What do you know about The University of Texas, The University of Illinois, and The University of Southern California? Would you be surprised to know that all three rank in the Top 10 for undergraduate accounting programs (according to US News & World Reports)?
What about Amherst College, The City University of New York, and The University of Washington? According to Forbes, these three schools rank in the Top 10 for Best Value (or return on investment).
What about Stanford and Yale? Both are pretty much equal distance from OKC – about 23 hours by car.
Did I tell you anything that you didn’t already know? I’m hoping that something I wrote changed your view, challenged your assumptions, or expanded your understanding of college offerings. What I hope to illustrate is how easy it is for students to have a limited and misinformed perspective about colleges – and college admissions. Maybe your student has some exposure, but he lacks the full picture. Perhaps she is relying on personal experience. Or maybe he is heavily influenced by social media. It may be possible that values come from what she hears and observes among friends. In all of those cases, the view is understandably narrow. And this narrow view inevitably leads to poor decision-making and unnecessary anxiety.
I am here to help enhance your perspective. 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!
Post-COVID, how will the university picture change? The Deloitte Center for Higher Education Excellence and Strada Education Network have a few thoughts. Their recent contributors contemplate “The Hybrid Campus,” and three important shifts: (1) a rethinking of the academic portfolio, (2) redefining the student experience for lifetime learning and success, and (3) a reshaping of campus work, workforce, and workplace. Read and formulate your own thoughts. Find the article HERE.
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Still contemplating summer plans? TeenLife is an online directory for teen academic and enrichment opportunities. Their recent blog features the “Top 100 Most Popular Summer Programs for 2021.” You can sort the list by category, including: academic, arts, business/entrepreneurship, leadership, community service, health & wellness, language, outdoor adventure, STEM, and travel/culture. Find the program details HERE.
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.
BOOK OF THE WEEK: Colleges That Change Lives is the book that started a movement. Author Loren Pope (and later Hilary Masell Oswald) sought to change the way people thought about colleges by dispelling popularly held myths and challenging the conventional wisdom about college choice. There is now a non-profit organization – Colleges That Change Lives, Inc. – dedicated to helping students find a college that develops a lifelong love of learning and provides the foundation for a successful and fulfilling life beyond college. The book and the website are great resources to use at the beginning of your college search. Some of the 40+ colleges include: Austin College (less than 3 hours from OKC), Southwestern University (Texas), Hendrix College (Arkansas), and Rhodes College (Tennessee). Dive in!
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