Welcome to the Fall edition of the college counselor newsletter corner!
I would like to welcome our student to another semester of challenges, learning experiences, and college searches. As student commence this semester in high school, it is vital for them to focus on planning for their college years. College decision making is a serious business and is one of a long series of decisions that will define the student’s career choice. The senior high school year is wonderful time with students filled with a wide range of emotions, expectations and plans. Senior year is a time spent reflecting back on all those years in the classroom while looking ahead to new adventures of college an future careers.
Finding colleges that fit the student’s needs begins with self-discovery. That means getting to know their interests, their goals and what is most important to them. Creating a college list is sometimes one of the most difficult components of this preparation. With this in mind, I would like to present four steps that high school students can follow in order to help them develop this list.
Ask yourself some questions:
What I am interested in?
How do I spend my free time?
What do I feel passionate about?
How do I learn best?
Visit the college search section of the www.collegeboard.com website. There you will learn about basic college categories and answer questions about your preferences.
Decide what matters most to you. For some students, sports and activities are very important. Other students want a challenging academic environment. Review your answers to the questions in step 1. Evaluate that they say about you and what you may like in a college.
Check out your individual profile of the colleges that you discovered in your College Search results in the collgeboard.com website. When you see a college you like click “add to the list” to save it to a favorite list. You can return to it later and refine your list as you go along.
Remember that you are now at a time in our life where you will need to take control and become organized. Keep your papers in order and keep a special calendar so that you do not miss deadlines. Above all do not procrastinate. If you organize yourself, the frantic times during the year will be easier to deal with.
Until Next time!