Pass/Fall. The important point to be recognized is that you are learning what is needed to move onward to next year’s courses – pacing you down the road for your undergraduate education as well. Continuity and cumulative learning of knowledge is most critical in math, science and foreign languages.
Regarding AP exams – and even SATII Subject Tests- -these will also be invaluable to holistic college application review when you’re a senior. There is 100% uncertainty at the moment as to whether testing will occur – as we simply don’t know where citizens and public health will be in May.
SAT AND ACT TEST CANCELLATIONS
WILL THE AP EXAMS BE CANCELLED?
TESTING– As of now many of you are aware that SAT/ACT tests dates are all rescheduled to June- that’s the least of the tip of the iceberg.
AP exams– Here’s the official college board policy at the moment-indeed this is fluid. If I were to predict–I would anticipate additional dates at end of the summer in August. Many clients throughout the country are writing to me asking me if someone should travel to take the exam elsewhere– NO! Travel is socially irresponsible. If your community is locked down – assume you are a carrier and you don’t migrate to another less infected area adding risk to other communities.. In the short term, this is a game changer. Sure you may have lost an opportunity for college credit, and maybe even changed the progression of your undergraduate years– but you’re in this with all students – together- no one is any more disadvantaged than another student. Accept what you cannot control – and do your best for when this is all behind us-whether that’s 3, 6 or even 12 months- uncertainty is awful -but it is what we have at the moment. Help at home, focus on learning, take space to find light-hearted distractions.
Here’s a great resource I just found in addition to tons of free Yoga and Exercise Apps — I can now visit major museums around the world here.
How you weather the situation is an opportunity – sure, it’s beyond unfathomable to be living through a pandemic with so much uncertainty about its duration and the health of people you know. Everyone of you will be enrolled in college in 1, 2 or 3 years– at the moment, recognize that college admissions next season will differ – with juniors having had a critical year of potential grades/courses and extracurriculars abruptly cut short. Everyone in the same boat– how you respond and navigate as I wrote in my blog last week is up to you.
I’m here to assist in many ways– from:
- helping seniors ’20 negotiate financial aid awards and decide where to place their admissions deposit on May 1
- exploring the best learning opportunities online
- to rethinking college choices and majors in the absence of campus visits
- to rethinking your test taking schedule and test prep
- to creating an extracurricular plan that is homebound and virtual
Watch for news on our FB mini series starting in May and consider joining our college workshop too.
Many blessings and good health to everyone,
Professor Emeritus – Cornell Alumni Rep