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For many students aiming to go to college, high school is an incredibly important time to grow academically and personally while also creating their first resume. The college application process can be daunting with its many requirement and the increased competition to get into top schools. We are here to give you the guidance you need to make informed decisions on your journey to college and give you the edge you need to stand out among the competition. For first time college planning parents, we recommend following through the entire road map while more experienced parents can benefit from any specific section.
Step 1: Career Guidance/ College Selection
Going to college is career defining decision and may not be the correct course of action for everyone. However, if a college education is the goal, there are many paths and options to obtaining it. During this consultation we may discuss the different types of college degrees, majors, and a selection of colleges in an attempt to narrow down the goal of the student. Having a clear vision of the end goal creates a good foundation for the student's application.
Step 2: Course Selection & AP Courses
The proper course selection will not only challenge the student to grow academically but may also grant credits that can be used in college to save money on tuition. Carrying over from the previous step, knowing what kind of college degree the student is aiming for will help in determining which courses will be most beneficial and what AP courses would generally be accepted for that specific field.
During this consultation we will discuss the advantages of AP courses, how they apply to college, general course selection strategy, and how to maintain a high Grade Point Average (GPA) which is one of the core markers of a student's ability.
Step 3: ACT, SAT, and Subject Tests
The SAT and ACT are considered by many to be one of the most important aspects of a college application. These standardized tests create a level field for students distinguish themselves from the competition. This may seem overwhelming at first but the good news is there are thousands of resources to help prepare you for these tests. During this consultation we will discuss the difference between SAT and ACT, how to best prepare, external resources, and the importance of subjects tests associated with both.
Step 4: Essay Writing
After GPA and standardized test scores, the essay is the most important marker of a student's personality and character. The essay provides your only chance to introduce yourself to the college's admissions officer and you only get one submission. It is therefore crucial that essays are written well in advance with many reiterations and peer reviews. This consultation can be used at any point in the essay writing process. Whether it be discussing how to approach an essay prompt, technical writing assistance, or reviewing a written essay, we are here to help.
Step 5: Extracurricular and Volunteer Service
Though not required, extracurricular activity and volunteer service can add a lot to a college application. It is important to start early and follow the interests and passions of the student. After all, colleges are not looking for a "best" extracurricular but rather something the student is passionate about. The same goes for volunteer service. Rather look for a required number of hours, focus should be placed on volunteer organizations that resonate with the students. During this consultation, we may explore different extracurricular options that can pair with the student's goals and interests.
Step 6: Savings & Scholarships
Preparing to fund a college education is just as important as preparing to apply. It is even more imperative to understand all the financial options you have when applying to private or out of state colleges. During this consultation, we will discuss the different scholarships that students have access to, loan information, and saving plans.
While this is by no means an exhaustive guide, it is our hope that the road map will provide you with a path to success. Any questions or concerns not covered in these sections can always be discussed in our general consultations. Good luck!
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