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!
“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.
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.
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.
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.