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??! (Yes, you can afford college!)
- 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,
2) External resources for added support, 3) test-taking skills and preparation, 4) time management techniques, and 5) reducing potential stress from being overextended!Whether you have an “A” student or a student who struggles, every student should take stock of how smoothly their “processes” work.
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.
- 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. What’s really important is to engage in a community that aligns with your family’s core values.
- 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!
- 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 exams.
- Summer 2018:
IT’S ACTUALLY NOT TOO 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, summer 2018 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 NYLet 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.
Especially for Seniors Get vaccinated for SENIORITIS!
Senioritis is a serious affliction. It can start earlier than you think and it is highly contagious.
- Review and confirm you list of colleges
?Uncertain — schedule an appointment to discuss your academic interests and “affordability”. I can clarify some misconceptions about financial aid and merit scholarships.
- Complete your common/coalition core essay ASAP.
- CLICK HERE to RECEIVE MY GUIDE TO WRITING COLLEGE ESSAYS
- Prepare your activities resume:LEARN MORE: Unique Presentation Matters!
- Approach two teachers ASAP to write recommendations
- Register for any standardized tests you want to retake before December 2017