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Friday, March 25, 2011

It's Friiiday, Friiiiday, Friiiiday [This Just In: Saturday Comes Next]!

Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun (yeah!)--you know what fun is! Take some time this weekend to have some! Forget the important decisions, like whether to take the front seat or the back seat. Just kick back, relax, and "party" like a tone deaf 13 year-old.

Here's some good news to assuage your worries and ease your troubled mind into weekend mode: we haven't lost your application. If you haven't heard from us yet, it doesn't mean that something is wrong. We're still admitting for fall, we're still giving out financial aid, we're still accepting applications for housing. We have a record number of applications, and we're committed to making sure that each applicant gets the same careful consideration that we've always given in the past. It might take a little longer, but don't worry. You'll hear from us. We promise.

So, now you can breathe a big sigh of relief and start planning your weekend festivities. Read on after the jump for our top ten list of things to do in the Marymount (South Bay) area.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

WIAD And The Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls Strikes Back (With Leprechauns) Pt. 4 - 3/18/11

Yep. We're having another Walk-In Application Day tomorrow, Friday March 18th. Yes, as usual I'm going to try to make it relate to this month's holiday, namely St. Patrick's Day. No, I don't know if I am going to succeed, but it was better than trying to tie it to the Ides of March (Et tu, Brute?). 

And here we go...

What is WIAD, you (who have not been reading this blog) ask? Well, it's a magical day. You can come in anytime from 9am to 5pm, with your completed application and required transcripts, cadre of leprechauns [student workers] take you on a mystical tour of the verdant, emerald isle that we call Marymount College [it isn't really an island...but you can see one from here.]. When you get back, you can nibble some fairy cakes and sip on a cuppa while our counselors [uh, Druid Apostates? Cut me some slack here...] process your file faster than you can lilt, "Hearts, stars, and horseshoes, clovers and blue moons, pots of gold and rainbows, and a red balloon." 

Then, if you've got the luck of the Irish, St. Patrick [our not-quite beatified assistant dean of enrollment] might deliver the pot o' gold at the end of the admission rainbow: a same-day admission decision (whether or not she'll drive snakes from California afterward remains to be seen). If there's a double rainbow (all the way across the sky!), you might even get a double pot o' gold: a scholarship on top of your decision! Of course, we'll need your SAT/ACT scores for that.

Click here for detailed information on what you need to bring.

RSVP by commenting below or on our Facebook page and (as long as you didn't do it anonymously) we'll have a present waiting for you tomorrow! 

Check back next month as we bring back yet another WIAD and I try to find an obscure holiday that isn't Easter to which I can compare it. Any suggestions?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

How You Can Benefit From Spring Travel (And Why My Sweater Is All Wet...)

He appears innocent, but you're looking at a tactical pee assassin.
My dog thinks I am an absent father. He is showing all the textbook signs of teenage rebellion--though last I checked human teens don't express their displeasure by relieving themselves on their dad's dry cleaning. I must admit that it's an effective form of inter-species communication, but I'm running out of sweaters...

And it's not just the dog.

The auto-mailer at Facebook seems to be worried that I've died. I keep getting emails asking passive-aggressive questions about why I haven't updated my page recently (I think after two weeks of inactivity they start "poking" your next of kin). The new message light on my office phone is flashing with the urgency of an S.O.S. beacon, my expired list of Outlook reminders is about the length of the fourth Twilight novel (and reads at a similar pace), and my email inbox is stuffed with more time-sensitive information than a government intelligence leak.

It must be travel season. 

Friday, March 4, 2011

Writing A Good Admission Essay - 10 Cliché and Ineffective Essay Topics That You Should Avoid At All Cost

There is a panic that afflicts many students when they sit down to write their college admission essay. The blank page mocks them. "Fill me," it taunts. "Cover my crisp white emptiness with a 250-750 word distillation of the value of your entire life. Be brilliant, or you'll be deep-frying frozen potatoes for the rest of your sorry existence." 

Under the hostile, reproving glare of their computer screen, the student's brain suddenly does its best Windows Vista® impression and years of valuable life experiences are replaced by a mental "blue screen" of despair. It becomes all too easy to rush it; just hammer away on the keyboard and hope that something worthwhile trickles out.

It usually doesn't. Instead, the essay almost always falls into one of the following categories and is lost forever in the  crumpled morass of wasted paper.

So, no matter how panicked you are, don't EVER use one of these topics. They will do you a disservice.