Author - Joe Latimer

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On Reading College Essays
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A Backspin to Forever Remember
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Reflections on My Pre-College Program Course and Students
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Imagining and Managing Your Future
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Lose Yourself
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About Me
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Making High School Meaningful: Part Seven
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Making High School Meaningful: Part Five
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Making High School Meaningful: Part Four
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Making High School Meaningful: Part Three

On Reading College Essays

When I give presentations on the process of applying to college and specifically on the process of writing a personal statement, I encourage students to write with emotion. It's my personal belief that writing with emotion means the author of the college essay is writing on a topic that has significance for him/her. And a topic with[…]

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A Backspin to Forever Remember

Prior to entering Bronx Science for my annual presentation to the senior class on PSAT day, I have this routine. And the routine begins as soon as I walk out the same venue the year prior. I ask myself, "What can I do differently? How can I continue to keep their attention for an hour[…]

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Reflections on My Pre-College Program Course and Students

This summer, I taught fourteen high school students. My course lasted two weeks, and we spent 8:30-11:30 a.m. together in the classroom. I had a variety of students. One young woman from Seattle, WA, was a rising high school freshman. I also had older students who were from New York City, Chicago, the suburbs of[…]

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Imagining and Managing Your Future

This July will be my third year teaching "Imagining and Managing Your Future." I am very excited to be once again in the classroom for two weeks with high school students from across the country. I am fortunate to have had a very enthusiastic and diverse group of students who are excited to be on our beautiful college[…]

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Lose Yourself

Eminem's lyrics to "Lose Yourself," particularly the beginning, are on my mind a great deal. "Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity, to seize everything you ever wanted, in one moment, would you capture it or just let it slip? Yo. His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy . . . "[…]

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About Me

My name is Joe Latimer, and I am the Assistant Dean of Diversity and Outreach here at the University. I currently have twenty-two years of college admissions experience, spanning a midsized public university in southeastern Massachusetts, a private university with a cooperative education program in Boston, a small liberal arts college in central New York, and now[…]

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Making High School Meaningful: Part Seven

If obstacles are presented to you in high school, you need to overcome them. Admissions officers are human. We are empathetic and compassionate. And more importantly, we were once teenagers ourselves. Between the ages of 14 and 17, life is going to present you with challenges, challenges that are beyond your control at times—your parents[…]

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Making High School Meaningful: Part Five

It’s okay to enter college undecided. Some of you know what you’re going to be when you grow up, and some of you have no idea. Some of you who think you know will change your mind. Most of my friends in college changed their minds, as have many current college students I know. College[…]

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Making High School Meaningful: Part Four

Leadership is more important than membership. This is related to the previous topic. When students apply to colleges and universities, we see their activities sheet—their résumé. There is also a section on the Common Application where students list their extracurricular involvement. Students attempt to demonstrate their engagement in their school and home community, as well[…]

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Making High School Meaningful: Part Three

Find your cocurricular passions. Do the things that are important to you, not the things you think are important to an admissions office. At times I am asked, “Do you think this particular experience will be helpful for me to get into your university?” This question points to a student who is thinking through an[…]

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