My constant challenge as an art student is to represent a three-dimensional object, person, or scene on a one-dimensional piece of paper. To be successful, I must draw it so that the viewer sees all dimensions even though it is a flat plane. I am, in effect, translating what I see so that others see the same thing.
College applications present similar challenges. We must take the richness and depth of students in their many dimensions and communicate that via a flat, printed application. We must create it so that others to see what we see.
It is never an easy task to go from the living, breathing child in front of us to the written word. And, there are some things that present special problems in translation:
- Unusual Activities – If your student has limited extracurricular activities because of family finances, family health care needs, or an isolated location, special care needs to be taken in the explanation you give to colleges.
- Venue Changes – Students who have gone back and forth between homeschool, public, and private school need to explain those reasons carefully.
- Interrupted High School Path – There are many things that can cause a disjointed progression through high school.
Regardless of the situation, we can make an accurate translation. We can help colleges see as we see and thus have a complete picture of the student we hold dear. However, it must be done carefully, honestly, and accurately for it to be if help to our student.
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