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Greetings Students and Families

In this note, I continue to discuss the Top Mistakes to Avoid in College Admissions. Keep in mind, students need to have set college planning and educational goals- there are no mistakes nor success if unique yardsticks of accountability aren’t defined.

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# 6 THE DETAILS! Summer ? Collegiate Programs?
 Don’t pay to attend non-collegiate or travel summer programs run by “franchise” operations or those that send you glossy selective invitations. These programs are frowned upon by admissions officers. Let me help identify “spam-scam” activities.
I’ll provide the information you need to select an appropriate program that enriches both your education and enhances your chances of admission.

In a separate blog I will discuss the advantages of attending collegiate summer programs. The most selective programs have an application timeline that is December to February. Many programs may appear quite costly-and that’s indeed true- but financial assistance is available and the need for assistance will not impact the admissions decision. There are also many cost-free programs for targeted students- e.g. STEM women!

I have many former students who attended and excelled at credit-bearing summer programs and the grades earned overshadowed their high school GPA leading to acceptances at colleges including CMU, Cornell, Boston, NYU, UMich, Brown, University of Florida and more
# 7 FINANCIAL AID ELIGIBILITY
Many families make the mistake of concluding they aren’t eligible for financial aid and/or don’t bother to work with a professional to help understand and appeal financial aid award letters. My clients have been successful appealing their financial aid award.  

MISTAKE TO AVOID: The Florida Pre-Pay trap: Don’t limit yourself to in-state public institutions because you participated in Florida Prepay. Your financial circumstances may actually favor out-of-state private college attendance.  You’ll learn more about financial aid basics during your initial consultation.
 Universities want to attract you to attend by offering lucrative merit scholarships.  Based on your academic and extracurricular record– there is quite a bit of merit based assistance for students. Set goals, plan early- starting the college exploration process as early as 8th grade.
CLICK TO VIEW my recent exhaustively detailed newsletter about all things Financial Aid & Scholarship related.
# 8 DON’T APPLY TO COLLEGES YOU DON’T WANT TO ATTEND: FOLLOW the CROWD?
Applying to colleges you really don’t want to attend is a serious way to experience major disappointment. Every year I hear from families asking how to get off wait lists. One family I recall a few years ago had contacted me disappointed about having to attend UF or Cornell after being rejected from two other Ivy League colleges! The student has in fact thrived at the school she is now attending.  If by chance things don’t work out, transferring at the end of the first or even second year is an acceptable option. (Another reason to avoid Senioritis – as high school transcripts are relevant in transfer admissions for undergraduates with fewer than 60 credits.)

This is another example of herd mentality. Following friends isn’t recommended. Do the research on a college and the major that are the best fit for you academically and socially.  Try to avoid becoming obsessed with one college. At 18 years old all paths should remain open!
If you’re a Junior ’22 now is the time to be actively engaged in research on the variety of college majors. We want to have your balanced short – list of colleges in place by the time we reach June – and hopefully you’ll be joining me at my June Writers Block Workshop.
Click to View: COLLEGE ADMISSIONS PLANNING- FINDING YOUR PERFECT FIT- HOW TO ASSESS COLLEGES & MAJORS
# 9 HONESTY IS STILL THE BEST POLICY  
I share with you two actual stories. There are many more –and I must stress that anxiety over college admissions is never ever ever a reason to ignore your moral compass!
First, a former client arrived at our initial essay brain-storming session with a polished essay way beyond her writing abilities. She confessed that her mom was nervous about her ability to actually write an essay and had asked a professional writer and personal friend to generate the essay.Plagiarism is completely unacceptable!! 
Another student shared with me that her friend’s college counselor suggested enhancing her resume to include unverifiable volunteer activities such as beach clean-up, Sunday school teaching and working at Habitat for Humanity. I was speechless.
Fabricating or exaggerating your resume, college or scholarship application is not only grounds for an admissions retraction; it’s simply immoral and not the way to begin your professional career. 
If by chance I haven’t persuaded you and you think everyone “enhances” their activities resume, let me remind you of the old adage “we live in a small world”. You will get caught. An admissions officer or alumni interviewer may serve on the Board at the organization you’ve embellished and you will be speechless when you don’t recognize names being noted in your alumni interview.
# 10 SAT, ACT, SUBJECT TESTS and TEST PREPARATION SERVICES    
I’m sure you set aside one of my earlier newsletters that contained absolutely EVERYTHING you need to know about standardized testing and college admissions. Here’s the link to my recent newsletter.
Ensure your high school curriculum is lined up to prepare you to manage the necessary SAT II subject tests required at the most competitive institutions. Ask me which tests are reviewed favorably during the admissions process for specific majors. There is considerable variation across colleges and even within colleges by majors.
Let’s create your plan for test preparation and test taking- there are more exams than you may be aware of at the moment – and colleges that de-emphasize standardized tests.
Avoid redundant test preparation-hand holding isn’t for everyone. If you must have help preparing for your SAT/ACT, ask your tutor if they will be providing you customized or off-the-rack resources. I have a list of recommended tutors that have worked with several clients. Self-study isn’t for everyone, but it is highly recommended. There are several excellent self-paced online standardized test preparation services at a fraction of the cost of pricey local vendors. The best part-self-directed and motivated young adults excel in college! What an opportunity!  

Best wishes for an absolutely meaningful and enriching balance of our school year and a Happy & HEALTHY Holiday Season.  

Bonnie  


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