Wow! As a sports fanatic, March Madness literally means NCAA basketball, but also translates to NHL hockey, NBA basketball (ehhh, not so much, but sports nonetheless) and MLB Opening Day!
March Madness 2012 had a much deeper meaning for me this year. No, no, not because my 9th seeded Saint Louis University Billikens nearly upset the #2 seed Michigan State University in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
In fact, I never even got the chance to predict my NCAA brackets this year because I was given a couple great spontaneous opportunities last month.
I am a certified worker on the National Foursquare Disaster Relief Ministry Team through my church East Bay Fellowship in Danville. Twelve of us, four from EBF alone, from across the nation were deployed to Henryville, Indiana, following the devastating tornado.
Then, less than a week later I was invited by a friend who won a ticket lottery to go to St. Louis (back to my old graduate school stomping grounds) to sit in Oprah Winfrey's audience for her Lifeclass series on her newly launched network OWN. Since both of these experiences were amazing in their own right, I will blog about each seperately to follow this post.
What I want to talk about here is that it isn't too late to apply to college for the fall semester "Huh?", you might be wondering.
Fact: this is the time of year when seniors and transfers are receiving acceptance or rejection letters for the fall semester.
Fact: there are plenty of well-known colleges still accepting applications even now. A professional colleague of mine, Nancy Griesemer, from the Higher Education Consultants Association recently wrote an article detailing how to find out more information about applying to college for the fall.
Why would a student decide to apply now? It could be that a high school senior or community college transfer wants to wait on second semester grades to boost an application. Or, perhaps the initial college application process didn't go as planned and he isn't getting the results he wants. Finally, a student may have simply changed her mind.
Locally, the following colleges are still open to fall 2012 applications: Stanford University, Santa Clara University, CSU East Bay, Saint Mary's College, University of San Francisco, Mills College, Menlo College, Dominican University of California, and University of the Pacific.
In fact, there are many colleges and universities, statewide and beyond, still accepting fall applications. Check out my colleague's article in the DC Examiner to get insider tips on how to apply for college if you are still interested.
It really is never too late! If you are looking to return to school or are to start your applications process again, please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.