Friday, July 9, 2010

Hard Work

As you might have guessed, I am a big fan of fables, and the following one applies directly to the idea of students challenging themselves and working hard.

Aesop's Fable, "The Ant and the Grasshopper"

Once there lived an ant and a grasshopper in a grassy meadow. 

All day long the ant would work hard, collecting grains of wheat from the farmer's field far away. She would hurry to the field every morning, as soon as it was light enough to see by, and toil back with a heavy grain of wheat balanced on her head. She would put the grain of wheat carefully away in her larder, and then hurry back to the field for another one. All day long she would work, without stop or rest, scurrying back and forth from the field, collecting the grains of wheat and storing them carefully in her larder.
The grasshopper would look at her and laugh. 'Why do you work so hard, dear ant?' he would say. 'Come, rest awhile, listen to my song. Summer is here, the days are long and bright. Why waste the sunshine in labour and toil?' 

The ant would ignore him, and head bent, would just hurry to the field a little faster. This would make the grasshopper laugh even louder. 'What a silly little ant you are!' he would call after her. 'Come, come and dance with me! Forget about work! Enjoy the summer! Live a little!' And the grasshopper would hop away across the meadow, singing and dancing merrily. 

Summer faded into autumn, and autumn turned into winter. The sun was hardly seen, and the days were short and grey, the nights long and dark. It became freezing cold, and snow began to fall. 

The grasshopper didn't feel like singing any more. He was cold and hungry. He had nowhere to shelter from the snow, and nothing to eat. The meadow and the farmer's field were covered in snow, and there was no food to be had. 'Oh what shall I do? Where shall I go?' wailed the grasshopper. Suddenly he remembered the ant. 'Ah - I shall go to the ant and ask her for food and shelter!' declared the grasshopper, perking up. So off he went to the ant's house and knocked at her door. 'Hello ant!' he cried cheerfully. 'Here I am, to sing for you, as I warm myself by your fire, while you get me some food from that larder of yours!'
The ant looked at the grasshopper and said, 'All summer long I worked hard while you made fun of me, and sang and danced. You should have thought of winter then! Find somewhere else to sing, grasshopper! There is no warmth or food for you here!' And the ant shut the door in the grasshopper's face. 

It is wise to worry about tomorrow today. 

When UGA talks about working hard in the classroom and a challenging yourself in the courses you take, we are repeating the same idea that has been told for years and years.  If you are planning on attending UGA, put forth the effort to make it a reality! I know that challenging yourself with Honors classes, taking dual enrollment or AP/IB courses, and working on research papers are not always fun, but if it prepares you for the future, then it is worth it! Don't get caught at the beginning of senior year looking back at three years of just getting by, and wondering if the doors to UGA are going to close in your face.


Prepare for your future now, and remember, Go Dawgs!

41 comments:

  1. Is there still an option for transfer students to meet with someone on Fridays? I remember someone telling me that but I forget. Also, what should I bring?

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  2. When applying to UGA as a transfer student, would it improve my chances by selecting "undecided" for my major?

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  3. Blair: Yes, you can attend the transfer information sessions on Fridays, and you would sign up by going to https://www.externalaffairs.uga.edu/visit/. You might want to bring a copy of your transcript.

    Anon: Applying unspecified would have no bearing on the transfer admission decision.

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  4. I will be entering my senior year, and up to this point, have had advanced classes, a couple of honors, and one AP in challenging core classes. I am taking three more AP classes my senior year. Will these classes be counted in my UGA admissions review?

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  5. Anon: An applicant's work from the start of 9th grade through graduation in 12th grade is looked at during a review of the application.

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  6. This is kind of off topic, but generally about how many credit hours can someone take in Maymester? About how many in the summer?

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  7. Anon: Generally, a student would take maybe 1 or 2 classes (3-6 hours) in a Maymester (depending upon the if it is a study abroad or in Athens), and in the summer, the max would probably be 9-12 hours, but with most students taking 6 or so hours.

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  8. We are bringing our daughter to visit UGA later in August from out of state. We have reserved seats in an info. session and are taking a tour of the campus. Do you recommend speaking to an admissions counselor also?

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  9. Anon: Usually (but not always), the person leading the info session will be an admissions counselor, so I would suggest you talk to them after the session if you have any additional questions. It is not necessary to speak with a counselor when you visit, but we do not see it as a negative.

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  10. I heard that once you are accepted into UGA, they delve into your "permanent records" just to see if you had any discipline problems. Is that true?

