NEWSLETTER – Edition 31


I love back-to-school season! My youngest is heading off to her sophomore year of college, so it’s not quite like having a high school student in the house. But I love it just the same. It’s the perfect time for a fresh start. New clothes. New school supplies. And my favorite – the new calendar planner! I love the fresh, clean pages – each just begging for to-do lists, appointments, and nuggets to inspire and motivate me.

Those thoughts carry over to my work. My role as a college consultant involves working with high school students – helping them stay organized by adopting my strategic to-do lists, assuring the process is manageable by meeting with them at key times, and being their coach and #1 cheerleader. It’s work that I love. And I am continually growing in my role as I visit colleges, collaborate with college admissions counselors, engage in training, and collect resources.

And I’m thrilled to have a weekly newsletter as the perfect vehicle for sharing all that new 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!




Last week ACT announced that it is streamlining eligibility requirements for students who have IEPs and 504 plans. The change simplifies and expedites the process for requesting testing accommodations. Now, students with IEPs and 504 plans will automatically be eligible to receive the allowable testing accommodations when they register for the ACT with accommodations. More information can be found HERE.


This resource falls under the category of “oldie but goodie.” Writing for US News & World Report, Courtney Rubin and Josh Moody encourage students to “Avoid These Big College Application Mistakes.” From reading the directions to not waiting until the last minute, their tips are timeless and worth reviewing several times over. Find the article HERE.

And I’m providing these resources just because it’s always nice to have them at your fingertips:

SAT – Fall testing dates include August 28, October 2, November 6, December 4

ACT – Fall testing dates include September 11, October 23, December 11

Common Application – now open and accepting applications

Coalition for College Application – now open and accepting applications



“The Explorer” is a blog heading within SCOUT that I use to share my thoughts on the colleges I have visited. This summer, I had the opportunity to visit Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. Check it out HERE.

You can also click to see The Explorer – Southern Methodist University (SMU) and The Explorer – The College of Charleston

FRESHMEN & SOPHOMORES: 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: 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 next fall. Use the button below to connect with me and let’s make a plan together!           

SENIORS: College admissions season has officially started! Applications are open and I would love to help you complete the process from beginning to end. 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. Don’t stress! Just use the button below to connect with me and let’s get started today!

BOOK OF THE WEEK: Dr. Aviva Legatt’s book releases tomorrow, and focuses on the current buzzword in college admissions: AUTHENTIC. I had the opportunity to review Get Real and Get In: How to Get Into the College of Your Dreams by Being Your Authentic Self this past spring. Like many other books and articles in the last few years, this one is designed to encourage a shift in the mindset of students. The focus falls on discovering your passion and using the impact of that passion to separate yourself from other candidates. The book is filled with exercises and inspirational stories designed to spur the reader to action. High school students in all grades will benefit from the ideas expressed in this book. Find your passion and use it for the greater good!

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