Seth Godin's blog, "The problem with forced rankings", outlines with great substance and clarity that rankings are not the end all gauge, by any stretch, for judging anything, leave alone your college choices.
During your college search, cover all of your bases when asking yourself “What do I want (and need) out of my college experience?” As my seniors have all decided where they will attend this Fall, my juniors are deep into deciphering which colleges are for them.
Do Well in School Be Nice Find Your Passion: When I’m asked “What more can my child do to round out their resume” I always say, do what you enjoy and you will do more of it. Don’t feel that you have to check off all of the boxes, thinking that is the magic ticket to gain acceptance to your school of choice.
It’s that time of year. All students have received a response from the schools that they applied to, accepted, declined or the infamous “You have been placed on our waiting list”. What does this mean? Will I still get into my dream school? The answer is, it depends, but, if you opt for putting yourself on their waitlist, there are actions you can take to show your interest and improve your chances.
A significant topic of discussion is, and should be, financial aid. You would be surprised how many students and parents hesitate at that, maybe too proud, not wanting to deal with the realities, or the desire to go to a particular school is so great that dollars aren’t even discussed, until late in the game.
One of my parents emailed me this morning with the question, “Who chooses”? He hears from other parents that they let their kids choose which college to attend but, he asks, is that really the right answer?
Will attending that name brand school make all the difference for my future? I subscribe to Seth Godin’s daily blog and today’s brought home for me what I tell my students and families in approaching not only where you go to school but life in general.
This Washington Post article on financial aid and the misunderstandings that many families have is intensely time appropriate as many students begin to receive their financial aid award letters, make the decision on which college they are going to attend this Fall and how they are going to pay for it.
Oh no!! I needed one more year of Latin? A good habit to get into when visiting college websites, or the colleges themselves, is to familiarize yourself with their high school and college admissions requirements.
This one is terrifying to me. One of my families just relayed onto me that their students guidance counselor told them that this years FAFSA, 2018-2019, is based on their 2015 tax return. NO, NO, NO and NO!!!!
Are you the hard-working ant, preparing for the future, storing up its winter supplies? Or the grinning green grasshopper, partying, procrastinating, who will eventually be starving when food gets scarce?
Sometimes you have to think about choosing a college the same as if you were building a house. You wouldn’t just start nailing the wood together, right? So, you don’t go into the college admissions process without a plan. The plan is also known as the To Do List.
The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success is more than just an application when you are ready to apply to college, it’s a commitment from about 135 colleges to provide the best college experience for the low-income and the first-generation student, from the college application process up to graduation.
These are the golden rules I follow when preparing my students for their interviews: Be yourself, know why you want to attend, ask questions that you can't find on their website that are of interest to you and practice, practice, practice!
After completing my certificate in College Admissions Counseling through UCLA, I began my practice, Signature College Counseling. I am a Professional Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), have guided over 200 families, and fully enveloped as a college admissions consultant, bringing students and colleges together.
“6 is The New 4” What does this mean, you ask? The “Four-Year-Myth” of students graduating with a 4-year degree is very real and you will see most colleges recite their graduation rates in 6 years vs. 4.
Extracurricular Activities and College Applications: Where are your hours going vs. what are you doing – If you have to take care of a sibling every day after school for your family then it is fine since you can’t participate in after school activities
During this critical time of making the final decision on which college to attend in the Fall from the list of schools you got accepted to, it’s always key to keep in perspective what is important when deciding.
This NY Times article is a must read and something I have been communicating to my students and families for years. Honors colleges at public universities are an option that should be strongly considered as an option for those high achieving students that are potentially considering the highly selective university route. The experience you can have going down this path can be incredibly fulfilling and shouldn’t be put to the side.
Jack Welch always has great advice and this one doesn't fall short for our college graduates who are searching for a job. At a time when finding the quickest way to do things seems to be the norm, preparing for a job interview takes more time than any test you studied for in college. 2 primary takeaways for me are: know the company inside and out that you are interviewing with and listen to your parents.
Did you know that if you don't use all of the funds in one of your children's 529 accounts, you can transfer the remaining funds over to another one of your children, with no penalty nor tax implications, as long as it is used for qualifying higher education expenses?
Top 10 Tips for College Planning
1. The start is scarier than the finish. If you fail to plan you will plan to fail.
2. There is a college for everyone. Define your needs, personally, academically, professionally and socially to allow for the best college match possible.
Liz Levine was prepared for the reactions she got at New Windsor’s Community Day. As the head of the Signature College Counseling Service, she helps students select and apply to colleges. She can also help families in their search for financial aid. The people who stopped at her table at the Aug. 23 event were surprised. They didn’t know that such a service existed.
Here is an article from the Chronicle of Higher Education that speaks to the differing views colleges have on how they define a families need and what moneys they are willing and able to give to meet that need.
This NY Times Op Ed article is incredibly appropriate for the seniors who are receiving their final responses to all the colleges that they applied to as well as any other high school student who will be applying to college in the next round of college application season. I tell all of my students, don’t let your college responses define you.
Many of my clients tell me that they are concerned about how much attention their guidance counselor can provide for their college admissions journey. I always let them know that expectations of our guidance counselors may be too high given the number of students they have to manage, leave alone the other responsibilities they have other than college counseling.
The city is robust enough for everyone to enjoy but small enough to be manageable and intimate: incredible charm, so much available to do, incredible food, art, shopping and more. The campus, located in the city but with some campus areas...
Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut- I visited the Fairfield University sprawling campus of over 200 acres, located in beautiful Fairfield CT, on August 18. This Jesuit, suburban institution has 3300 undergraduates allowing them plenty of research opportunities.
Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida- Very much liked this smaller liberal arts school that has a wide variety of majors, very active campus and nice setting on a lake with an eclectic, social town.
University of Rhode Island: As you exit off of 95 with URI as your destination, during the 10 mile trip it is clear you are in New England as you view sprawling farm land and the quaint architecture along the way.