Knock, Knock…

November 29, 2015

Who’s there?

You see.

You see who?

UC that I finished my college application? (!!)

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It’s late on the eve of the deadline… but he did it.

He’d finished most of the application a couple weeks ago. The most labor intensive part of the application, the essays–there were two–were finished a couple weeks ago, but he wanted to tweak them just a little, and that was all that remained. Thought we’d wrap this up early and go to bed.

However, as we were reviewing the application to make sure everything was complete and accurate, we discovered an optional question toward the end–something like, “Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about yourself?” This was a 550-word opportunity we maybe shouldn’t pass up, an opportunity to expand on some aspect of Peter’s high school experience, or  add something that wasn’t already included, or just generally leave them with a more complete story of who Peter is– beyond grades and test scores.

He texted a friend to find out if he had answered the question. He had not, claiming it made you seem too desperate.

We all talked about it. Jim made a compelling case for highlighting Peter’s life-long obsession with mountain climbing.

He was game and got to work.

What’s more, he was open to my reading and commenting on his essay. I was pretty pleased about that! (Very impressed, too, with what he wrote.) Definitely good mom-son time.. which was great because it’d been a stressful day of his procrastinating and our walking that desperate line between needing to push him to complete the application and wanting him to take responsibility for his own damn college apps.

Anyway, he was in a very good place when the final essay writing began and it was a productive and actually fun few hours.

He finished around 2:00am and screen-shotted the above pic (then started his calculus and government homework.. ugh). I went to bed.

Super happy the application is done. Will review it one last time tomorrow before sending it in….


3 Responses to “Knock, Knock…”

  1. Chris Smith Says:

    Say, I like the title of this post! That’s what Jonathan named the kitten he got when he was five years old. Not sure if there was more to the cat’s name than that (like a punch line), but that’s what he was forever called. Not much in the way of cat material in your post, but it did bring back memories of the process we also went through seven years ago now. Is SB one of the “you sees” in the hopper?

    • Kari Says:

      SB is, indeed, on of the UCs in the hopper.

      I love (LOVE) a kid who names his cat Knock Knock, and a family who indulges him. That is so cute.

  2. Chris Smith Says:

    …and he named the jack russell dog Taters. Vincent was a distant second in the running with “Harry Potter”.

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