NEWSLETTER – Edition 30


It’s that time of year. Everyone is complaining about the heat – including me. But the heat is actually a good conversation starter with my students: Does the weather impact where you want to go to college?

I spent ten years living in Seattle, WA – and lots of kids from Seattle gravitate to colleges in sunny Southern California and Arizona. I then spent ten years living in Tucson, AZ – and kids from there flock to the (cooler) northern part of the state, but also to all parts of California. In Oklahoma, we don’t tend to see lots of decisions being made based on weather and yet, there are so many other factors that come into play. A few possibilities include:

• Big-Time Athletics

• Cultural Events

• Good Fitness Facilities

• Internships

• Learning Disability Support

• Research Opportunities

• Good Food

• Bike Friendly Campus

See anything you like? Well, I can certainly help you find those things! My personal knowledge about colleges and their offerings comes from research, professional resources, and experience. And my weekly newsletter provides the perfect vehicle for sharing that information with you. Here is where 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!




The best college fit starts with the student. I often introduce Corsava to help students discover what’s important to them by using a fun, interactive approach. Used online or in person, Corsava helps students build a clear path and take ownership of the college selection process. Plus, it’s a way for families to get on the same page early while finding the best college fit for their students.

Corsava does this by asking questions that help you discover your deeper preferences so you can find your best college fit. Do you want to be surrounded by fellow students who love the great outdoors? Do you learn best through discussion-based classes? Discover what matters most to you. Students can find a free version HERE. For enhanced results, contact me and let’s start exploring together.


FRESHMEN & SOPHOMORES: Your search for the ideal college might start with looking at extracurricular activities: Athletics (to play and/or watch), Debate, Community Service, Study Abroad, Clubs & Activities. College is really just a logical extension of what you’ve been doing in high school. Choose things that you love and that help you grow. My goal in working with high school freshmen and sophomores is to help students plan for a variety of aspects so that they are positioned to make the most of high school opportunities and then poised to find and fund ideal college experiences. If you want to learn more, use the button below to set-up a no-cost / no-obligation call with me.

JUNIORS: By now, your search for the ideal college has likely extended to residential life: Size (small, medium, large), Setting (rural, suburban, urban), Location (close to or far from home), Weather (snow vs. sunshine), Campus Culture (conservative, liberal, environmentally focused, emphasis on social justice, politically active, LGBTQ+). Decisions on these aspects of college are an important step, but don’t forget to stay focused on your high school journey. I would love to help in making sure you’re focused on the right things and taking advantage of the opportunities that will enable you to shine during the college admissions process. Use the button below to connect with me and let’s make a plan together!         

SENIORS: As a senior, you’ve narrowed down the college list that includes your perfect combination of extracurricular activities and ideal version of residential life. But now it’s crucial to consider academics and student resources. What will you study? How much access will you have to professors? How much career advising is available? Will you get credit for your AP classes? And ultimately, how will you pay for it? Let me help! As always, my goal is to help you find and fund the ideal college experience! My approach is individualized for you 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!

BOOK OF THE WEEK: What’s the best way to explore all the different college offerings? Find a big book resource. A great place to start is The Best 386 Colleges published by the Princeton Review. 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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