Teach for America – For the Early Birdies

Hi seniors! So I haven’t officially outed myself on here as one of this year’s Teach for America coordinators, but I am! Woo! Go team TFA!

Teach for America is program that places recent college grads to teach in low-income public schools to help fight for equity in education and Wesleyan always makes a strong showing in the applicant pool. Some people have been emailing me about the program and how they can begin applying for the 2008 admissions cycle. And those people are AWESOME. And smart. Here’s why:

So a little bit about the program. There are four cycles that you can apply for and obviously, the sooner you get it done, the less you need to worry about later. Actually, applying in the first cycle offers a couple of benefits later applicants won’t have: you’re more likely to get to choose where you go, you’re more likely to move up in the applicant pool and get interviewed (because there are less people applying), and you won’t be as stressed out when all the paperwork comes at you at trickle over the year compared to the deluge that 4th cycle candidates are going to get.

For the first cycle’s deadline is probably going to be September 30. So if you’re interested in applying for Teach for America, I urge you to take some time over the next few weeks (before the chaos of school starts!) and begin checking out the website and finding out more information about building a quality application. If you apply by that date, you’ll find out about your status by mid November.

And, of course, if you have any questions, please, please, please feel free to email me at Hwood@wes. I’d love to hear from you even if you’re only a teeny, teeny bit interested.

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