To Parents of High School Seniors, What I See as a Teacher Every Year

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To the parent of a high school senior, 

Let me start out by saying that I am not a parent of a high school senior, nor have I been the parent of a high school senior. I am the parent of a six-year-old son and one-year-old daughter. My son is actually going to start kindergarten this year; he will start his educational career as your child closes a chapter in his or hers. But, I have been a teacher of high school seniors for the bulk of my fifteen year teaching career. So, I hope it is okay that I write this to you.

The author hugging one of her students (via Kara Lawler)

What I notice about my seniors every year

Every year, I help seniors navigate the college essay and I tell them to have you read their essays. You know them best, really, even if they think you don’t. You know their essence and what will set them apart from all of the other applicants.

Every year, I watch them freak…

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