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NEWSLETTER – Edition 72

IECA SPRING CONFERENCE

This week I’m in Philadelphia for the IECA Spring Conference. This is the first in-person conference in two years for the Independent Educational Consultants Association – and people are out in force. I was expecting several hundred people. There are more than a thousand! I’ve already learned so much – and have many more sessions to attend!

My favorite discovery from Day 1 is a new app called LOPER. Students use this app to explore colleges. After defining regional, setting, and size preferences, and adding some general information about grades, test scores, financial support, and academic interests, students ‘swipe’ through a variety of prompts to identify their priorities. The initial results kick-out with no school names attached! It forces students to contemplate ‘fit’ instead of immediately jumping to the institution’s reputation or their own preconceived notions. I love the approach and can’t wait to have my students use this tool to explore college options!

College offerings, Common App updates, FAFSA changes, scholarship searches, test-optional trends, student wellness – these topics and more are what I’m engaged in this week. In my role as a college admissions consultant, I want to provide the best service with the most up-to-date resources. That’s why I’m a member of IECA, and that’s why I’m in Philadelphia. If you’re interested in learning more about what I do, take a peek at the SCOUT website or give me a call at 405-906-7044!

Thanks for joining me! 

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GET INVOLVED: Are you looking to get more involved in the community? Teen Boards throughout OKC provide great opportunities for leadership experience, community service, collaboration, and making friends. Consider applying for the Children’s Hospital Foundation Teen Board.  Full Disclosure: I am an advisor to this board – and I think we have a ton of fun! Applications are due June 10th. Click the button below to learn more about this program and how to apply.

CURRENT FRESHMEN & 8TH GRADERS: Want to explore how you can make the most of your high school experience? I would love to help! Sign-up for a Road Map Session and get a personalized plan cultivated to help you shine. We’ll look at academics, activities, community impact, and much more! Click the button below if you’re ready to get started. 

JUNIORS: You’re days away from being Seniors! Are you thinking about college yet? Summer is the perfect time to start planning for the college admissions process! By starting now, you’ll have ample time to add the finishing touches to your résumé, explore lots of college options, and navigate the application process with ease. Click the button below if you would like more details.


EVERYONE: Join the new Facebook group – OKC College Conversations. This group is for OKC area students, parents, college counselors, and test prep professionals to discuss and share information about college. Information may include admissions, specific colleges, financial aid, scholarships, test prep, and other similar topics. Parents and students from anywhere in the OKC Metro are welcome. Public or Private Schools located in OKC, Edmond, Deer Creek, Piedmont, Moore, Midwest City, Jones, Norman, and neighboring towns. Invite your friends and family members Click the button below to join. It’s FREE! 

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