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  11. I went to tech school before college and included the information on my application, should I send my certificates and transcripts from there as well?

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  12. Cory: No, we do not "delve" into your permanent records, as we hope that each applicant gave us full and honest information when asked the two questions about conduct. We do look at both of the conduct questions seriously, and these do have an impact on admissions. But if a student gives us false information (or tries to hide a conduct issue) and we find out, we have have canceled some student's admission offer and refused to ever look at that student again for admission.

    Terra: If you have attended a college or post-secondary institution before, you need to send us the documentation for this academic work.

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  13. Thank you for answering so quickly. I will get everything sent in as soon as possible.

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  14. Does UGA identify ways each high school classifies its courses. I keep seeing Honors/Gifted or College Prep. However, in my school its College Prep, Advanced, then Honors/AP. Many of my courses are advanced. Will admissions know that in my high school these are more challenging than college prep?

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  15. Anon: One of the items that we ask for in the freshman application process is a counselor evaluation form, which includes questions about the school's curriculum. In addition, we have a large library of digital high school profiles (a form created by the high school to describe the school) which will automatically link up with a student's file based upon the high school information off the application. In this way, we know a great deal about the school.

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  16. Hi,

    I am a hopeful transfer student who applied for spring admission. I've spoken with various admissions counselors and briefed myself over the criteria for admission. I know I fit the requirements, but lately I've been reading articles which suggest UGA may be cutting down on transfer students. Here is one such article:

    http://www.redandblack.com/2010/03/29/as-less-enroll-classes-suffer/

    Do you know if this is true or not? I've been extremely excited to begin a new college experience, but this recent news has put a damper on the future. I was unable to attend an out of state school due to the money, and now I'm afraid I could simply become a budget cut at Georgia.

    Any help? I would greatly appreciate any input. I'm registered for a transfer student meeting to ask about this, even though I've already attended one.

    Thanks!

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  17. Anon: As you can see, this article is from March, and a great deal has occurred since then concerning transfer admission. I do not expect that the Spring 2011 transfer enrollment will be impacted by budget cuts, and I will be posting something shortly about Spring transfer admission.

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  18. Thanks for your response,

    What are the conduct questions like?

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  19. Also,

    Would like to know about in school suspension for minor things such as cell phone use or ringing in class. How would that be handled? My best friend is really worried that these offenses will affect his chances of admission, so he is thinking about quitting all together.

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  20. Cory: The conduct questions ask if the applicant has any misconduct issues at their high school/college, and if they have ever been charged/convicted/pled guilty or nolo contendere to a crime (or have charges now against them).

    I would suggest you look at my post about file reading concerning this area, as well as the comments. Minor issues such as a cell phone ringing in class are not an issue with UGA, but other more serious actions can be.

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  21. If a course is not shown on the transfer equivalency site, does that mean it will not transfer or is there still a possibility it might? I have two humanities and a theater class not listed. Is there a chance those might transfer as electives?

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  22. Anonymous said...
    Can you please tell me if the Counselor form is still required as part of the the 2011 (fall) early decision application? Now that most is done electronically, will this form still be required to be mailed in by the school? Thanx!

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  23. Terra: If a course is not shown on the transfer equiv. site, it means that we have not reviewed it before during our transfer history. It might transfer, and it might not, although my estimate is that humanities and theater classes will transfer in either as specific courses or as elective courses.

    Anon: Yes, the counselor evaluation form is still required for admission (both EA and RD). A majority of these forms come in electronically through the HS counselor portal, as well as a number of electronic teacher recommendations. The online version is great for counselors (as least they say it is), as they only have to complete their school information once, there is no postage issue, and it matches up with the file about 1-2 days after submission of the form.

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  24. I'm a rising sophomore and am enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program at my high school. Between the IB program and Ap classes, which does UGA prefer? At times I find myself struggling in certain classes.

    Would it be better for me to drop out of IB and take Ap/Honors classes in my stronger subjects, and regular classes for the others, or should i stay in IB even though that means risking getting lower grades (Bs/Cs)? How do admissions people feel about students that drop out of the IB Program? Do they look down on that??

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  25. SupaMario123: My best suggestion is for your family to sit down with your HS counselor/IB coordinator and discuss your situation. I would not feel comfortable giving advice on staying in or leaving an IB program, as I do not have the overall insight into the situation that all of you would. UGA treats IB classes and AP classes as the same, but since an IB program is an overall program, it would be looked at in the same light as a student taking a number of AP classes in a broad spectrum of areas.

