High Stakes: It’s Been a Wild Ride

High Stakes: It’s Been a Wild Ride

The Artist:   Referring to herself as a “literal mess,” Elizabeth Gaba ’17 spent Friday, March 24 — the day of the USC decision notification — frantically calling and texting her mom. It wasn’t until she received a text saying, ‘Happy now?’ accompanied by a picture of a big white acceptance package that Gaba could […]

Juniors participate in college admissions workshop

Juniors participate in college admissions workshop

Admissions personnel from 46 colleges and universities participated in a college admissions workshop hosted at the Upper School on Thursday evening. The workshop was designed to educate students and parents on the realities of the college admissions process. “The goal of the program is that there are no right answers, and that it’s a very […]

The college process is not a competition

It’s the college race. It starts for most in ninth grade. Sometimes there are faulty starts or changes in direction, hurdles or shortcomings. But nevertheless, it is a race. And much like any other race, it is not often our own performances which we worry so much about — it’s those of our opponents. It’s […]

Facebook Official: Posting College Decisions on Social Media

Facebook Official: Posting College Decisions on Social Media

Dani Mirell ’17 opened the portal to the University of Michigan website hesitantly. She knew she loved the school, but she told herself she would be okay if she didn’t get in. Marlborough student Lily Goldsmith ’17 opened her email inbox and searched for the email from the University of Pennsylvania. She anxiously clicked the […]

Rankings vs Reality

Rankings vs Reality

I know I sound bitter. I am. Before Early Decisions came out, the deans told the senior class what not to say to people during mid-December. No “You’ll totally get in.” No “Oh, it was a reach for you anyway.” No “Did you get rejected?” or anything of the sort. We understood —those comments can […]

Be supportive and happy for others in the college process

Be supportive and happy for others in the college process

Seniors, I think I can speak for all of us when I say that we’re tired. We’ve spent the last three years toiling away at the Upper School. Whether someone is a basketball player who has spent many hours on and off the court improving his or her game, an actor that gives up countless […]

High Stakes: In Suspense

High Stakes: In Suspense

The Brain: Hoping to pursue his studies in the math and sciences, Sean* followed through with his original intention to apply Early Action to The University of Chicago, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the California Institute of Technology. He is specifically intrigued by the unique core curriculum offered at The University of Chicago and said […]

High Stakes: Ticket to Ride

High Stakes: Ticket to Ride

As summer ends, seniors begin to work on their college applications and narrow down their college searches. The Chronicle follows four seniors through their last year of high school. The All-Around: Amanda* is passionate about helping others. Throughout her time at Harvard-Westlake, she has advocated for providing underprivileged students with quality education through her involvement […]

Lola Clark ’17 steps on a bus, ready for a six-hour drive to Clemson University in South Carolina. While many of her peers are spending their spring breaks resting at home or traveling, Clark is preparing to see her 10th college in the past five days as part of a school-run tour. “I went into […]

Filling the Gap

Filling the Gap

Like a growing number of graduating high school seniors, including the president’s daughter Malia Obama, Conor Belfield ’14 took a year off before starting college in 2015. “I felt like I was on a path that was leading me very quickly towards adulthood and everything that entails, which is both very exciting and nerve-wracking at […]

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