Parents-Inspire Adventure!

  David Graves      August 28th, 2017

My son is a junior at Georgia Tech (yes, a UGA admissions person has a child at GT), where he is studying Aerospace Engineering with a Certificate in Astrophysics. My wife and I have trouble even comprehending his courses now, such as Jet and Rocket Propulsion, much less being able to help him with any coursework. On the plus side, we do get to say “Well yes, my son is a rocket scientist”. We still like to give him our wonderful parental words of advice though, with one of the key ones being “Go to all of your classes”. It was challenging, therefore, when he told us in August that he would be missing the first day of class for the Fall 2017 term so he could travel with a group of friends to see solar eclipse in the “path of totality” in South Carolina. As parents, our first thought was to tell him no way. It’s bad enough to miss class, much less miss the first day of class. But being good parents (at lease as good as we can be), we told him that it was his decision to make, and we would be okay with his choice. He let his professors know his plans, sent out texts and group invites planning out the trip, and then caravanned up to Clemson, SC with nine friends to experience the total eclipse. Being parents, we tracked his progress up to SC on our iPhone, hoping that they would not get […]

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Letting Them Drive Alone

  David Graves      May 8th, 2017

I can still remember one of the most terrifying moments in life as a parent, the day my son turned 16 and received his official driver’s license. We could handle the learner’s permit, as we could sit in the passenger’s seat and at least feel like we had some control of the situation. But when he arrived home after getting the official license and asked to go out without us, terror hit us hard. Even with his younger sister as a co-pilot, my wife and I were still terrified of what might happen. But being good parents, we held back our tears and our fears and allowed them to head off on the longest 8 mile drive of our lives. My wife and I hovered over our iPhones, tracking every turn and stop, wondering why the map was taking so long to refresh their location. And you know what? They arrived safely. Amazingly, they even made it back home alive. And as the days and weeks went by, we started tracking him less and less, and instead we started celebrating the end to our child-chauffeur days. Occasionally, there would be the small bump in the road, from the dead battery to a minor fender bender, but everything turned out just fine. Our fears of major accidents, our kids getting lost without us there to help them, and the unknown of who else is on the roads with them started to vanish. I even survived my daughter’s spontaneous road trip through […]

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Suggestions for Freshmen Applicants

  David Graves      August 21st, 2015

Yesterday, I posted some advice on what questions most admissions officers will not answer, at least not in the way that most prospective families are looking for in a response. Today I am going to focus on our suggestions for how to put your best foot forward with an admissions office. We truly love reading the applications of students who are passionate about attending UGA, and we want your application (and the application process) to be the best it can be. Always take care of things well before a deadline. A student who applies and submits all documents well before a deadline shows that they are the type of person who does not wait until the last moment to do things, from applying to studying to going to class. If X university is number one on your list of colleges, act like it. Proofread your application before you submit it. I am not just talking about proofreading your essays, but instead checking your whole application to make sure you are giving us the information you want us to see. We receive hundreds of emails right after a student applies to UGA asking for us to add X to their file where they forgot something, correct Y where they made a mistake, etc. After you complete your application, go over it one more time to make sure your birth date is right, all the clubs/activities that you want us to know about are listed, and your information looks correct. We even […]

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2015 Parent Post

  David Graves      September 9th, 2014

Every year we try to open a post aimed at answering questions from parents.  We want to educate parents about the UGA admissions process and dispel myths and rumors that may be floating around high schools, neighborhoods and communities.  We recently sent an email out to students regarding the First Year application opening and letting them know about our blog, so hopefully they have already started doing more research on our admissions process, but now we want to hear from you, the parents. With the 2015 First Year application now open and fall travel beginning, our office is about to get even busier, so now is the time to ask us questions.  Parents, what would you like to know?  Please post your questions through the comment option and we will try to respond as quickly as possible. Go Dawgs! P.S. A good resource as you start this process is the Top 10 UGA Admissions Urban Legends site.

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Post for Parents

  David Graves      August 21st, 2012

Every year we try to open a post aimed at answering questions from parents.  We want to educate parents about the UGA admissions process and dispel myths and rumors that may be floating around high schools and communities.  We recently sent an email out to students regarding the First Year application opening and letting them know about our blog.  Please help us out by spreading the word about this post! With the 2013  First Year application now open and fall travel beginning, our office is about to get even busier.  Now is the time to ask us questions.  Parents, what would you like to know?  Please post your questions through the comment option and we will try to respond as quickly as possible! Go Dawgs!