    All colleges would like to see a student challenge themselves and still do well, and I hope that no matter what, you will still maintain some form of a rigorous schedule.

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  26. okay so heres my situation,i recently applied for admission for spring semester,i clearly stated that i am from Malawi but i've been living in georgia for over a year and 9months now and also that i have a greencard(i also filed that part about tax income etc,my husband who is a US citizen did claim me)and then when verifying they've marked me as a georgia non-resident why? when it clearly says over 12months u r classified as a resident,am so saddened,i cant afford to be paying my tuition as a non-resident when i know and am sure am a georgia resident.Another question i attended my high school in my home country,do i still need the teacher recommendation form? everytime i try to call uga admission they put ,e on hold and the admission counselor is not always around,you are my last hope plese help.

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  27. Anon: Before we can classify a student who is a Permanent Resident (green card holder) as a GA resident for tuition purposes, we must receive a copy of the green card. When you completed the application, I believe that this was stated when you checked the "Permanent Resident" box. Until we receive this document and have time to review it, you will still be classified as a non-resident. We would still need to have all the materials for a freshman applicant, including your high school transcript, a letter from a teacher, and a counselor form.

    Please remember that our counselors are not always available, as they may be working with other students or have other responsibilities. If you leave a message for them, they can then return your call at a later time.

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  28. How many times do you recommend taking standardized tests? I took the SAT's once and ACT's twice because I did better on those. I was thinking of taking thr ACT's one more time in Sept. but my mom thinks I should just be done with them. Between both times, my subscores are all 28-29 in math, rdg.,and English/writing. My composite was the same both times. What do you think? Does admissions see taking a test three times as a negative? Thanks for the info.

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  29. Anon: UGA does not see taking the SAT/ACT exams multiple times as a negative, as we are looking at your strongest scores. As for how many times we recommend taking a standardized test, we do not have a recommendation. That is between the student and the parents, and I try not to get between them.

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  30. I seem to recall reading something about Spring transfer being on a rolling basis, which is not something I understand as well as I should. Is there any rough idea about when admissions will start notifying Spring 2011 transfer students about whether or not they've been accepted?

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  31. How/when do you find out whether or not you have been accepted (as a transfer for Spring 2011)? Will it eventually show up in Application Status Check?

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  32. Kate: I will be giving an update on Spring transfer admission tomorrow (Friday), so look for a new post then.

    Anon: Yes, the status check shows decisions after a decision is made by the Admissions office.

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  33. Oops, there I go jumping the gun. Thanks for your patience!

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  34. On the counselor form, you ask: "Please list the name of the most advanced course(s) available to students in your school in each of the following academic areas"... How are they suppose to answer when the student is taking all college classes at a 4 year college as opposed to an AP class?

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  35. Anon: We ask for the most rigorous courses within the high school only on the form. If a student is taking dual enrollment courses, we will see it on the application, the counselor will let us know about this, and we have a large amount of data about college courses from other institutions. That is how we will know about this information.

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  36. If you got accepted into UGA, and then a few months later you withdrew from one class, would UGA take back admissions from you?

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  37. Anon: I am guessing you are talking about transfer admission, but I am not sure. We will review your updated transcripts (for both freshman and transfers), and if there is a serious problem, we could withdraw the offer of admission. But one W grade would not be a serious factor.

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  38. I go to a highschool in Puerto Rico and my school is new and does not have a CEEB code, I know that I need to send in a highschool evaluation form but I can't seem to find the paper form to print out. Could you please post the link? Also for the teacher recommendation form, Is it just a recommendation letter or are there other things to go along with it? If there are could you please post a link to that as well? Please and thankyous, Crystal

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  39. Crystal: The printable form is at https://www.admissions.uga.edu/document/school_evaluation.pdf for the school evaluation. For the teacher recommendation, a letter from the teacher will suffice, especially from a school that does not have much interaction with UGA and may not know specific details (we receive a large number of teacher recommendations that are just letters, and that is fine with us.)

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  40. Hi, I recently got accepted into UGA for this coming fall semester. Right now, Im' taking three AP classes and one gifted class. I was wondering if drop out of one of the AP classes into another AP class or gifted class, will it affect me losing my acceptance into the university? Thank You, CC.

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  41. Anon: If you are just shifting out of one AP course, it should not have any impact. It is when we see serious schedule changes that we have an issue.

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