Posts Tagged ‘college admissions’

What do the super bowl and college admissions have in common?

January 31, 2013

Is it a stretch to see a commonality between the super bowl and college admissions?  Maybe not as much as you think.

High school juniors are just beginning the college planning process.  They are choosing the dates when they will take the SAT and ACT, sighing up for a test prep course, and researching colleges that might be of interest.  Many are already feeling stressed and overwhelmed.

Students are involved in their school work, extracurricular activities, sports, and community service.  They know that college admissions continues to get more competitive every year.  They also know that it will take more that a strong GPA and high test scores to get into many colleges.

Going through the college admissions process is a team effort:  students, parents, high school counselors, teachers, and perhaps a private college counselor, all working together to make the college outcome a good one.

Students could learn some important lessons from the Super Bowl teams as they get ready for their big day.  Both need some good strategies, a supportive team, and the ability to keep their eyes on the goal at the end.  For the Super Bowl players, it a win and Imagethe famous ring.  For high school students, it is getting into a college that is the right fit for them.

Senioritis – A disease affecting high school seniors

January 16, 2013

Senioritis is defined as:
“A crippling disease that strikes high school seniors. Symptoms include: laziness, an over-excessive wearing of track pants, old athletic shirts, sweatpants, athletic shorts, and sweatshirts. Also features a lack of studying, repeated absences, and a generally dismissive attitude. The only known cure is a phenomenon known as graduation.” Urban dictionary

What causes senioritis?  High school seniors have taken their last SAT and ACT test, submitted their college applications and essays, and finished their final exams.  They are now beginning their second and last semester of high school.  Many of them are just plain “over it.”  Some are apprehensive about the changes after graduation and others are experiencing burnout.  They are tired of the academic and social scene and ready to move on, but this too causes anxiety and moodiness.

Some high school seniors will skip their classes, ignore their homework, and be apathetic to things they used to enjoy.  They may be uncommunicative with their parents and seem uninterested in their future.  Chances are they have senioritis.  While it is easy to provide answers as to how this can happen, high school seniors need to understand that colleges will receive their second semester grades and will not look favorably on students who have been academic slackers.

What can a parent do about senioritis?  As a private college counselor, I suggest that you direct your high school senior’s attention to this article for a good dose of reality.

College Admissions: More Deferrals in Early Admissions than Ever Before

December 29, 2012

Many students applied early admission to colleges and universities this year. Some were elated with their acceptances; others were disappointed because they were either rejected or deferred.  Those who were deferred are in good company. I am amazed at the number of high school seniors who were deferred and will have their applications added to the regular admission pool.

Believe me, these are students with the grades and test scores to make them very academically competitive for these schools. They also have been involved in extracurricular activities and wrote good essays and had strong teacher recommendations. This still did not get them accepted in the early admission pool.

This biggest issue for these students is that it puts them in limbo and not sure how to figure out just what deferral means. My advice to most students is to send an email to the school if you are still interested and convey this interest. Let them know of any awards, improved test scores, or anything else to support your application. This can be emailed to the college admissions office or the college representative who is in charge of your application.

Keep your college options open and take a second look at the schools to which you are accepted. You do not need to make any final decision until May 1st. The following article may give you some ideas how to strengthen your chances for college admission.…

The Joy of College Acceptances and the Sorrow of the Shooting at Sandy Hook

December 17, 2012

My heart is heavy today. I don’t like to dwell on tragedies, but this recent one has affected me more because of the loss of so many little children. I remember the night of Columbine because I had an SAT group at 6:30. I called the students in the group that afternoon and told them they did not have to come. Most did anyway because they wanted to talk and share their feelings. That is what we did. I think it was cathartic for all of us. Today I have had excited calls and emails from my students who have been accepted to college through early decision or early action. I must show enthusiasm for the joy they are feeling and I want to, but it is hard.

