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College applications: take two

 

[caption id="attachment_3623" align="alignleft" width="150"]<a href="http://www.sonomanews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Lisa.jpg"><img class="size-thumbnail wp-image-3623" alt="Lisa Summers" src="http://www.sonomanews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Lisa-150x150.jpg" width="150" height="150" /></a> Lisa Summers[/caption]

It seems I just got one child moved into the college dorms and now I’m back in the thick of it with essays, deadlines and the onset of “senioritis.” Having gone through the college application process two years ago, I was completely floored by changes that have taken place since I applied to UC in the mid-1980s.

Forget the fact that tuition was a tenth the current cost. Forget that some reasonable limit existed on the number of out-of-state students admitted annually to a university system created as an affordable education option for California residents. And really forget the fact that a student could have a less-than-perfect academic record and expect to be admitted to at least one UC that wasn’t UCB or UCLA.

I had a job in my field before I even graduated, and it wasn’t one of those “unpaid internships” that have a kudzu stranglehold on entry-level positions in today’s job market. This job came with an actual paycheck. Those days are over.


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