As we complete another academic year – I’ve offered my Congratulations to all middle and high school students in my last blog posting for having successfully completed the most unpredictable challenge. You pivoted without warning and moved online — as your extracurricular experiences were paused abruptly and as your classes went online- you adapted! Nearly all of the roads to your educational goals were a detour – filled with bumps. I don’t write the metaphor lightly- you should be amazed at what you managed to accomplished at this young age. Teens face many challenges navigating their academic and personal lives and in our current situation – you found the grace and strength to do so in the middle of a pandemic where you were thrust into a social distancing experiment. While no one knows how we are going to ease back into the next school year- we do know that you will continue to learn, you will graduate high school and you will begin college — all of this a part of your journey to realize your academic, career and personal goals.
At the end of another academic year, it’s actually a new beginning. It’s a time to reassess what you’ve learned, who you are becoming and where you will leverage your interests and strengths to solve a problem of interest that allows you to connect with and have a meaningful impact on your community. Let’s talk about all that.
Whether you’re a senior just beginning to work on your college applications or a new or continuing high school student- what courses should you take, what books should you be reading – what can you do outside the classroom to discover and explore – learning more about yourself as you navigate your path ahead? Early college planning will allow you to Discover and Explore.
I look forward to meeting you at your Year-End College Admissions Planning Assessment soon.
Whether you live in NYC or Boca Raton, Florida or the Front Range near Boulder, Co, it’s time to evaluate the previous academic year- and think about how to recharge all summer. By now you have certainly made summer plans -and if not, please reach out to explore some options. This is the perfect time for a check-up – Planning Courses, Confirming Summer Opportunities, Confirming Testing Schedules, Planning College Campus Visits, and Truly energizing and giving thought to the types of majors and colleges that are a fit “Fit” – Speak with College Advisor Bonnie R. Rabin, PhD –
Educational & College Admissions Planing ! It’s never too early. Way back in August you likely set goals- some personal, some academic and undoubtedly you began the year filled with anticipation and excitment.
Are you still On Target? Joyful? Motivated? Confident?
Your Educational and College Admissions Plan is much more than a set of relevant and manageable courses.
A plan must also balance academic experiences with meaningful student selected extracurricular activities leading to confident, mature, self-directed and grounded young adults.
EXPLORE YOUR PASSION – FIND YOUR NICHE THROUGH READING!!! Increase your chances of college admissions success.
The best way to do so is through reading and subsequent hands-on experiences.
When I was in high school and away at college, my father mailed me newspaper clippings related to my field of study (yes, pre-internet 1980s). These were always thought provoking and appreciated. Today, it’s really easy for parents and teachers to share articles of interest with young adults. My clients can tell you about some of the pieces I’ve shared via text of a piece I’ve come across that I know will be well received.
I encourage all my clients to bookmark and follow 1 to 3 weekly/daily sources that can keep them up-to-speed on the latest developments in their current and emerging interests. There’s so much taking place outside of school assignments and 5 to 10 minutes a day to read the latests on sports management, fashion business, artifical intelligence, social justice, the latests virus and more can inspire students who have can begin to see high school as less motivational and relevant to their longer term interests.
If a student has an emerging interest in business, economics or finance, learn more about the field and its core concepts through readings such as The Economist or Forbes. Extracurricular pursuits might include assuming a treasurer role in a club.
Students interested in medicine or the sciences broadly defined might read Popular Science or Discover and perhaps try the monthly experiments at home. The Center for Disease Control and the FDA also have really informative pieces that are easy to digest.
Students interested in the arts or writing, or history should explore a variety of literary magazines and essay competitions. By reading, not only will learn more about potential areas of interest but you will become a better writer. Observe vocabulary, write styles, sentence construction and how writers convey a message.
TIP: INCREASE CHANCES OF ACCEPTANCE: Universities including Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, Wake Forest and Columbia to name a few are examples of colleges asking about readings outside of class on the college application. It’s fine to explore works of fiction and non-fiction alike. If you’re bilingual, you might consider reading literature written in another language!
Students: There’s so much to learn and I hope sustain the energy and extracurricular activities that will continue to ignite your intellectual passion. High school is your opportunity to develop a life-long love of learning, solid time management skills, connect with others within your community and become comfortable within your own skin when outside your perceived comfort zone.
There’s no place like home. Where is your academic home?! That is your path to success!
What are your student’s
academic and social goals this year?
What motivates your student? Successful students are intrinsically motivated!
Success begins with a student-led Strategic Educational & College Admissions Plan with actionable items!
A Strategic Educational Plan Includes:
A Challenging “synergistic” high school curriculum (AP, IB, AICE, Dual-Enrolled??)
Sustained, directed and meaningful extracurricular activities
both within and outside of school (Involvement driven by genuine interest)
Student directed research to explore a variety of emerging academic and career interests
(Customized academic/career discovery exercises focused on your strengths!)
Time management solutions
(Parents- you’re too busy to argue with your emerging adult about homework!)
Setting goals for target colleges, majors and scholarships (Overlapping interests?)
Affordable college choices – FAFSA, CSS Profile, Merit-based aid??! (Yes, you can afford college!)
Motivated, Self-Directed & Confident Young Adults Ready to Succeed!
College Research- Quick Start – Finding Your Niche!
Especially for Snior:
There are 3900+ potential colleges in the US!.
Juniors should begin the process of exploring major areas of interest. Leverage my university experience and knowledge of a variety of majors. Let’s explore together!
Look for synergies between your high school curriculum, your strengths and potential undergraduate majors of interest!
I invite you to contact me with any questions about decisions you’re facing about your courses, extracurricular activities, learning accommodations or the entirety of your college application process.
Have an awesome day!
Bonnie R. Rabin, Ph.D.
Educational and College Admissions Consultant
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Bonnie R. Rabin, Ph.D. is the founder and principal educational consultant of College Career Consulting, LLC. She has over 30 years of experience as a university faculty member and shares her knowledge, professional resources and support with students who are ready to advance their lifelong educational and career journeys.