I’m taking a non-traditional approach to my blog this week because I’m feeling reflective. Tomorrow I head out of town for a final vacation on the East Coast (New Hampshire). I’m going to Dance New England’s summer dance camp, a place I have spent from four to eleven days every year (except one) for the past twelve years.
It has become automatic for me that the end of summer means I’m heading to dance camp. In fact, I almost didn’t go to camp this year because I had so much work to do, engagements on my calendar, etc. But this ritual of camp is so ingrained that a week ago I cancelled all my appointments and bought a plane ticket. The end of summer just isn’t the same without dance camp.
The end of summer also means fall colors coming, and crispness in the air. Apples flooding the farmers market where berries used to be. Thoughts of snow shovels encroaching.
Most important, however (yes even more important than dance camp), the end of summer means admissions season is approaching, and life is about to get even busier for The Essay Expert. For the past nine months I have been a resume writer and business owner, as well as a career advisor at the University of Wisconsin Law School. In a few short weeks, “College Admissions Essay Advisor” will move to the top of the list along with “Law School Admissions Consultant” for Kaplan.
I look forward to this upcoming time of year. College and law school applicants all have unique stories to tell, and I love learning and exploring them. I love working with students, helping them gain insights into their lives that they might not have had otherwise. I love watching people’s stories reveal themselves onto the page in a way that captures the interest of admissions officers because no one else could have told those stories in that particular way.
And of course I love helping clients get into the colleges and law schools of their choice.
I associate apples and fall crispness, even Thanksgiving, with the process of shepherding students into their next phase of life. It’s a rewarding venture and the results will flower with the spring. In the meantime, I’m heading to dance camp. I’ll have more bloggery for you when I get back.
I’m curious… what does the approach of the end of summer mean to you? Are you a job seeker getting ready to buckle down in your search? Are you the parent of a high school senior getting ready to increase your encouragement for your child to write an essay draft? Are you a teacher writing letters of recommendation? Please share in the comments below.