June 2019 College Counseling Newsletter

ESSENTIAL TOPICS:

  • Advice for New College Freshmen – One of the best parts of going off to college is the ability to create the “you” whom you want to be.  Here are some suggestions to help you make a successful transition to campus.
  • Majoring in Environmental Science – The world needs more scientists equipped to attack the spiral of damaging human behaviors. Environmental science is a branch of science that seeks to sustain the Earth’s environment.
  • Pre-College Legal & Financial Matters – There are a few legal and financial issues that should be addressed before your son or daughter goes off to college. Learn about them here.
  • Telling Your Story – The “dreaded” college essays really are your opportunity to share your voice and personalize your application, making the whole package a full and complete story of YOU. Here are some tips to make that happen.

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May 2019 College Counseling Newsletter

ESSENTIAL TOPICS:

  • Student Support Services on Campus – It’s likely that all students will have need of at least some of the support services available on campus.  Check these out, paying special attention to those that may be important to your well-being.
  • Majoring in Computer Programming – In our increasingly technological world, students who major in computer programming can find their niche in almost any kind of company. Learn more about the major and career options here.
  • College Choice and Return on Investment – College is a very big-ticket item, and many students rack up considerable debt to help pay for their education. As with any large expenditure, it’s a good idea to consider how the costs of this purchase compare to the benefits of making the purchase.

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April 2019 College Counseling Newsletter

ESSENTIAL TOPICS:

  • Waitlist Purgatory –The dreaded waitlist. You weren’t rejected, but you weren’t accepted either. What should you do now?
  • Majoring in Linguistics – With over 5,000 languages spoken around the world, businesses often are unable to communicate with partners from different countries. There are lots of career options for graduates with a linguistics degree.
  • Comparing Financial Aid Packages – The bottom line in comparing financial aid packages is the final cost of your education to you and your family.  Here’s a guide to understanding the components of your offers.
  • Social Media & College Admission – Consider using your social media as a wider representation of both who you are and what you have to share with your colleges.

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March 2019 College Counseling Newsletter

ESSENTIAL TOPICS:

  • The Meaning of Fit –  Fit is frequently referred to when speaking with students about choosing the ‘right’ college, and many of those same students are puzzled about what is the ‘right’ fit. Here are some of the things to think about when we talk of “fit.”
  • Majoring in Advertising –  Few businesses are successful without advertising, and that is why it is a helpful major for practically any career. See if it’s right for you.
  • Free Money vs Loans –  In the world of college finances, there are just two kinds of money: “Great money – or Free money” – and “Not-so-Great money”. When does it make sense to choose one or both?
  • Choosing Next Year’s Curriculum –  For selective colleges, rigor of curriculum is one of the top factors in granting acceptance.  If you’re targeting one of these selective colleges, resist the temptation to make life easy, and opt for the most challenging program you can handle, while still leaving yourself time to enjoy your high school years.

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February 2019 College Counseling Newsletter

ESSENTIAL TOPICS:

  • SAT vs ACT – Which Should You Take? -The redesign of the SAT in 2016 resulted in a test quite similar to the ACT.  But how do they really compare and how can you determine which test is right for you?
  • Majoring in Astrophysics –  Students strong in math and science with a passion for the universe may be interested in considering a major in astrophysics.  Learn what types of careers you can aim for by studying this branch of astronomy.
  • Tax Benefits for Education –  An education credit helps with the cost of higher education by reducing the amount of tax owed on your tax return. Here are two commonly available tax credits that families should check out.
  • Dare to Be Different – Great advice for college-bound students – learn how to stand out from the pack.

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January 2019 College Counseling Newsletter

ESSENTIAL TOPICS:

  • Planning for Summer in the Dead of Winter – Use our early planning ideas to insure a summer that is fun, rewarding and constructive.
  • Focus on Majors: Gerontology – With a rapidly aging population creating a rising demand for workers who understand the challenges of aging, this may be the perfect time for students to study gerontology.
  • College Loans – After exhausting need-based and merit scholarships, many families find they must borrow money to cover the remaining costs of college.  Our guide to loans will help you determine what will be best for your family.
  • How to Handle a Deferral – This year’s ED and EA pools have resulted in an especially high number of deferrals.   If you are still interested in a college by which you were deferred, here are some Do’s and Don’ts.

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December 2018 College Counseling Newsletter

ESSENTIAL TOPICS:

  • Majors, Minors and Concentrations – Your guide to understanding the meaning of these terms, how they differ, and how to make your choices work for you.
  • Majoring in Criminology – Criminology is the study of the attributes of crime, how and why it happens, why people commit them, the behavior of these people, and the nature of the criminal-justice system. If you’re fascinated by shows like NCIS and Criminal Minds, this may be the major for you.
  • Searching for Scholarships – You don’t have to pay anyone to search for a scholarship for you, but it does require legwork and dedication on your part. Start here.
  • Understanding and Using your PSAT Report – Although your scores on these tests are not reported to colleges, the results can help you better understand your academic strengths and weaknesses and suggest the skills you should focus on in preparing for college entrance exams such as the SAT and ACT.

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November 2018 College Counseling Newsletter

ESSENTIAL TOPICS:

  • Predictive Analytics & Admissions – The rise of enrollment management programs is changing the face of admissions.  Take every opportunity to learn as much as you can about your colleges, understanding that they are spending a great deal of money to learn as much as they can about you!
  • Focus on Majors: Peace and Conflict Studies –With the political climate in the United States so divisive at this time, a major that focuses on ways to solve problems peacefully may resonate with you.
  • Maximizing Merit Aid – With the cost of college so high, is there anything you can do to improve your chances of getting merit aid from a college?  Here are some strategies you might want to try.
  • Current Trends in College Admission – The annual The State of College Admissions report provides insights into trends in college admission. This article provides some important take-aways from the latest report.

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October 2018 College Counseling Newsletter

ESSENTIAL TOPICS:

  • 7 College Admission Blunders to Avoid –  The journey to college will likely go smoother if you avoid making these seven common mistakes.
  • Focus on Majors: Geology – Fascinated by rocks and minerals and the forces that shape the earth?  Geology is an interdisciplinary science that involves not only a study of the physical makeup and history of the earth, but also how humans and other life forms are affected by the earth.
  • The CSS Profile – About 400 colleges, universities and scholarship programs use a financial aid form, the CSS Profile, in addition to the FAFSA, to gather more information in order to award their own institutional funds to deserving students.
  • Show Them Some Love – Through both your responses to application questions and your actions (numerous meaningful contacts with that college), you can influence your chances of acceptance at your top college choices.  Learn how here.

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September 2018 College Counseling Newsletter

ESSENTIAL TOPICS:

  • Decoding College Application Plans – Knowing when and how to apply to each college on your list is important. Here’s a quick rundown of the differences and a look at the pros and cons of each plan.
  • Focus on Majors – Pre-law – Although there is no Pre-Law major, the term itself is not meaningless. It refers to advising programs that support students in preparing for and applying to law school.
  • Filing the FAFSA – The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the primary form used by colleges to determine eligibility for need-based aid.  Here’s a guide to the FAFSA.
  • “Doing” High School Well – What can you do to make sure that your high school years are truly special?

Download the Full Newsletter:   September 2018 College Counseling Newsletter