It’s hard to accept- but Labor Day is within sight — signaling the end of summer break and the excitement of a new school year! Some students are already back at school. For our Seniors ’23– the College Application clock is ticking more loudly. If you haven’t yet started your college applications and essays or finalized your balanced college list– — all of these tasks should become a priority. Stress free and Strategic College Admissions Planning:
Common App 2023-24 and College Admissions — Back -to-School
What motivates your student? Successful students are intrinsically motivated!
What positive and welcomed
Success begins with a student-led Strategic Educational & College Admissions Plan with actionable items!
- 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??!
Customized Learning Solutions:Review any concerns from the previous academic year and create solutions:
1) learning strategies and study habits for difficult or time consuming classes, Please don’t fall into the “tutor” trap.
2) External resources for added support,
3) test-taking skills and preparation,
4) time management techniques, and
5) reducing potential stress from being overextended!
For example, earning a “4.0” GPA on 5 hours of sleep a night is not a sustainable (nor healthy) path!Likewise, paying for a math tutor multiple times a week should remind you of the parable about giving someone a fish or a fishing rod !
Let me help your student create long lasting strategies.
- High School Curriculum Map: As an educational consultant with thirty years of university experience, I provide valuable pre-college advising to ensure:
1) a seamless transition between high school classes and your anticipated undergraduate major, and
2) success in the college application process.*** Foundation courses in high school are important to subsequent undergraduate studies. Understanding the potential impact of taking AP Lang or getting off the “calc-path” to your undergraduate path is essential.
Your transcript matters most! The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) annual State of College Admissions report confirms that universities continue to indicate that the high school transcript (your curriculum and GPA) is the single most important factor in the college admissions process.
College Admissions Planning & Financial Aid What Do College Admissions Reps Consider?
- What’s Your Unique “Story”?!
Participate in activities that truly bring you enjoyment and provide opportunities for leadership, growth and potential exploration of personal or academic interests (i.e.FIRST ROBOTICS or DECA) but not at the expense of your GPA and peace of mind. NEED IDEAS??!!!
500 or 100 hours of Community Service? Admissions staff look for sustained and heartfelt commitments to 1 to 2 organizations. Multiple hours spread across several one-time efforts will not add value to an application. But more important, such efforts don’t help young adult develop meaningful connections within the community.
Parents– Consider volunteering alongside your emerging young adults in shared initiatives – how can we serve those in need within our communities?
- College Visits: The upcoming year is an important one for exploring 3900+ potential colleges in the US!.
LEARN MORE: COLLEGE VISITS
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!
Whether your student is STEM, business, liberal arts focused or a “creative” (music, art, drama & even journalism)– I’m confident I can introduce you to majors you haven’t yet considered to further inspire academic re-direction and increasing chances of admission!
SENIORS– If you haven’t decided where you’ll apply, let me suggest some campuses that have overnight programs – most free of charge and some cover your travel expenses.
FLORIDA PRE PAID TUITION or other State PRE-PAY plans? I’m positive I can also make suggestions for affordable private colleges that “fit” your student academically and socially.
- Standardized Test Taking: Your strategic plan should include these exams and also include a schedule of regular and ongoing weekly preparation for your:a) SAT or ACT
b) SAT II subject tests and
c) Advanced Placement (AP), AICE & IB exams.Have you explored my three most recent detailed notes on exams:At the moment- — Most schools are TEST OPTIONAL – Click to Read My Recent BlogCOLLEGE ADMISSIONS PLANNING TIPS: TESTING – SAT ACT SUBJECT TESTS AP – WHAT’S REQUIRED
COLLEGE ADMISSIONS SAT vs ACT PART IICOLLEGE ADMISSSION SAT vs ACT PART I
- Summer 2024 Planning:
IT’S ACTUALLY NOT TO EARLY TO START EXPLORING YOUR OPTIONS! A meaningful post-junior year summer activity increases the likelihood of acceptance at many colleges. Aside from working on your college application, the summer is an opportunity to work for pay, to volunteer, to work on a performance interview (arts/music) or attend a competitive summer program at a university.
Attending a summer college program is an excellent way to demonstrate “informed interest” in the college admissions process. You may even garner a recommendation from a professor for use in your college application. Financial assistance is available.
Do you know what exams are required? Do you know when to prepare and when to best take your exams (SAT, ACT, IB, AP, AICE)?
SENIORS- ARE YOU READY FOR COLLEGE APPLICATION SEASON AND WRITING YOUR COLLEGE ESSAYS – Common App 2023-24
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