NEWSLETTER – Edition 14


This week I finally got that chance to speak to the high school students at Classen School of Advanced Studies about the college admissions process (it had been postponed because of the February winter storms!). I was one of several speakers, and our collaborative efforts quickly reminded me of the some key points regarding the college admissions process:

Use solid resources. Books (Fiske, Princeton Review). College websites. College Board. US News & World Reports. Common App. To name a few.

Start early. The sooner, the better. Seriously – NOW is a good time to start. 

Work often. Make a to-do list. Then tackle something different each week. Chip away at your research of colleges by doing one in-depth dive each week. 

Ask for advice from others. Your guidance counselor should have a ton of information to share. Your teachers can inform your decisions about how to prepare and what to study when you get there. Perhaps your Dad’s best friend graduated from your dream school. Maybe your neighbor graduated two years ago and now attends a college you don’t know a lot about. Like animals? Talk to your family vet about the educational path for that career.  

Do YOU. Don’t concern yourself with what every other kid in your high school is doing. Figure out what you want and go for it. And if a 4-year college isn’t your thing, there are still lots of exciting options to consider! In OKC, Metro Tech, Francis Tuttle and OCCC all have thriving programs. 

I get pretty excited just thinking about finding the right college for each student. It’s what drives me to learn more about college options and the overall admissions process. It’s why I am committed to sharing with you each week through my newsletter. Here you’ll find the latest news from colleges, the biggest resource 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!   


Test Optional and Test Blind policies may stay around for the next several admissions cycles, but having SAT and ACT scores may still be important for merit aid, scholarships, and placement in various programs. Applerouth is a test-prep company. I’m not necessarily recommending that everyone go out and use a test-prep service. However, Applerouth is sponsoring a National Practice Test Weekend. On Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25, your student can take the SAT and the ACT online, at no charge. Afterwards, you’ll get a detailed score breakdown, access to strategy sessions, and help with creating a custom study plan. It’s free, and you get your scores without any obligation to purchase test-prep services. It’s a great opportunity to take these tests without the pressure of having an official score on the books. Find the details HERE


I’m a fan of checking out as many schools as you can. And the pandemic has actually made that easier. I am a proud member of the Great Plains Association for College Admission Counseling (GPACAC). This Thursday, April 8, GPACAC is hosting a Virtual College Fair, featuring more than 145 colleges and universities from around the world. And it’s free! Find the details and register HERE.


SOPHOMORES & JUNIORS: ‘Work often’ is the key to reducing stress. Starting now means you complete a little bit of the process each month instead of making a mad dash at the beginning of your student’s senior year. I would love to help your student find and fund the ideal college! You’ll find that my approach is individualized for your student and designed to keep all of 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: ‘Start early’ is one of my key recommendations. Now is the perfect time to build academic, personal development, and extracurricular strategies that will help you achieve college and life goals. Plus, getting started now allows us 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: ‘Do YOU’ is the idea resonating behind You’re Accepted: Getting into the Right College by Getting to Know Your True Self by Katie Malachuk. This book was recommended by someone who was also presenting to Classen SAS, and I couldn’t wait to read it for myself. This isn’t a step one, step two type of book. Instead, Malachuk gives you lots of questions to contemplate – such as “How large was your high school, and how did you feel there?”, “Do you need sunshine to feel happy on the inside?”, and “Are you cool with eating whatever comes your way?” With antidotes from her own experiences and those collected from her friends, Malachuk shows why it’s important to know the answers to these questions, and how the answers can affect your college search. Check it out!

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