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

March 2020 Newsletter

Greetings!
Attached you’ll find your March issue with articles that address:

  • Spring Admissions – Universities often manage enrollment through a number of alternate entry plans, with spring admission being a fast-growing option. For many students, being a spring first-year can be a wonderful opportunity. You can treat the fall semester ‘off’ like a mini-gap year and explore your many options.
  • Majoring in Genetics – A genetics major provides the knowledge base necessary for many specializations in biology. Graduates can find careers in a variety of fast-growing fields.
  • Appealing Your Financial Aid Award – If your first-choice college offers everything you want but the price tag is making you cringe, don’t give up hope; consider appealing your financial aid award. We tell you how here.
  • Selecting High School Classes – Juniors and underclassmen are asked to select next year’s program around this time of year. Remember to take classes that give you a solid foundation so you can be ready for college-level math, writing, and science classes. Read more to pick the program that is best for you.

Enjoy!
Patty

February 2020 Newsletter

Hello
Attached you’ll find your February issue with articles that you may find helpful.

  • School Year Campus Visits – Although many families opt for visiting college campuses during summer vacation, the school-year visit offers a truer look at student life on campus. You’ll see students walking between classes, eating in the cafeterias, sleeping on the green, studying in the library and just enjoying each other’s company. This is the best way to determine a social fit.
  • Majoring in Metallurgical Engineering – Did you memorize the periodic table for fun? Did you enjoy your chemistry or physics labs? Is math your thing? If so, you might consider majoring in metallurgical engineering.
  • Understanding Net Price – Families often experience sticker shock when contemplating the cost of college, but it’s the net price, rather than the sticker price, that prospective students need to consider.
  • Elite Summer Programs – About this time, students’ mailboxes begin to fill up with fancy “invitations” to elite summer programs. These sound like an honor, but are they? Will attending one of these programs give you an edge in the selective admission process?


Enjoy!
Patty

January 2020 Newsletter

Greetings! Wishing you a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year!
Your January newsletter is attached. Articles feature:

  • University or LAC – Which is Right for You? Learn here about the differences. Then, decide what you require to meet your academic and personal needs and review answers to your questions after visiting both a small college and a large university.
  • Majoring in Food Sciences – Do you read the nutrition facts on the back of your cereal box in the morning? If so, a food science major might be for you.
  • Cutting the Cost of College – With the increasingly high price of college education, families are eager to find ways to cut college costs. Here are some ideas.
  • Receiving Accommodations on ACT/SAT – It can be confusing for students with learning differences to apply for accommodations. Students must provide detailed official evidence of their disability. This includes a disability diagnosis by a credentialed professional, and official evidence of the impact the disability has had on the applicant’s school performance. Follow our roadmap.

Enjoy!
Patty

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