NEWSLETTER – Edition 26


Today is my birthday. And somehow that means my mom can wrangle me into writing this week’s newsletter. Go figure! 

I graduated from high school in 2013. At the time, my family lived in Tucson, Arizona. I was determined to leave the desert and did not apply to a single school within the state. Somehow, my college search became a family affair. We used summer breaks after my freshman, sophomore, and junior years to explore colleges near our vacation spots. I can tell you anything you might want to know about colleges in Arizona, Southern California, Georgia, Iowa, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, and Washington. The summer before my senior year, I made a list of colleges I wanted to explore further, and my younger siblings helped me do research. All in all, I applied and was accepted to nine schools – Alabama, Baylor, Creighton, Oklahoma, Pacific, Seattle Pacific, SMU, and Washington. Quite the broad list, yet my mom would want me to mention that I would have happily gone to any of them. Throughout the process, there was never one leading favorite. It changed all the time. 

Visiting campuses was crucial for me. As I did one final grand tour with my Dad, he encouraged me to consider if I ‘saw myself’ on each particular campus. In a way, I pictured a different ‘me’ on each campus. And in the end, I just had to decide which ‘me’ I wanted to be as I headed into adulthood. 

The other aspect that ended up being crucial for me was my high school experience. The classes I took, the grades I made, the activities I did, the leadership opportunities I pursued – they all opened doors for me when I got to college. And somehow, my mother knew this all along. She was the one helping me make the most of high school. Just know that colleges want you to be involved on campus. So, they look at what kinds of things you did in high school to get an idea of what you might do in college. 

Without a doubt, I know that my mom loves the college admissions process. I think I was probably her guinea pig for SCOUT – and I can definitely say that she helped me find and fund my ideal college experience. She’s learned a lot since I left Tuscon and headed to OU in the Fall of 2013. Let her use that knowledge and experience to help you!  





All this talk about visiting colleges, and maybe you don’t know where to start. Try reading 14 Tips for an Effective College Visit by Ryan Lytle and John Moody for US News & World Report.  Or another great read is: Get the Most Out of Your College Visits by The Princeton Review. Both resources provide practical, straightforward advice on how to approach this part of the college admissions process, and how to execute it well. 


SENIORS: Developing your final list? Visiting campuses in person or virtually? Need help navigating all the steps? I am here to 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!      

JUNIORS: Grayson found that summer was the perfect time to visit campuses, explore college offerings, and begin to form a list of possibilities. Let me help you do the same! Public. Private. In-state. Out-of-State. I can help you build a list of options that is just right for you. Use the button below to connect with me and let’s explore together!       

FRESHMEN & SOPHOMORES: Follow Grayson’s lead and start exploring all aspects of college now!  I would love to help you 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, use the button below to set-up a no-cost / no-obligation call with me.

BOOK OF THE WEEK: Grayson is a big Malcolm Gladwell fan, so it seems appropriate to highlight Outliers: The Story of Success in his honor this week. Gladwell asks, “What makes high-achievers different?” This is the book where Gladwell first introduces his thoughts on the 10,000-hour rule. Overall, he challenges our perspective of what makes a person a high achiever by looking at their life experiences and commitment to practice. It’s a fascinating read!

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