Whether you’ve just started high school (class of 23) wondering about the classes you’ve selected (don’t have a favorite yet?!) or how to more effectively manage your time– or perhaps you’re a junior (21) thinking about where you’ll be spending your summer or the value of campus visits this spring– many of these issues are discussed in depth with my clients when we create and build your EDUCATIONAL and COLLEGE ADMISSIONS PLAN! Let’s chat! Please schedule an appointment — click to connect with College Advisor Bonnie Rabin, PhD – Professor Emeritus & Cornell Alumni Rep.
What’s Included in YOUR COLLEGE PLAN and HOW DOES THAT CONNECT TO WHAT ADMISSIONS OFFICERS CONSIDER when Evaluating your college applications?
A Strategic Educational and College Admissions Plan Includes:
- A Challenging “synergistic” high school curriculum (CLICK TO View: AP, IB, AICE, Dual-Enrolled??) —
The single most important factor in evaluating our college application are the courses you’ve selected and your GPA.
- Sustained, directed and meaningful extracurricular activities both within and outside of school (Involvement driven by genuine interest)– These help students define a clear path- ideally leveraging core interests and competencies CLICK TO VIEW: WHO ARE YOU?
- Student directed research to explore a variety of emerging academic and career interests
(Customized academic/career discovery exercises focused on your strengths!) I emphasize the importance of finding your major before you focus on finding the college.
- Time management solutions-Your goal isn’t simply to gain a college acceptance– but more importantly, arriving on campus with the toolkit for success- this includes proper pre-requisites in coursework and also having honed an approach to joy, stress-reduction and time management (Parents- you’re too busy to argue with your emerging adult about homework and I’m sure we appreciate the importance of “letting go” ASAP as we want to empower rather than enable students to assume responsibility for outcomes!)
- Setting goals for target colleges, majors and scholarships (Overlapping interests?) When you plan early- you can determine goals and build a balanced list of reach, match and safety colleges- many of which will offer scholarships based on your profile. It’s insufficient and naive to assume that a 4.0 is landing you a space at an IVY.
- Affordable college choices – FAFSA, CSS Profile, Merit-based aid??!
After universities select a huge pool of applicants that have the desired academic credentials, that is when the differences among students begin to matter. That’s what brings us back to the content of the first half of this blog. Admissions officers look to find the “real you” evidenced in your essays, your listing of extracurricular accomplishments, your recommendations and perhaps even your interview.You cannot present someone you’re not, and most important-the someone you are-that someone has been shaped well before high school.
Above all – high school should be joyful -not stressful. With proper college planning, you’ll be smiling during College Application time during your senior year – yes, a healthy amount of angst about the process is expected- -but there won’t be any confusion over:
where to apply,
what to study,
what to write about in your college essay or
how to start and complete that process — ensuring a seamless and successful transition into your undergraduate experience. LET’S CHAT!