Greetings Students & Families!
A continued round of applause to our seniors for their accomplishments and acceptances. Bravo!
Sample of 2018 Acceptances including STEM majors- Engineering, Chemistry, Pre-Med, Mathematics, Computer Science, Operations Management, Computational Finance
Northwestern, Georgia Tech, UNC, Emory, Cornell, NYU, Rice, University of Chicago, Drexel, Tulane, Purdue, Ohio, Miami, Johns Hopkins, University of Arizona, Penn State, Villanova, Northeastern, SUNY-ESF, St. Johns, Colgate, WUSTL, Fordham, Swarthmore, Pittsburgh, Dickinson , Fordham, Colorado, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, Boston, Hobart & William Smith, Gettysburg, Temple, SUNY-Stonybrook, Denison, SUNY-Binghamton, Hamilton, George Washington, American, Indiana, SMU, James Madison, UF
Summer Programs: STEM 2018: UF STTP, UF Rise, Duke-Mathematics, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell University, Johns Hopkins, Rose-Hulman Catapult, Boston University, FAU H20, Embry Riddle, Georgetown, George Washington
TO DO NOW: 8th to 11th Grade families
With course planning taking place at many high schools, this is a great time to assess your strategic educational and college admissions plan.
This is also the appropriate time of year to review extracurricular activities and plan your summer. If your plans don’t include attending a competitive collegiate summer program, there is still time to organize an independent project or internship to continue to help you nurture and discover a connection between your strengths and potential academic interests. Please connect with me for ideas. All students should take advantage of summer vacation to recharge, but also might consider structured on-ramp programs for difficult AP classes on the horizon, preparation of standardized testing and community internships and volunteer opportunities. It takes some organizing to get going- but there are many organizations that welcome your energy and skills with open arms.
Please review my earlier Newsletters:
STEM ACADEMIC ADVISING & COLLEGE ADMISSIONS
WHAT IS A STEM MAJOR?
Do you enjoy and excel in your science and math courses? Do you think you want to become a physician? Maybe you’ve learned to code and write APPs or were told you would make a great engineer?
You might be the next Tony Stark or follow in the footsteps of Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Bill Gates (Microsoft), Sally Ride (NASA), Jeff Bezoz (Amazon), Shigeru Miyamoto (Nintendo), Jeffrey Katzenberg (Dreamworks Animation), Caterina Fake (Flickr), Helen Greiner (iRobot), or Antonia Coello Novello (Surgeon General).
Aspiring STEM students! Make sure you’ve received STEM pre-college academic advising to prepare for academic success as an undergraduate while guiding you to appropriate ways to set yourself apart from other STEM applicants.
Traditional STEM majors include:
Science (Biology, Physics, Chemistry),
Technology (Computer Science, Information Systems),
Engineering (i.e. Mechanical, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, etc.) and
The complete list of STEM majors and careers contains dozens of selections and extends far beyond the courses you’ve explored in your high school AP, AICE or IB classes.
Given your interests and strengths, or perhaps there is an area you have yet to uncover, let me guide you to the discovery of unique and cutting-edge STEM majors.
You’ll be surprised to know that there are STEM majors for students who enjoy the “Liberal Arts” and for students with overlapping interests in business, social sciences and even the fine arts.
A variety of fields have been influenced by the analytical approaches and scientific techniques taught in STEM programs. Collaboration taking place within multi-disciplinary teams is the direction of future innovation in all fields.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR A STEM EDUCATION?
The nature of STEM fields continues to evolve. Advanced preparation for an undergraduate STEM major should include the following:
Discover you passion!
INCREASING YOUR CHANCES
First and foremost- be yourself because everyone else is taken! That’s not cliché-it is truly the most important piece of advice I can provide.
Discover an area that you are truly passionate about and dive in! Demonstrate informed interest thru experiences.
STEM admissions is different!
How do you increase your chances of admissions?
Demonstrate “INFORMED INTEREST”!
More than any other major, STEM applicants must clearly demonstrate “informed interest”! Admissions officers don’t want to read an essay describing your fascination with Lego since childhood.
Your application must leave no shadow of a doubt that you are prepared to succeed in some of the most demanding academic majors. STEM curriculum are intense and challenging!
An astounding 25% of all intended engineering students exit the field after their freshman year. Only 40% of college students who declare a STEM major complete their degree. Demonstrating you understand the challenges ahead is essential.
STEM “informed interest” can be demonstrated through:
CONSIDER Applying to a cutting-edge, LESSOR KNOWN or BLENDED MAJOR:
Allow me to help you think outside the box, increasing your chances of admission. STEM majors such as Nanotechnology, Computational Finance, Oenology, Cognitive Psychology, Human Computer Interaction are just the tip of the iceberg of exciting STEM fields of study.
You’ve seen that bumper sticker: CO-EXIST!
Many colleges have unique programs balancing a STEM field with an interest in the social science, liberal arts, business or even the Fine Arts!
With the cost of a four-year education continuing to rise, families are justified in exploring the ROI of any major. Employers are seeking STEM graduates who demonstrate an ability to communicate, manage and collaborate with others.
Based on your academic strengths and personal interests, we will work together to create a personalized strategic STEM ADMISSIONS plan including:
STEM RESEARCH COMPETITION
Why is participating in STEM research competition particularly important?
We maintain an extensive database of available STEM based venues as well as ideas for feasible independent projects.
Think beyond FIRST Robotics, Science Olympiad or HOSA.
So much more awaits you….
Have a wonderful day!
Bonnie R. Rabin, Ph.D.