In a recently released school-wide College Counseling Office evaluative student analytics survey, four year senior Andy Middleton reported gaining a remarkable sense of self awareness after completing his college applications. “I just came away from it all feeling like my college application perfectly reflected the full depth of my thoughts, experiences, and emotions,” remarked Middleton.
“I’m so glad Andy is finally discovering what makes him tick as a person,” smiled his counselor. “Colleges will totally love him! As long as he keeps demonstrating interest, that is.”
Middleton emphasized how much of an impact the college process has had on him: “I’m so grateful that I was able to spend the prime of my youth filling out CCO questionnaires,” affirmed the enlightened teenager. “The process saved me from the endless hours I would have otherwise had to spend with friends.”
His parents, too, have seen a remarkable change in the young man. “It’s like he’s a totally different kid. I think understanding all of the different metrics with which admissions officers will reduce his complex humanity into a quantifiable set of characteristics has made him more comfortable about his status amongst his peers,” reflected his mother, Leslie Middleton ‘84, in an exclusive interview with The Gorilla.
Andy’s father, James Middleton, expressed support for his son as he navigates the college process. “I know Andy wants to go somewhere fairly small and suburban, with that really tight-knit college feel. All I can hope is that he follows his heart and chooses the school that’s right for him. As long as that school is Columbia.”
Andy reports that the most challenging section of the application process was answering why he wanted to go to the colleges he did. “They’re all just so unique and interesting . . . It was really hard to recycle material from other essays.”
Middleton’s Personal Statement, which, apparently, is exactly 650 words long, is about his community service trip to Tanzania, in which he used his impressive qualifications as an Andover student to teach English to children in Dar es Salaam.
“It was only after reading my Personal Statement for the first time did I really begin to see who I am as a person.”