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Post for the Parents

  David Graves      July 11th, 2011

For the last few years, I have opened up a post specifically to answer questions from parents, and I thought I would revisit this theme earlier this year. While I love working with and answering questions from students, parents seem to be put in the background at times during the college admissions process. You hear the term “helicopter parent” and hear horror stories about over-zealous moms and dads, but for the most part they are just trying to help their children navigate the often confusing process of college admissions. A number of colleges try to connect with parents, through email blasts, mailings or other connections, trying to give the family more information, including UGA. Our office wants to educate parents about the UGA admissions process, and dispel any myths that float around the HS communities and neighborhoods. Hopefully, a fair number of parents of rising seniors have seen the recent email we sent out to students letting them know about the blog, but please spread the word about this post. So here is your chance, parents. What questions do you have that you are dying to ask? Feel free to post whatever questions you would like through the comment option, and I will try to respond as quickly as possible. Fire Away!

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Where’s the Effin Waffle House?- A Story of Misunderstanding

  David Graves      January 4th, 2011

About 7 years ago, my wife and I were driving home after picking up our six year old son at my in-laws house, with  him firmly strapped into his car seat  in the back. As six year olds are prone to do, his discussion turned to bodily functions and a wonderful discussion about gas. My wife, raised as a proper southern woman, re-enforced the notion that one should not use the word “fart”, even going as far as to say “remember, we do not use the F word”. Of course, this turned into a wonderfully painful discussion about what other words he should not say, from the S word, the H word, and the other, dreaded “F word”. We finally made it through the “words that should never be said” talk, and focused on the drive home from Greensboro, GA to Athens. We had just reached the bridge crossing I-20, when from the back of the car we heard the statement “Where is the effin Waffle House?” My wife jerked her head around in horror and asked “What did you just say?” in a tone only a mother knows. My son grinned back at her and said “Where is the effin Waffle House?” She sat stunned, unable to speak, when he once more repeated “Where is the effin Waffle House?”, only this time pointing forward and up in the sky. My wife turned to look, and saw the Waffle House sign up ahead in the dark sky, with one of […]

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Meet the Parents II

  David Graves      November 17th, 2010

A little over a year ago, I did a post specifically to answer questions from parents, and I thought I would revisit this theme. While I love working with and answering questions from students, parents seem to be put in the background at times during the college admissions process. You hear the term “helicopter parent” and hear horror stories about over-zealous moms and dads, but for the most part they are just trying to help their children navigate the often confusing process of college admissions. A number of colleges try to connect with parents, through email blasts, mailings or other connections, trying to give the family more information. In fact, I am going to have an email go out today, right before I upload this post, sent to all the parents of the students who have applied so far. Please know that since we have over 11,000 applicants, this could lead to a large number of questions, so please be patient with me as I respond. So here is your chance, parents. What questions do you have that you are dying to ask? If possible, please do not post as Anonymous (just make up a name so you can see my reply specifically to your question), ask whatever questions you would like through the comment option, and I will try to respond as quickly as possible. Fire Away!

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This One Is For The Parents!

  David Graves      October 5th, 2009

Dear Parents: We know that this is a tough time for you, as colleges seem to focus most of their attention on your child, while leaving you a little bit out of the conversation. The dynamic has shifted, and instead hearing “Oh, you must be Richard and Sharon’s son!”, it is now “Oh, you must be Jeffrey’s parents!” (Yes, these are real names of a great student and his family last week, and I hope you don’t mind Jeffrey). Colleges have a tough balancing act, where we want to work with the student/applicant and get an understanding about their level of responsibility, yet still work with the parents, as you play a major part in the college process. Yes, through all the stories about Helicopter Parents and “Meet the Parents” images, the truth is, colleges value their interaction with an applicant’s parents (and not just because you pay the bills!). Many colleges will have special mailings, send out targeted emails, or have special programs or break out sessions during programs for parents. We really do want to connect with you! So here is your chance, parents. What questions do you have that you are dying to ask? You can post as Anonymous, ask whatever questions you would like through the comment option, and I will try to respond as quickly as possible. Fire Away!

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