December 2019 Newsletter

Greetings!

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Attached you’ll find your December newsletter. Articles on subjects that include

  • How to Ace Your College Interview – Find lots of tips here to help you navigate the interview process.
  • Majoring in Animation – While animators often work in the entertainment industry, there are many jobs available in other fields.
  • Understanding Your Student Aid Report – Once you’ve completed your FAFSA, a Student Aid Report will be generated. The information on this report serves as the basis for determining your financial aid package. This article explains the components of the SAR.
  • Dealing With Deferral – As early college admissions decisions are released, many students will find themselves in the limbo-land of deferral. Deferral means that your early application will be reconsidered within the context of the regular decision applicant pool. What can you do to improve your chances of admission?

Thank you
Patty

November 2019 Newsletter

Hello:

Your November newsletter is attached with articles featuring:

  • Considering Women’s Colleges – Students who attend a women’s college report that they feel more ready to speak up in class, and take on greater academic risks and challenges. Learn about the pros and cons of attending a women-only institution here.
  • The Best Majors for Lucrative Careers – Interested in return on investment? Consider these careers if you want to earn a significant amount both soon after graduation and into your future.
  • Merit Scholarships Make Private Colleges Affordable – In 2018, the average institutional tuition discount rate reached a record high of nearly 50 percent among private colleges, meaning that their families are paying only half of the regular tuition rate. Check this out to learn how private colleges make the experience affordable.
  • After Submitting Your Applications – Good for you! But there are still tasks to be completed even after your applications are in. See what you need to be doing now.

Thank you
Patty

October 2019 Newsletter

Greetings! Happy Fall! I’ve attached your October newsletter which  includes articles on: 

  • The Rise of Test Optional Admissions – Although many colleges have considered candidates for admission without standardized test results for years, there has been a recent increase in the number and selectivity of colleges offering test optional admissions.  Learn more about this growing movement and how it pertains to you.
  •  Majoring in Public Administration –  Students interested in careers in public service will find themselves well-positioned for anticipated openings by majoring in public administration.
  •  Early Decision/Early Action and Their Effect on Financial Aid –    Although Early Decision can significantly increase your chance of admission at many colleges, there is a potential downside in ED for students who require financial aid to attend college.  Read this to learn how ED/EA admissions can affect your total cost of college.
  • Why Are You Applying Here? – The popular “Why this college?” supplemental essay requires applicants to dive deeply into programs at that institution, thinking about the student’s interests, strengths and goals, and looking for how these mesh with those of the school. 
  • Fall Timeline for Juniors and Seniors –  Here’s a clip-and-save list of what you should be doing this fall. 

Enjoy!

Patty

September 2019 Newsletter

Greetings!
Your September newsletter is attached.  In it you’ll find timely articles addressing:

  • Managing Stress – School has always been high on the list of stressors for young people – exams, tests, deadlines, organization, time management, friends, and money. Here are some ideas to help you better manage your stress level.
  • Interdisciplinary Majors – Tomorrow’s complex problems will require a multidisciplinary approach, and narrowly-focused studies may become inadequate.  Take a look at some of the new interdisciplinary majors that allow students to combine several areas of interest.
  •  File the FAFSA as Soon After Oct. 1st as Possible –  The FAFSA should be filed as soon as possible after October 1st of the student’s senior year, and then yearly while attending college.  Here’s what families need to know about this very important financial aid form.
  • Rigor of Curriculum – Selective colleges expect to see applicants opting for a high level of rigor in their studies, within the constraints of their high school’s offerings. You can’t design your school’s curriculum but you can control how you complete your four years of high school, so plan well for the most rigorous program you can comfortably handle while still having a balanced life.
  •  Writing a Note-Worthy Essay –  How do you make your essay famous instead of infamous? Here are some basic tips to consider.  

Thank you

Patty

June 2019 Newsletter

Greetings!  
Summer is nearly upon us, and I’ve attached your final newsletter for this academic year.  Your next newsletter will arrive in late August.  Hope you have a marvelous and productive summer.  This newsletter contains: 

  • 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.

 Thank you 

Patty

May 2019 Newsletter

Greetings!

Decision day is upon us! I hope you are all eagerly looking forward to your new adventures.
Click the button below to access your May newsletter.  In it you’ll find articles featuring:

  • 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. 

Enjoy!

Patty


  

April 2019 Newsletter

Greetings!

Click below to view your April issue. It features:

  • 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. 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.

Enjoy!

Patty 

January 2018 Newsletter

Hello:

This comes with wishes for a wonderful New Year!

This January issue of the College Planning Center’s Newsletter features:

  • Helping Your Child Succeed – an article especially for parents, highlighting five ways that parents can help their children succeed in both school and life.
  • Majoring in Neuroscience –  The skills gained through a neuroscience major are widely applicable to a variety of fields.  Check this out!
  • Trends in Student Loans –  You’ve probably seen the headlines suggesting that debt for college students is out of control and getting worse.  But, is it really?
  • Searching for Performing Arts Colleges – A free, searchable resource from the publishers of Playbill Magazine.
  • After Your Applications Have Been Submitted – Seniors who have completed the college application process are feeling pretty good about this time.  But you still have things to do.

If you have any questions please contact me.

Patty

June 2017 Newsletter

Hello:

Attached you’ll find the June issue of the College Planning Center’s Newsletter, It’s filled with articles for both your graduating seniors and younger students:

  • Tips for Surviving Your Freshman Year of College – Follow these tips to get off to a great start as you begin the next phase of your education.
  • Majoring in Meteorology – Are you a curious person who enjoys applying science and math to analyzing and solving problems? If so, a career as a meteorologist may be a good match.
  • Legal and Financial Issues Before You Depart for College – Some important things to act on before you leave for college.
  • Writing Great College Essays – It’s not too early to start thinking about your application essays.
  • Applying Early Decision – There’s been a push to earlier application deadlines.  Consider this article carefully before deciding to apply early decision.

The next CPC newsletter you will receive will arrive in September. Enjoy your summer!

Thank you

Patty

May 2017 Newsletter

Hello:

Attached you’ll find the May issue of the College Planning Center’s Newsletter. Here are this month’s topics:

  • What Keeps College Admission Officers Up at Night?: Here’s a view from the other side.
  • Majoring in Urban Planning: Urban planners improve life for everyone in their communities.
  • Paying Your College Bill: Options to make the task more manageable.
  • Making the Most of Your Summer: Here are some ideas for making your time productive this summer.

Enjoy and if you know someone that can benefit from this information please pass it along.

Patty