I understand that college admissions can be confusing, that college applications can be time-consuming, and that financial aid can be complex. I do not understand why in recent years we have witnessed so much senseless violence. I do not understand why so many movies, television shows, and video games contain nothing but violence and that our teenagers find this entertaining. I do not understand how an individual can cause a horrific mass murder like the one that occurred on Friday. I do not understand what a parent can do if they have a mentally unstable child who is a threat to society.

I am an analytical person and that is why I ask so many questions. Perhaps, I should stick to college counseling. I can usually answer those questions without any problem.  Those having to do with the shooting at Sandy Hook leave me speechless.

COLLEGE COUNSELOR: Know About The Western Undergraduate Exchange?

November 11, 2012

COLLEGE COUNSELOR: Know About The Western Undergraduate Exchange?.

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If you live in the western states, you need to find out about WUE before doing your college search.  These schools will make paying for college a lot easier.  Each university in the WUE program has certain restrictions, but in most cases for students who qualify, the tuition is much less than it would be for other out-of-state students.

Private College Counselors: What Do They Do?

July 17, 2012

Private college counselors assist students with choosing a college, essays and applications, college visits and much, much more.  They make sure that students and their families know the newest trends in college admissions and they try to eliminate as much stress as possible.  They provide college counseling to help students stay organized and make the best college decisions.

Private college counselors have the expertise and time to provide the individual attention that will benefit students throughout the college application process.  They are members of professional organizations and visit colleges to discover schools that might be appropriate for their students.  Most private college counselors charge affordable fees and many parents feel that using a college consultant is one of the best investments they have made. 

Click on the link below to find out what one private college counselor learned at a recent HECA college conference.

College Applications: What Do Colleges Want to See?

July 11, 2012

Frequently students assume that they need to spend money for activities that will make their college applications stand out.  They don’t realize that there are many free things they can do that could strengthen them as college applicants.  With at least a few weeks of summer left before school starts, why not consider what you can do.

While colleges want their applicants to have good grades and test scores, they are always looking for something more. How will you as a college applicant make yourself stand out among the other qualified students who are applying to the same schools? Have you done an internship in an area of interest, volunteered where you have a real passion, or learned something new that was a real challenge?

Perhaps some of these activities might help. Most require some work, but others are designed to help you do a little self-reflection. What would you like in a college experience? Would one of these activities help you determine a possible college major? What are your immediate and long term goals? In the next few weeks, choose a few of these free activities and plan to do them this summer while there is still time.…

College Admissions: Does Community Service and Volunteering Help?

June 8, 2012

I always encourage students to get involved in community service projects or participate in volunteering because it helps with college admissions. More importantly, it makes you feel good about yourself and how your efforts are making a difference in the lives of others. Summer is a good time to look for volunteer opportunities where you can get involved in something about which you care.  See if you can’t fit in a few hours every week for an important cause.  Colleges want to accept students who will contribute on the campus and community as well.  Check out this article for some great suggestions.

College Admissions: Don’t Limit Yourself in Your College Search

May 29, 2012

Too many high school juniors only consider colleges and universities they have heard of when they begin their college search.  Surprisingly, many students choose schools because their friends are going there.  Other students choose colleges impulsively and for the wrong reasons.  It is important to consider what criteria you are looking for in a college experience.  Then look for schools that seem like a good fit.  If you live on the West coast, you should not limit yourself to colleges in California, Oregon, or Colorado.  Likewise, if you live on the East coast, look at some schools in Illinois, Washington, and Arizona.  Colleges look for applicants who will provide geographic diversity. In fact, geographic diversity is a factor that might give you an edge in the college admissions process.  Check out this article for some schools that might be good choices for you.

College Admissions: 5 College Planning Tips for High School Juniors

May 25, 2012

May is a busy month for high school juniors.  There are AP tests to take, team dinners to attend, SAT and ACT tests to study for, and finals for which to get ready.  Fortunately, summer is not far off.  College planning is something most high school juniors need to get started on.  The more that can be accomplished over the summer, the less you need to worry about when school begins in the fall.  Check out this article for 5 important college planning things to do.;lst;1