MAKING THE MOST OF SPRING BREAK
Many of my clients are enjoying Spring Break this week. Beaches on both coasts. Skiing. Mickey Mouse. Shopping. Spring Training. Even Staycations! The details of the trip don’t necessarily matter. For me, any trip is the perfect opportunity to visit a college campus. And that is exactly what I’ve encouraged my students to do!
If you call ahead or do a little research (see my previous resource from Edition 5 HERE), you can determine if a campus is allowing official visits. If it is, take the official tour! If the college isn’t allowing official visits, take an unofficial one! Drive through campus. Your student can tell a lot just from a drive – the architecture and landscape, the cohesiveness of the campus, the neighboring buildings (houses/businesses), the signs of campus life. If it seems that walking the campus is allowed, get out of the car and walk around. Observe faculty and students. Have lunch in a restaurant near campus. Engage with others if the opportunity presents itself. Ask lots of questions!
Visiting college campuses is one of my favorite things to do! It’s just one of the manners in which I collect information and resources for my students. And my weekly newsletter provides the perfect vehicle for sharing with you. 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!
Last week, my book selection was Colleges That Change Lives, and I noted that a non-profit organization – Colleges That Change Lives, Inc. (CTCL) – is dedicated to helping students find a college that develops a lifelong love of learning. CTCL is hosting a Virtual College Fair next week – Tuesday, March 23 and Wednesday, March 24. All events are free of charge and open to all students. There are nine sessions, featuring 36 colleges. Registration and more information can be found HERE. Note that you need to register for each session you are interested in attending.
A GREAT ARTICLE YOU MAY HAVE MISSED
Tomorrow, Netflix is releasing Operation Varsity Blues. While the docudrama highlights details of the college admissions scandal that took place two years ago, it sheds little light on the real work of Independent Educational Consultants. I’m proud to be an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), whose mission is to promote the highest quality independent educational consulting to students and families seeking skilled, ethical, academic guidance. The IECA Board recognizes that the general public may not fully understand what IECA is and what guides its actions. It has recently released six (6) “We Believe” statements that are meant to complement its mission and values as well as demonstrate IECA’s ongoing commitment to all young people. Find the “We Believe” statements HERE.
SOPHOMORES & JUNIORS: As soon as spring break is over, it’s time to start thinking about the college admissions process. And I would love to help! Let’s chat about how I can help you navigate the admissions process so that you actually find it enjoyable. 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!
8TH AND 9TH GRADERS: 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: All this writing about college visits has me thinking about big book resources. The Princeton Review publishes The Best 386 Colleges, and it has details you won’t find in other places. My favorite aspect is the lists of the top 20 colleges in 62 different categories. These rankings are based on students’ opinions of academics, campus life, facilities, and more. It’s definitely worth exploring what college students have to say!
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