NEWSLETTER – Edition 9

10 REASONS WHY YOU NEED ME

I’ve spent a lot of time during the past week talking to parents and students about the reasons why you need a college consultant to help you navigate the admissions process. Here are the top ten reasons that come to mind:

10 – College is a significant expense. According to the College Board’s look at the 2017-2018 academic year, the average cost for tuition was $9,410 at an in-state public school, $23,890 for an out-of-state college, and $32,410 at a private school. For a four-year education, the average is $37,640 to $129,640. And that’s just tuition. You’ll also need to consider the cost of room and board, transportation, books and supplies, and basic living expenses.

9 – There are lots of college choices. There are 48 colleges in Oklahoma, and almost 4300 nationwide.  

8 – High School Counselors can’t do it all. On average, there is only one high school college counselor per 476 students. The average total time spent on college counseling with each high school student is 38 minutes. Six out of ten students receive no college counseling in their schools.

7 – Things are changing every day. It’s difficult to keep up with everything from standardized test formats to admissions requirements to conventional wisdom.   

6 – Building a high school resume is the first big step. No two resumes are alike. The best resumes include school activities as well as those found out in the community.  

5 – Narrowing the dream colleges to a manageable list requires some basic information. Location. Distance from home. Size. Degrees. Greek Life. Religious affiliation. 

4 – Applying to college is an exhaustive process. Early Action vs. Early Decision vs. Regular Decision. Resumes. Essays. Letters of Recommendation. Deadlines. Deadlines. Deadlines.  

3 – Finding money at your chosen college can be tricky. Some scholarships are automatically awarded. Others require an additional application. Can you qualify for merit-based and need-based scholarships? Are your scholarships stackable? And again … Deadlines. Deadlines. Deadlines.

2 – Outside scholarships are obtainable. First in your family to go to college? Majoring in education? US Government fanatic? There are thousands of scholarships available nationwide. And hundreds of thousands of dollars go unclaimed each year.  

1 – You’re feeling overwhelmed. Standardized tests. Grades. Resumes. In-state. Out-of-state. Applications. Deadlines. Supplemental requirements. Tuition. Other fees. Scholarships. When? Where? How?

My main priority is to address reason #1 and help you feel less stressed and more confident in the college search process. As your Scout, I achieve that by creating a PATHWAY for your family that provides information and resources specifically cultivated for your student. 

And my weekly newsletter is also all about providing information and resources.  Here 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

As Reason #7 notes, things in the world of college admissions are constantly changing. Writing for US News & World Reports, Josh Moody details “How to Find Admissions Statistics for College” and explains how this information is helpful in informing your opinions of where you might apply based on your chances of being accepted. It’s a crucial step in the college search process. Find the article HERE.  


A GREAT ARTICLE YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

As you might imagine, “54 Student Stress Statistics 2021/2022 Data” inform you of what high school and college students are going through in pursuit of higher education – including college admission, standardized tests, extra-curricular activities, and financial constraints.  In this article for FinancesOnline, Astrid Eira also gives a perspective into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on student stress, how it impacts mental health, and how students are coping. Find the statistics and explanations HERE.  


SCOUT-ING REPORT

CALLING ALL SOPHOMORES & JUNIORS: It’s the perfect time to start thinking about the college admissions process. Let’s start now. Let’s be intentional. Let’s explore all the options. Let’s find the ideal college experience for your student. And then let’s find a way to fund it! And when I say “let’s,” I mean that I would love to help! I welcome the opportunity to chat with you about how I can help you navigate the admissions process and actually enjoy the journey. My role is to reduce stress for you and your student. Don’t know where to start? Have too many resources at your fingertips but aren’t really sure which ones are necessary or even useful? That’s where my experience and expertise are at their best. My approach is individualized for your student and designed to keep you focused on the aspects that matter to your specific situation. Use the button below to connect with me and let’s get started today! 

ROAD MAP SESSIONS: Do you have an eighth or ninth grader? Need some help navigating the high school journey? I’m here to help your student build academic, personal development, and extracurricular strategies in an effort to achieve college and life goals. Plus, this is the perfect 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.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Have you decided to do the admissions process on your own but need help finding scholarships? I’m here to help you identify and apply for scholarships geared specifically for your student’s experience, interests, and strengths. The button below is specifically for help with finding scholarships. Let’s connect and find some funds! 

GAP YEAR EXPLORATION: Edition 7 of the Scout Newsletter was all about gap years. You can link to it HERE. And if you want to know how to create a meaningful gap year experience, I would love to help! Use the button below to connect with me and we’ll get to work! 

BOOK OF THE WEEK: I think you’ve probably already experienced enough stress regarding college admissions for this week. To lighten the mood, I highly recommend 3001 This or That Questions from the Editors at Chartwell Books. And make it a family affair! Would your crew rather have ‘Dinner for Breakfast or Breakfast for Dinner?’ Can you guess who would rather ‘Live in a Mansion in the Middle of the Desert or a Shack in a Tropical Paradise?’ And how many are willing to admit that they would rather ‘Be Famous and Poor’ versus ‘Anonymous and Rich?’ Sorting through the 3000+ questions is a great way to blow-off steam and experience a little family bonding. Enjoy!

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