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**************GREETINGS MIDDLE and HIGH SCHOOL FAMILIES & Best Wishes for a Happy & Healthy 2019!
Over the holiday break I met with many of my students for their scheduled mid-year assessments including a discussion of summer plans.  A few times a year I ask students to work on some written exercises to organize their thoughts on paper about their classes and extracurricular experiences.  Yesterday I met with one of my STEM students — he has emerging interests in Mechanical Engineering, Data Analytics and Applied Mathematics – WOW!  When I asked him to tell me more about the overlap in these fields and his “niche” – he replied:  “Bonnie- ‘niche’ – that’s one of your favorite words….”  I agreed, and I said, indeed, let’s talk about the “niche” – meaning: what are the research questions and practical issues that he’s found most interesting in his review of research underway at colleges on his short list?
Whether it’s a research “niche” or a personal interest– as regular readers of my newsletters know, I emphasize the importance of young adults discovering how passion– perhaps even connecting to an academic strength. Many earlier newsletters provided suggestions about how to engage in EXPLORATION and DISCOVERY!!    
What is your student passionate about?  Now is the time for discovery!    

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.    
Is your student recharged and ready for the second semester?  Take a moment to revisit the conversations shared around the dinner table way back in August  and the excitement for a new academic year. What can parents and educators do to help our young adults sustain their passion for learning the entirety of the school year?

There’s so much more to learn and discover beyond the classroom.
It’s about this time of year, I return to conversations about books being read (for pleasure), how time is being spent, and whether students are exploring outside their comfort zone in formal and informal extracurricular activities.   Big plans in August can drift with the demands of homework – but they shouldn’t.   Parents, teachers and educators share a responsibility to help our young adults find their personal and academic passions.  How is your student doing so?  What new direction has been considered this academic year?  
 If nothing else, here are three simple suggestions to encourage exploration and ignite a passion of discovery:
1) Subscribe to a periodical:  
STEM students in your household? Consider: Discover, Scientific American or Popular Science BUSINESS Interest? Consider:  Business Week, Forbes, The Economist 

2) Shift the conversation. Instead of “how was school today?”, share stories about your work.  What did you accomplish today? What did you learn about yourself? How did you help customers, patients, clients, etc. solve a problem?   

Show your enthusiasm and passion for what you do at work or at home or within your community.  The goals of “Bring your Child to Work Day” can be accomplished at the dinner table or in the car ride home from soccer practice.   

3) Watch TedTalks together- there are several thousand on a vast variety of topics!
I know you’re all busy settling back-into the pattern of homework and activities after the wonderful winter break.   This is an ideal time to revisit objectives and reassess  your Educational and College Admissions Goals.
Students: continue to focus on re-energizing and sustaining 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 andbecome comfortable within your own skin when outside your perceived comfort zone.  
Best wishes for a healthy and successful 2019!Bonnie R. Rabin, PhD561.509.0021
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!
What positive and welcomedsteps can parents take to help students remain motivated towards goals?
Success begins with a student-led Strategic Educational  & College Admissions Plan with actionable items!
It’s not too early  to set goals, build solid time management and learning strategies and discover a hidden academic strength. I invite you to learn more about my role in helping to build your student’s plan!

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!)RESULTS:  Motivated, Self-Directed & Confident Young Adults Ready to Succeed!College Research- Quick Start – Finding Your Niche! Especially for Juniors:
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!

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!
Summer 2019: 
IT’S ACTUALLY NOT TOO EARLY TO START EXPLORING YOUR OPTIONS!   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. 
Visiting Cornell Summer College Students – Ithaca NY

Let me help you to identify a summer college program that “fits” your needs and to help with your summer program application (typically due January to March.)
Review my earlier Newsletter on the merits of summer programs.  Many are free of cost.  I also work with students to customize a supervised stay-at-home program.
Meet Bonnie R . Rabin, PhD

Professor Emeritus

Cornell University Florida Alumni Rep.

Educational & College Admissions Consultant

30+ Years Experience

College Admissions  & 
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