WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT YOURSELF DURING THE PANDEMIC?
As we enter the final days of the academic year, we can also see the end of COVID – I hope! Seniors will be enjoying graduation ceremonies and parties. For juniors, sophomores, freshmen, and even eighth-graders, now is the ideal time to contemplate a school year impacted by COVID. It’s an important time to pause and reflect in earnest. Have your student take some notes on the following as it relates to COVID and school:
- What is something you really missed because of COVID restrictions?
- What is something new that came about because of COVID that you really like and want to keep going forward?
- What is something that went away because of COVID – and you hope it never comes back?
- What is one thing you learned about yourself during the pandemic?
While the written notes might remain private, take time to talk to your student to consider what these reflections say about the high school academic environment, and how it might inform a choice about college. There’s a lot more to the college experience than size and location.
In my role as a college admissions consultant, I can help you evaluate other college components such as educational culture, residential life, student resources, campus culture, and extracurricular activities. No two students are alike, and my approach to college admissions reflects that. I am definitely here to help! And that is just one of the reasons 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!
Cappex is an online tool for college admissions. In the midst of the pandemic, Cappex published an article, “How to Build Your College List From Home During COVID-19.” It does a good job of outlining the factors students should be considering, starting with academics, social fit, post-college, and financial cost. It then drills down further to encourage students to consider geography, extracurriculars, campus life, job prospects, job proximity, and graduate school. If you’re looking for a good overview, this article is perfect. Find it HERE. If you’re looking for a personalized plan to help you navigate the college admissions process, I would love to help! Give me a call at 405-906-7044.
A GREAT RESOURCE YOU MAY HAVE MISSED
I think everyone has been doing a bit of reflecting during the pandemic. For many families, it has been a time to reset and re-establish priorities. This overall resetting mindset is what drew me to the “Turning The Tide” report. Created by the Making Caring Common project under the direction of The Harvard Graduate School of Education, this report reimagines the ideal high school student, where achievement pressure is reduced and caring for others becomes a priority. The report offers specific ways for reshaping the college admissions process, including having students engage in these ways:
1 – Meaningful, sustained community service
2 – Collective action that takes on community challenges
3 – Authentic, meaning experiences with diversity
4 – Service that develops gratitude and a sense of responsibility for the future.
To read the report’s executive summary, click HERE.
I had the opportunity to talk with fifteen (15) College Admissions representatives this week. All are eager to recruit students from Oklahoma City. If you’re interested in any of the schools listed below, let’s connect and explore together:
Arizona State University
George Mason University
Pennsylvania State University
Stony Brook University
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Maryland (again!)
University of Pittsburgh
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
SOPHOMORES & JUNIORS: COVID has had a major impact on your high school career. Now is the time to reflect on that impact and articulate how it is going to influence your decisions about college. Let me help! As always, my goal is to help you find and fund the ideal college experience! 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: It’s never too early to start reflecting and gaining self-awareness. Let work together to explore some key factors that should be influencing your high school career as well as your college search. Together, we will build academic, personal development, and extracurricular strategies that will help you achieve college and life goals. 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: What Color is Your Parachute? has been in print since 1970. Different variations have been published along the way, including What Color is Your Parachute for Teens by Carol Christen and Richard N. Bolles. And just last month, What Color is Your Parachute? For College by Katharine Brooks was published. The teen version is directed towards helping you “Discover Yourself, Design Your Future, and Plan for Your Dream Job,” whereas the college version is subtitled is “Pave Your Path From Major to Meaningful Work.” Both versions offer great tools for self-discovery as well as helpful hints regarding resumes, internships, and social media. Summer is the perfect time to explore all the possibilities of college and beyond!
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