March 2021 Newsletter

Hello! 
I expect this to be a very strange month filled with strange decisions, but all applicants hopefully will be able to enroll at colleges where they will thrive. Your March newsletter is attached.  Articles include:

  • Handling Denials – How Parents Can Help – Denials are inevitable in an atmosphere of increasingly selective admissions, so how can parents help ease the pain when their child is not chosen, for many reasons relating to the college’s priorities and needs?
  • Majoring in the Fine Arts – Students interested in the visual arts may choose to pursue their passion either at a specialized art institute or as an art major at a more comprehensive college.  Learn how the experience differs here.
  • Appealing Financial Aid Awards – If your first-choice college offers everything you want but the price tag is making you waiver, don’t give up hope. Instead, consider appealing to the college’s financial aid office for more money.  Learn how here and access a new website that will help guide you through the process.
  • Wallowing on the Waitlist – Adding to all the trials of the COVID-19 experience, colleges this year are expected to offer a record-number of waitlist spots to prospective applicants. Should you opt-in for consideration? Is there anything that would make it more likely to be admitted from the waitlist?

Thank you 
Patty 

February 2021 Newsletter

Hello!
I hope you and your family are well. It’s difficult to believe it’s February. Articles in the February newsletter include: 

  • Considering a Gap Year – With the advent of effective vaccines and with colleges beginning to announce on-campus programs for the fall of 2021, should you still consider a gap year? 
  • Majoring in Foreign Language – As the world becomes more interconnected, fluency in multiple languages is a highly desirable skill. But what type of careers can this major prepare you for?
  • Changes Coming to the FAFSA – The FAFSA Simplification Act of 2021 brings a slew of changes to the FAFSA that will begin with the 2022-23 application cycle.  This is what families need to know.
  • Looking for a Way to Enhance your Learning Experiences? – Chances are, there is a MOOC in your future. Although many of you are currently doing some or all of your learning online, you will find that MOOCs are different from traditional high school or college courses.
  • To Test or Not to Test – That is the Question – How do you decide if you should invest both considerable time and money into test prep for the next admissions cycle? Info for the class of 2022.

Thank you 
Patty

January 2021 Newsletter

Greetings and Happy New Year!!
Wishing you the happiest and healthiest of New Years.

Your January issue targets both seniors and underclassmen. Articles include:

  • Making Sense of College Rankings – For many students and parents, one of their many early college research options is to go directly to those famous lists of college rankings. Tread carefully here; rankings may not tell you what you really need to know.
  • Majoring in Psychology – One of the most popular college majors, a major in psychology can lead to a variety of job opportunities in widely different fields.
  • Money for College – Yes, college is expensive, but there is aid available to help you and your family pay for college. Explore the major sources of financial aid for college here.
  • Avoiding Senior Slump – Always a danger during the second semester of senior year.

Enjoy
Patty

December 2020 Newsletter

Hello!

I wish you all a wonderful and restful holiday season followed by a greatly improved 2021! 

In the meantime, your December issue includes:

  • Interviewing Tips -Colleges want you to like them, even if they don’t accept you. This means that the interview is not a test. Read this for tips to shine at your college interview.
  • Majoring in Civil Engineering – A major in civil engineering prepares students to design, build, and maintain facilities such as buildings for both public and private purposes. Many career paths are open to students studying civil engineering.
  • Searching for Scholarships – Most scholarships are awarded directly by the college you attend, but there are other sources of scholarship aid.  Here’s a list of resources to get you started on your search for outside scholarships.
  • The 5 Ps of Choosing Colleges – Just getting started on your college search? Deciding on your priorities is the first step. Consider the 5 Ps.
  • Dealing With Deferrals – While disappointing, a deferral is actually a “maybe”; it’s up to you now to convince your chosen college that you really are an excellent candidate for admission. 

Thank you,

Patty

November 2020 Newsletter

Hello!

Hope you and your family are doing well. 

Click the button below for your November College Planning Newsletter.  Here you’ll find seasonally appropriate articles:

  • Taking a Deep Dive into a College Website – In the age of COVID, everything about college research has changed and teens must focus their efforts on online resources, the college website being the primary focus of that research. Learn here how to gather the information you’ll need to make decisions about fit.
  • Majoring in Communications – If you are interested in journalism, politics, public relations, blogging, or analyzing language, a communications major may be right for you. A communications major prepares you for a wide variety of careers.
  • The CSS Profile –  About 400 colleges, universities, and scholarship programs use both the FAFSA and an additional form, the CSS Profile, to gather more information in order to award their own institutional funds to deserving students.  Learn more here.
  • Making the Most of Virtual Tours (part 2) – Last month we talked about some of the ways students could use virtual options to learn more about prospective colleges. Here are some additional routes for making the most of the digital world. 

Thank you, 

Patty 

October 2020 Newsletter

Hello! 

Hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy during these crazy times.

Attached you’ll find your October issue;  Subjects addressed include:

  • How Will Colleges Make Decisions This Year? – With so many colleges going test optional/test blind, an important metric for admission decisions will be unavailable.  How do colleges plan to distinguish between similarly-looking students from different parts of the country, some of whom have been more affected by the pandemic and who may have had their options for education and activities significantly scaled back during the last 7 months?
  • Majoring in Business/Entrepreneurial Studies – Business remains the most popular major on American college campuses, with about a quarter of all bachelor’s degrees awarded in this area. What are the career options for students graduating with a business major?
  • The FAFSA – Oct. 1st is the opening date to file your FAFSA for 2021-22. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the primary form used by colleges to determine eligibility for need-based aid.  Here’s what you need to know.
  • Making the Most of Virtual Tours – Although the COVID pandemic has brought most options for on-campus tours to a grinding halt, this should not prevent high school students from continuing to ‘visit’ their many colleges of interest in ways that have been second-nature to them for most of their lives – by doing research online. 

Enjoy!

Patty

September 2020 Newsletter

Hello!

I hope you and your family are well.

Its difficult to believe students are back in school (or home), and college admissions looks more unpredictable than usual.

Attached you’ll find your September newsletter issue.  Included are articles such as:

  • Making the Most of Virtual Learning – Assuming that your fall semester will be either 100% online or a hybrid form of online and in-person classes, how can you make the very best of this way of learning? 
  • Majoring in Archeology – Archaeology is the study of cultures from the new and old. Majors can choose from a variety of career paths.
  • The Language of Financial Aid – College financial aid is filled with a variety of acronyms. To make the process easier, we offer a handy translation guide.
  • Demonstrating Interest – COVID Edition – Traditionally, students have been able to show their interest through personal contact and visiting college campuses. How can this be done utilizing a virtual world?

Enjoy!

Patty

June 2020 Newsletter

Hello!

Attached you’ll find the last issue before our summer break.  Your next issue will arrive in late August. 

Hopefully, by that time, college students will be able to return to campus and all of us will begin to return to our new normal. In this issue:

  • Overused Essay Topics –  Many applicants do themselves a disservice by taking on topics that don’t resonate well with the admission readers, thus giving a false or incorrect impression of the writer. Learn which topics to avoid.
  • Majoring in Philosophy –  Philosophers aim to answer questions about existence, human nature, knowledge, and ethics.  Happily, the skills acquired through a study of philosophy are applicable to a wide variety of majors.
  • Before Leaving for College –  There are a few legal and financial issues that should be addressed before your son or daughter goes off to college. Here are some items each family should consider.
  • Staying Healthy – On Campus and At Home –  Being sick at college is no fun because it means missing classes and social events and then catching up on your work. Your physical and mental health is most likely to determine your happiness and success both on campus and at home. Tips for staying healthy will be found here. Wishing you and your loved ones continued good health!

Thank you
Patty

May 2020 Newsletter

Hello

I hope you and your families are healthy and safe!

Your May issue includes timely articles:

  • Choosing a Gap Year – With the uncertainty surrounding the reopening of colleges in the fall of 2020, a greater number of students than usual are contemplating taking a gap year. Read about the pros and cons of taking a gap year and the process needed to do this.
  • Majoring in Biotechnology – Because biotechnology is used in many fields and because the job market for it is projected to grow, biotechnology is a strong subject to major in. Learn here about the courses you’ll take, the skills you’ll learn, and the careers to which these may be applied.
  • Paying Your Child’s College Bill – A few months before your child starts college, you’ll receive a bill from the college for your child’s first semester (or quarter) expenses. Here are some options to meet these expenses.
  • Virtual Summer Programs – Unfortunately, Covid-19 has led to the closing of nearly all of the campus-based summer programs for high school students. So what can you do with your summer now?


Thank you
Patty

April 2020 Newsletter

Hello

I hope you are all well and safe during this surreal time. Attached you’ll find the April issue of your newsletter.

April offers articles on:

  • What to Do When Campus Visits Are Out –  With campuses closed due to the coronavirus outbreak and with students sent home to complete the semester online, high school juniors and seniors need to go to their back-up plans.
  • Majoring in Economics – A major in economics educates a student about how resource allocation, incentives, and wealth interact.  Learn if this major fits your interests and goals.
  • Appealing Financial Aid Awards (updated) –  For the class entering fall of 2020, the loss of work due to the COVID-19 virus may affect a student’s eligibility for need-based aid.  Check out the best ways to go about appealing financial aid packages you have received from your colleges.
  • Making the Most of this Enforced Down Time – With so many high schools closed,  it probably won’t take much time before you find yourself looking for activities, so we’ve prepared a dozen ideas you may want to follow-up.  

Wishing you and yours the best of health!
Patty