NEWSLETTER – Edition 5

EXPLORING COLLEGES NEED NOT WAIT

So the pandemic has you stuck at home. Use this time to explore and research colleges. There are numerous books on the market (my favorite is noted below). There are hundreds of virtual tours. And now a few institutions are opening back up for in-person visits. One such school is pictured above – Southern Methodist University. You can find my recent visit notes HERE. And in today’s weekly update, you’ll find the latest news from colleges, the biggest story you may have missed, and a glimpse at what I’m doing at SCOUT to help students find and fund their ideal college experiences. Thanks for joining me 


COLLEGE NEWS

Getting cabin fever? Looking to visit some colleges over spring break? Yes, it’s true. Some campuses are welcoming visitors. College Kickstart is regularly updating its list, which includes the top 50 national universities and top 50 liberal arts colleges from the latest U.S. News rankings. Find the listing HERE. And keep in mind that most schools are currently offering virtual tours. It’s not perfect, but is does give you good general overview as well as specific details on some key programs and offerings. If you need help exploring colleges, please feel free to contact me. As always, I would love to help you find and fund your ideal college experience!


A GREAT ARTICLE YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

Jeff Selingo wrote an article last week for LinkedIn addressing the current economy and the job market awaiting college graduates. He says, “What is clear is that for learners of all ages breaking into the post-college job market is increasingly about the skills they possess, and less about where they go to school or their specific degree.” From Human Skills to Business Enablers to Digital Building Blocks, the article identifies 14 foundational skills for graduates. It also introduces the concepts of ‘target occupations’ and ‘lifeboat occupations.’ It is a fascinating read, and you can find it HERE.


SCOUT-ING REPORT

I’m having a blast with eighth and ninth graders! Road Map Sessions have proven to be the perfect way for families to take an initial look at college and life goals. Then, we work together to build academic, personal development, and extracurricular strategies to help the student pursue those goals. Plus, eight and ninth grade is the optimal time to identify scholarships, internships, and summer programs. My goal is to help you plan for a variety of aspects so that your student is positioned to make the most of high school opportunities and then poised to find and fund his/her ideal college experience. If you want to learn more about the Road Map Session, use the button below to set-up a no-cost / no-obligation call with me.

Book of the Week: This week is all about exploring colleges and my favorite first step is to grab Fiske Guide to Colleges 2021. A to Z, East Coast to West Coast, small to large, private and public, and everything in between. You will feel like a kid in a candy store as you explore 390+ colleges and universities in the search for your ideal. Happy Hunting!   

REMINDER: Scholarship dollars are still available for the Class of 2021. If your Senior has already been accepted to his/her ideal college and now needs help finding the funds to make that choice a reality, I can help. Don’t spend countless hours looking for scholarships and come away feeling overwhelmed. Instead, allow me to help you identify and apply for scholarships geared specifically for your student’s experience, interests, and strengths. Use the link to connect with me and we’ll get to work! 

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