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The Common Application season is officially underway, and students and families are gearing up for the excitement and anxiety of the college admissions process. This is a time when students are exploring their college options, writing personal statements, and submitting applications. It’s also a time when students feel pressured to perform well and get into “dream schools.”

In this blog post, I’ll share some tips for students and families as they navigate the Common Application season. I’ll also share a personal story about how I’m approaching my own challenge of participating in a triathlon.

Tips for Students and Families

  • Start early. The Common Application opens in August, so it’s important to start early. This will give you plenty of time to research colleges, write personal statements, and gather letters of recommendation.
  • Be yourself. The most important thing is to be yourself in your applications. Colleges want to get to know the real you, so don’t try to be someone you’re not.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you’re struggling with any aspect of the application process, don’t be afraid to ask for help from your parents, teachers, or counselors.

My Personal Story

Last night, I pulled an audible and secured a place in the mountains to support my students on personal statements in a peaceful place. I also wanted to take a peek at the sprint triathlon course I will be participating in in late August.

When I started digging around the website, I noted that only 3 other 50+ women ran last year. I also noted that EVEN IF I DO MY VERY BEST, I will likely place LAST.

My first thought was, “Why run the race if I am going to come in last?!”

That is when I shifted my mindset to:

  • I am proud to participate in an Xterra event.
  • I am proud to be a woman in my 50s that can run, bike, and swim!
  • I am proud to be a role model for my students to show up even when the outcome is likely that I will place 100 out of 100!

As we head into this crazy next season, I wanted to remind all parents and IECs (and myself) that SHOWING up is often the hardest part.


The Common Application season can be a challenging time, but it’s also an exciting time. I encourage students and families to start early, be themselves, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. And most importantly, remember that showing up is often the hardest part.

I hope this blog post helps you navigate the Common Application season and achieve your college goals!

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