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Young talks about admission recommendations … and parents

John Young, director of admissions, was featured in a story published in the Sunday, March 16 edition of the Sun Journal of Lewiston, Maine.

Young talked about the parent essay, a part of the admissions process at some colleges and universities, when a mother or father writes about their son or daughter seeking admission to college. The essay is traditionally optional, and offers admissions officers and committees a view of the potential student that other recommendations may not offer.

The elective parental recommendation “acknowledges in some way the unique perspective that parents have,” Young said.

Young graduated from Colgate University with a bachelor's degree in history, and held admissions positions at Colgate and Skidmore College before joining the HWS staff in 2005. He was a recent guest on The Lisa Birnbach Show on Greenstone Media, discussing early admissions, SAT Optional, the Common Application and the admissions interview.

In November, as part of the Colleges' Geneva Partnership, he helped implement a three-part Life Skills College Program. That program, offered jointly by the Geneva African American Men's Association, officials from the Geneva City School District and Assemblyman Brian Kolb of Canandaigua, was an effort to alleviate some of the anxiety caused by the college application process.

The story was distributed last week by Newhouse News Service, which provides editorial, graphic and photographic content to 26 daily newspapers in the Newhouse chain and other newspapers by contract.

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The story and reactions to it have also drawn attention from readers of the Chronicle of Higher Education. Read what they had to say here.