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Independence Blues

Updated: Aug 6, 2022

As Jamaica glides between Emancipation Day and Independence Day, many of us wonder what really did Emancipation and Independence bring us?

It seems we appear no better off as doomsayers predict. Crime is high and insensitive. The country is not providing good services, education is in a tailspin, the environment is suffering, we wonder just how fast we can move from Third to First World status?

The good news is that we have a cohort of students going out into the world to experience an international education. We pray they will think global and act local. That they will network to help transfer resources to help pull their Caribbean nations out of its mire.

The Caribbean has hope. We look to Mia Mottley In Barbados who has seemingly become the Caribbean’s voice. We are proud of her. Maybe, it is time to let women rule. Ergo, New Zealand!

Let us use Independence to grow, reflect and forge a stronger path forward.



We know that many of you work with students who have been waiting eagerly for the college application season to begin. We wanted to let you know we sent the following email to them today.

We look forward to working with you this year! Go Blue!

Michigan Admissions Team


Your journey as a Wolverine begins today!

The 2022-23 University of Michigan online application is now available, and we are here to help you along the way.

As a prospective student, you can submit the Common Application. When submitting your application, remember to include your answers to the University of Michigan Questions along with your application fee or fee waiver request.

We can't wait to learn more about you!

Application Notes for 2022-23

For the 2022-23 application cycle, please note the following:

  • Our Early Action deadline is Nov. 1.

  • If your classes were moved to pass/fail or credit/no credit, you will not be disadvantaged.

  • If you have not taken the SAT or ACT, we will consider your application without scores.

  • Prospective students will have the opportunity to indicate their request to be considered for advance selection into the computer science major on the Common Application after choosing either the College of Engineering or the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts as their home college.

Visit our Application Changes page to learn more.Suggested Financial Aid Filing Date is Dec. 15

Now is a great time to start gathering the materials you'll need to complete the FAFSA and CSS Profile. You can submit your financial aid application before you are admitted – the earlier you submit your materials, the better.

Applicants who file their financial aid application by the Suggested Filing Date of Dec. 15, and are admitted, will receive a preliminary financial aid package sooner.

Learn More

Please visit our website for more information regarding deadlines, guidelines, and tips. You can also register for an in-person campus tour and info session on our Visit Campus page, or take a virtual tour of campus, attend online events, and more on our Virtual Resources page.

Go Blue!


Dear Colleagues,

The 2022-23 Penn application is live, and we’re excited to share a new update with you. This year, the Penn Admissions team has reflected on the importance of gratitude and how expressing and receiving appreciation helps us shine a light on the individuals who make our lives brighter. In this spirit, we have added a new prompt to the Penn supplement that asks applicants to:

Write a short thank-you note to someone you have not yet thanked and would like to acknowledge.

We encourage you to read Dean Soule's blog to learn more about the motivation behind this change. And below, a moment of gratitude from Dean Soule for the role that you play in your students' success.

We hope that this point of reflection allows for a new way to honor the communities and people who support our applicants. Thank you for being a light in your students' lives.

Wishing you a safe and happy start to the school year.

With gratitude,

Penn Admissions


Dear Colleague, Our application for the fall 2023 academic year is open and I invite your students to apply to Reed! Here are a few things about Reed’s application process that I hope you’ll share with your students:

  • Reed is test blind. When your students apply, they will not be required to submit their ACT or SAT scores. If they submit a test score, we will not use it to make an admission decision.

  • Reed does not charge an application fee, which means there is no cost to apply.

If you have any questions about the application process or Reed in general, I encourage you to reach out to me at I look forward to getting to know your students very soon. Best, Milyon Trulove Vice President and Dean of Admission & Financial Aid

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