Author Archives: Colleen

The Final Countdown

In less than one month I will be in Britain! Unbelievable. Preparations continue and soon I will be as ready as I will  ever be to embark on my great adventure.  For all intents and purposes, I am done with the London reading list! After reading all of the novels and prose selections, I finally […]

Something Serious, Cookie Construction, and Teapots Full of Daisies

Before I get to those teapots full of daisies, I would like to issue a quick public service announcement, so please bear with me because this is a public service announcement about listening to public service announcements. It isn’t often that northeast Ohio is the topic of national and international headlines, but this summer has […]

Independence Day and a Reading List Update

Happy Independence Day! God bless America, we have so much to be grateful for! The fact that I am about to leave amber waves of grain and purple mountains majesty behind, for a while at least, continues to solidify from a fanciful notion into a concrete reality, which of course bears up some curious thoughts […]

Overseas Study: the preparation checklist

In childhood, I saw the world without even leaving my little hometown in the heart of Ohio. My mom’s work with international students and delegates visiting our area surrounded me with exchange students and Fulbright scholars who had packed their suitcases to the point of bursting and left home to enrich their educations with an […]

A Summer Summary

The number of days and pages separating London and me continues to shrink, and my excitement just keeps growing! After finishing The Old Curiosity Shop, I read four stories from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, and Mrs. Dalloway, and all of them were wonderful in their own ways. Somehow, the same […]

Application Essay Composition Guide: Part III

(In order to keep things bite-sized, this application essay composition guide will be in three parts! This is part three.) After you have gained an understanding of the function of the application essay (see part I) and considered how you should or shouldn’t approach the prompt and topic selection (see part II), you are ready […]

London Calling: Planning the Trip!

First of all, a quick update on my progress on the London reading list. So far, I have read the pieces from Samuel Pepys’ diary, The Old Curiosity Shop, and three and a half of my four Sherlock Holmes stories. The Old Curiosity Shop was excellent, of course. The London of Little Nell and Mr. […]

Application Essay Composition Guide: Part II

(In order to keep things bite-sized, this application essay composition guide will be in three parts! This is part two.) If you are steeling your nerves to face your first college applications, you must be wondering what you are going to do about those essays or “personal statements.” I know I tore up many a […]

Application Essay Composition Guide: Part I

(In order to keep things bite-sized, this application essay composition guide will be in three parts! This is part one.) Firstly, let us indulge in some debunking. There are couple of common misconceptions about the purpose of the college application essay: some students believe the essay is meant to be a complete biography while others […]

There and Back Again: A Freshman’s Tale

After coming home from college, it often feels as if the whole year was a wondrous dream of quaint colonial vignettes and the never ceasing turning of pages assigned by the most knowledgeable of professors, quirky enough for any mad tea party. This past year certainly stole away faster than any I have known so […]