October 2017 Newsletter

Hello & Happy Fall!

Attached is the College Planning Center’s Newsletter for October 2017. If you know someone that can benefit from this information please pass it along. As always if you have any questions contact me.

  • Choosing the “Right” Application – Here’s a rundown of the most commonly used college applications.
  • Majoring in Psychology – What can you do with a major in psychology and is this the right major for you?
  • It’s Time to Complete Financial Aid Forms – Oct. 1st marks the opening of the FAFSA application for students who will attend college in 2018-19.  Who should be completing the FAFSA and the CSS Profile and how do you do these?
  • Show Your Colleges Some Love – More than 3/4 of all US colleges consider “demonstrated interest” in evaluating applicants.  How can you show your colleges that you’d really like to attend?

Take Care,

Patty

September 2017 Newsletter

Hello:

I hope you had a terrific summer!

Attached you’ll find your first issue of the 2017-18 College Planning Center’s Newsletter.  Articles include:

  • Do Rankings Really Matter? – how can you compare colleges with different programs and cultures?  Here’s a look at the ways different ranking systems approach finding “the best”.
  • Majoring in Anthropology – students of anthropology develop cultural sensitivity and respect for diversity, both of which are in high demand in our global society.
  • Keeping College Application Costs in Check – applying to numerous colleges gets very expensive. Here are five ways families can keep college application costs under control.
  • Making the Most of Your High School Years – high school should be viewed as a chance to explore your interests.  Some ideas to be sure you’re maximizing opportunities during high school.
  • The Early Application Dilemma – students often feel pressured to apply early to avoid falling behind.  Is Early Decision or Early Action right for you?

Enjoy and best wishes for a wonderful year!

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

April 2017 Newsletter

Happy Spring!

Below you’ll find your April issue of the College Planning Center’s Newsletter with articles focusing on these topics.

  • Social Media – Think Before You Post:  With about 40% of admissions officers now visiting applicants’ social media pages, students need to be careful about what they post.
  • Majoring in Electrical Engineering: If you’ve always been fascinated by cutting-edge technologies, majoring in electrical engineering or electrical engineering technology may be a good choice.
  • Appealing for More Financial Aid:  Dream college still unaffordable? Individual financial aid officers are empowered to make adjustments, if they are deemed warranted. Here’s how you should proceed.
  • How Parents Can Help Seniors Handle Rejection:  Denials are inevitable in an atmosphere of increasingly selective admissions, but there are techniques that parents can use to help their children deal with their disappointment.

Enjoy!

Patty

March Newsletter

Hello:

Your March issue of The College Planning Center’s Newsletter includes articles on:

  • College Admissions Courtship – Discover the ways in which college admissions is much like an old-fashioned dating ritual.
  • Majoring in Molecular Biology – Majoring in this field prepares students for a wide range of careers in scientific research, medicine, bioengineering, and biotechnology.
  • Comparing Financial Aid Packages – The bottom line in comparing financial aid packages is the final cost of your education to you and your family.
  • SAT or ACT?  Which is Right for You? – There are some important differences to consider before making your decision.

If you have any comments or questions please let me know.

Take Care,

Patty

February Newsletter

Greetings!

In the College Planning Center’s February newsletter you’ll find articles on:

  • Attending College in Canada – Learn about the benefits of a Canadian education.
  • Majoring in Women’s Studies – This major is well-suited to students who are interested in social justice.
  • Lost-cost Ideas for Summer Adventures – Think outside of the box.
  • The 5 “Ps” of Choosing Colleges – Decide what your priorities are in your college search.

If you know someone that can benefit from this information pass it along. As always, if you have questions or comments please contact me.

Take Care,

Patty

January Newsletter

Happy New Year!

I’ve attached your January 2017 issue of the College Planning Center’s Newsletter. This issue features articles on:

  • The Big University Experience – Learn about the benefits (and some of the drawbacks) to attending a college with an enrollment greater than 15,000.
  • Majoring in Animal Science – Discover the variety of career paths that await animal science majors.
  • Watch out for Scholarship Scams – Often families trying to find money to pay for college expenses fall victim to such scams; estimates of losses each year are in excess of a hundred million dollars.
  • Avoiding that Dread Disease: Senioritis – Every year, colleges around the country rescind admission offers. Don’t fall victim to senioritis!
  • Need Accommodations for the SAT or ACT – Here you’ll find recent changes to the process of getting accommodations for English Language Learners or students with disabilities.

Enjoy & Thank you,

Patty

December Newsletter

I hope things are going well for you as we head into the holiday season.  I’ve attached your December newsletter from The College Planning Center with articles featuring these timely topics:

  • Planning on Playing College Sports? – Prospective student athletes can discover what they need to do now if they plan to compete in college
  • Majoring in Communications –  Communications is a great fit for students who are interested in conveying information to others in innovative and creative ways.
  • Write your Way to a College Scholarship – Writing a really dynamite essay can pay off handsomely, and, unless the topic is unusually specific, essays can often be tweaked to fit the requirements of several contests.  Learn how here.
  • Using PSAT Results in Planning Testing Strategy – The real value in the PSAT is that it can provide you with a guide to your academic strengths and weaknesses and help you plan which tests to take and when to take them.
  • Your Applications are In – What Now? – You’re feeling the relief that comes as you complete your applications, but you’ve still got things to do as you await admissions decisions.

As always, please contact me with any questions or comments.

Enjoy!

Patty

 

November Newsletter

Hello:

Attached is the November 2016 Newsletter from The College Planning Center.  This month our articles address:

  • Selective Admissions – Selective schools are inundated each year by applicants with strong grades and testing; so what sets the admitted ones apart from those who are denied?
  • Majoring in Animation – Animators create the exciting and intriguing graphics and realistic special effects used in many industries.  How can you prepare to work in this career?
  • The CSS Profile – About 400 colleges, universities and scholarship programs require an additional financial aid form beyond the FAFSA.  The CSS Profile allows colleges to gather more information in order to award their own institutional funds to deserving students.
  • Acing the Interview – Although it’s common to be nervous about an upcoming college interview, approaching the interview as a
    conversation, where you and the interviewer are exchanging information, can actually make it fun.
  • How Colleges Evaluate Transcripts – admissions officers work hard to assess the multitude of transcripts as fairly as possible. Learn what they are looking for.

Please feel free to pass it on.  As always, please contact me with questions or comments.

Enjoy!

Patty