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Charting The Course to College Planning Workshop July 15, 2011
Warning Signs for Parents… (resource: www. Fiske. Guide. com) • Put the high school college counselor’s home number on speed dial. • House-hunt in North Dakota to enhance child’s “geo” appeal • Change license plate to read “ 650 CR/610 M” on family car
Warning Signs for Students… (resource: www. Fiske. Guide. com) • Message on cell phone notes you are on the honor roll and a member of the National Honor Society • Demand that your family only communicates with you using SAT vocabulary words • You memorize the Tier I and Tier II institutions of the U. S. News national rankings
Values for the Voyage • Why do I want to go to college? • What excites me most about college? What scares me? • What are my strengths? Weaknesses? • What type of student am I? • How do I prefer to learn – in small group discussions or larger class lectures?
Values for the Voyage • What are my educational and career goals? Academic interests? • What activities mean the most to me? • What excites me most about college? What scares me? • What makes me special? What talents or insights can I contribute to a campus community? • What experiences help to make me a bit uncommon?
Back to the Basics • Academic Plan: Challenge yourself (you may surprise yourself) • Pursue your passions – it’s about quality, not quantity • Ask people you know & respect for referrals
Back to the Basics • Start with a map! • Check out the web resources http: //nces. ed. gov/collegenavigator www. collegeboard. com www. cappex. com www. ctcl. org Individual college websites www. allegheny. edu • Make the time – 1 hour each week
Back to the Basics • Get organized! -Read, assess, file & recycle -Not interested? Let the college know -Interested? Respond to requests -Create a timeline of important dates - Application deadlines (6 -8 schools) -Financial aid & scholarship deadlines -Test dates -Open house or HS visit opportunities -Start a journal or pro/con list for each college choice (continually assess/refine your college list)
Back to the Basics • Avoid being a “stealth applicant” -Initiate contact -Respond to paper/online requests -Connect at your high school or local fair -Alumni interviews -Campus Visits
Demonstrate Interest • Make reference to distinctive characteristics of the college and how those qualities fit your abilities, personality and style particularly well. • Pay attention to the entire application – College Application Supplements (www. commonapp. org) • Keep note of admission decision notification dates. If the dates have passed (or close to the date), contact the office to inquire about your file’s status with the admission committee. • If wait listed at your top choice, be sure the admissions office is aware of your interest. Send a letter of interest to the director. If capable, visit to speak with a counselor.
Back to the Basics • Clear, thoughtful and accurate communication is key -Create a connection (counselors, teachers, college professionals…and your parents!) - Read the instructions - Do it yourself
Charting the Course to College Planning Workshop July 15, 2011
Final Thoughts…for Parents • Recognize that gaining admission to college is merely one step in a process of education. • Resist doing for your students what they are capable of doing themselves. • Resist relying on rankings and college selectivity alone. • Realize that researching, selecting and applying to colleges does not have to be an expensive process. • Keep this process in perspective.
Final Thoughts…for Students • • Be confident! Take responsibility. Be deliberate! Be realistic and trust your instincts! Be open-minded! Use a variety of resources for gathering info. Be honest; be yourself! Limit applications to a well-researched number Know that what you do in college is a better predictor of future success than where you go.
“It is your future and no one else should prepackage your approach to the process. ” - College Unranked