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We should all apply to college (again)

27 Dec

This holiday season, the sound of keys being pressed is incessant, never-ending you might think. As a practicing attorney, even when I’m home I have research that I’m doing or various legal documents that I am writing. However, the around the clock noise really comes from my brother, who is seventeen and applying to college.

Applying to college after you’ve already been is infinitely less stressful than when you’re doing it the first time around. However, the questions are certainly tougher. Or maybe they only seem tougher. Over the past few weeks as I’ve helped my brother decide how to go about answering these questions, I’ve been given the unique opportunity to reflect. I won’t take you down memory lane but I will tell you that the questions colleges are asking are the same ones you should be asking as an entrepreneur. Here’s a few that you might want to consider answering for yourself or for the rest of us who read and write on this blog…

  1. A list of books you have read in the past twelve months.
  2. Please tell us about how you have spent the last two summers
  3. Describe a trait or characteristic that has been passed along to your family. Tell us why you like or dislike this aspect of yourself.
  4. “We might say that we were looking for global schemas, symmetries, universal and unchanging laws-and what we discovered is the mutable, the ephemral, the complex.” Support or challenge Nobel Prize winner Illya Prigogine’s assertion.
  5. Identify and discuss a person who has helped shape culture and thought. You may select someone from any field: literature, the arts, science, politics, history, athletics, business, education, etc.
  6. Reflect on an environmental scene that is important to you, paying close attention to the relation between what you are seeing and why it is meaningful for you.

It struck me that after we stop applying to college(s) , we stop asking these types of questions. Might we also be closeting ourselves from new ways of doing? To put it another way, if you believe in the value of interdisciplinary learning and thought, what disciplines beyond your industry and your business have you spent time thinking about lately?

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