Some students believe that once they have been accepted to college, they can relax and not worry about their grades anymore. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Most colleges request both first and second semester grades. They also expect students to take all of the courses they have listed on their college applications. Colleges are sending a message that they have no problem turning down an applicant in in the summer who has slacked off the second semester. They always have a waitlist with students who have worked hard until graduation.
The college admission process is getting more complicated every year. For many parents, it is overwhelming and an added stress they don’t need. Here are some of the top reasons why families hire someone to help them with college planning.
- Parents are busy and don’t have the time or energy to do the necessary research to find the right colleges for their child. They know a college consultant has the expertise, interest and experience to help them make the best college decisions.
- Parents who would rather spend what free time they have on personal and/or family activities and pay a professional to help their child with college planning, teacher recommendations, test prep, extracurricular activities, applications and college essays..
- Parents who want their child to have more personal attention than what is usually available from high school counselors. Many believe high school counselors are so overwhelmed with caseloads of students (average of 475) Counselors spend most of their time meeting with students on course scheduling and personal problems and very little attention given to students who seek help with college planning.
- Parents don’t understand how the college application process works. Most parents don’t want to spend time nagging their student to complete all the necessary forms and keep track of the required deadlines because they fear they will miss or forget something.
- Parents who realize it is not as simple to get into college as it used to be – you fill out the application and wait for your acceptance letter. Those days are over. Students these days must be competitive with their grades, academic rigor, test scores, extracurricular activities and personal statements.
Many of these reasons are why families hire a college admissions consultant. This will allow parents and their teenager to have less stress during the college admissions process. It will also help you to be confident that your child will receive the individual attention he
College planning is important to the overall success of a student’s college selection and admissions process. Too many students do not realize that their freshman year grades are important to their four year GPA. Colleges want to know what individual students can bring to their school. The experiences that students pursue in their four years of high school can help to clarify what is important to a student in terms of academics, school involvement and activities that interest students outside of school. The next few College Direction blogs will specify what is most important for each year of high school.
Make sure you put together a four year academic schedule
Choose classes that are challenging, but not overly rigorous
Work hard to make the best grades possible
Join a few activities/sports at your school that look interesting
Consider pursuing some community service or volunteer projects
Apply for scholarships
Make reading a priority
Some great suggestions for how students can connect with colleges while they are going through the college application process and before. Colleges want to accept students who are interested in them.
Many students choose to learn about colleges on their own without showing any interest in the college. These students are what colleges call “stealth applicants.” Stealth applicants are students who never officially show interest in a college until they send in their application for admission. The student might have attended a college fair and grabbed materials from the table. They may have done an unofficial tour of the college. And, they may have visited the college website numerous time. However, they never “said” to the college, “I’m interested in you.”
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Is It Time for Your Child to Start Thinking about College?
There are differences in opinion as to when students should start thinking about college. Some families start thinking about college before a baby is born, while other students start thinking about college when they get to high school. When it comes to thinking about college, it is never too early. However, thinking about college does not just mean choosing the colleges you want to attend.
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Many families are looking at Canadian universities because they cost considerably less than American schools and provide a very good education. This profile will give you some good informstion
on Quest University.
Source: Quest University
If we want students to be ready for college, we need to give them the right start beginning with kindergarten. Pushing the common core curriculum is not the answer.
One of the most distressing characteristics of education reformers is that they are hyper-focused on how students perform, but they ignore how students learn. Nowhere is this misplaced emphasis more apparent, and more damaging, than in kindergarten.
A new University of Virginia study found that kindergarten changed in disturbing ways from 1999-2006. There was a marked decline in exposure to social studies, science, music, art and physical education and an increased emphasis on reading instruction. Teachers reported spending as much time on reading as all other subjects combined.
The time spent in child-selected activity dropped by more than one-third. Direct instruction and testing increased. Moreover, more teachers reported holding all children to the same standard.
How can teachers hold all children to the same standards when they are not all the same? They learn differently, mature at different stages – they just are not all the same especially at the…
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It’s easyto think that double depositing to colleges might be the solution to your college decision problems, but it isn’t and shouldn’t even be a path you consider.
Double depositing is the act of sending a tuition deposit to two (or more) colleges. It is the act of telling more than one school that you will be attending the institution in the fall. While the majority of college counselors will tell you it is wrong to double deposit, there are some that say it is okay. Before sending in more than one deposit, take these things into consideration:
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Who are we obsessed wth everyone going to college? A very thoughtful essay that is worth a read.
American education has a faith problem. No, I’m not talking about the debates about religion and to what extent it influences schools. I’m talking about the blind, unquestioning faith we have to the god of educational purpose: College.
American education is obsessed with college as the answer to all our woes. College will fix our financial failures. College will make us happy. College will give us a sense of purpose. True: College graduates do gain a host of benefits. But, we are so fixated on just getting kids to college, we don’t often ask why and for what purpose. We are lemmings leading learners to a shaky promise that as long as they just get to college, life will be okay.
I’ve seen firsthand how our blind allegiance to college has impacted thousands of students and hundreds of teachers. We have shoved all our thoughts, our energy, and our concern…
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Highlighting a college each week that could be a great option for high school students. Some of these might be schools that are not on your radar but provide an excellent college experience. Today we highlight
Quest University in Canada.
We had the good fortune to have a visit from the new President and Vice Chancellor of Quest University, Peter Englert, Ph.D. Dr. Englert was making a whirl wind tour of the US to talk to college counselors and independent college consultants about the exciting new developments happening at Quest.
Quest is a small, private, liberal arts college in Squamish, British Columbia, Canada, approximately 45 minutes from Vancouver. It was founded 9 years ago to offer a premier liberal arts education based on intellectual inquiry and experiential learning. It is Canada’s only secular, non-profit college or university.
Quest is unique in many ways, including its curriculum. Like Colorado College, Quest offers a block plan. Unlike conventional universities where students take several classes simultaneously in a semester, at Quest students focus on single “block” courses that run three hours a day, every day, for 3.5 weeks. There are no distractions, no…
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