The Angular Student: Use your Strengths to Stand Out in the College Admissions Process.
Are you a musical athlete or an athlete turned actor? Are you political musician or a dancing doctor? The college admissions process has become increasingly competitive, however students who understand their strengths and focus on finding the best “fit” will have a clear advantage in the admission process.
This interactive seminar will introduce The College Application Wheel™ to help you figure out your unique angle for success. We will walk through several case studies of students how found their unique angle and how they successfully communicated it to colleges.
What to Expect When You’re Applying
Learn how to focus on your strengths and minimize stress and excess time spent in the process. This interactive workshop will walk you through an activity and strengths’ assessment and you will leave with a concrete action plan for how to maximize your remaining high school career. Topics will also include:
- A college timeline by grade
- How your activities reflect your strengths
- SATs. ACTs, APs, IBs, and SAT Subject tests: what’s the difference and when should I take them?
- How to use your summers to your advantage
- How best to position yourself for the right college in terms of classes, activities, testing, etc.
- Parent vs. Student expectations and how to get on the same page
The College Tour…Where to go and what to do when you get there
Are you starting to think about colleges? Do you get overwhelmed by all the choice….school size, geographic location, private vs. public? This seminar will help you identify the key areas to think about when deciding on what colleges to visit, provide tips on how to plan the trips effectively and what you can do while you are there. We will cover the following topics:
- How to organize visits, e.g. timing and activities
- Best time to visit college for sophomore, juniors, and seniors
- Questions to ask during your visits
- How to tailor the visit based on your needs, e.g. athletics, performing or visual arts, special needs, etc.
- What to do when you are there
- College visit tools to help plan your trips efficiently
This seminar is ideal for sophomores and juniors (and seniors if presented in the fall)
Using the Essays to tell Your Story
The essay portion of the application allows you to tell your story to admissions. But what if you have more than one story to tell? Learn how you can use the main personal statement and supplemental essays to communicate a full picture of who you are as a person. We will cover the following topics:
- How to develop a voice and identify a topic for your main personal statement
- The growing importance of supplemental essays and how to craft answers that help you stand out
- How and when to use the additional information section
There will be plenty of time to ask questions.
We can also do a longer multi-day Essay Boot Camp where students have the opportunity to brainstorm, write, revise and walk away with a draft of their main essay.
Owning the Application Process: Developing your College List without Going Broke
The cost of college has continued to outpace the cost of living increases on all counts. Finding the right college that best meets your needs and is likely to accept you is a challenge. It’s even more challenging to find a good “financial fit.” This interactive workshop will:
- Describe the different types of financial aid available and terms used in the process
- Demystify the financial aid process
- Shed light on how to find a good financial fit
- Develop a plan to graduate college without crippling debt
- Create a framework to “Have the Talk” about money!
This interactive seminar will use The College Application Wheel™ to help you figure out your unique angle for success and how best to target merit scholarships.
We will walk through several case studies of actual students who addressed their college search in a financially strategic way. We will also identify opportunities for students in this market who do not have any financial constraints.
Applying to College for Students with Learning Differences: Self Advocacy is Key
The transition from high school to college or post secondary programs can be a challenge, particularly for students with learning differences. There are numerous options and services available to help students with learning differences succeed in the college environment. This workshop will identify:
- How to self advocate
- The different types of post secondary and college options available to students with learning differences.
- Services and technology available to help students succeed in high school and college
- When and what to disclose in your application
- Documentation required to have access to these services
- Tips to assure a successful transition to a college environment
Applying to College for Students with Mental Health Issues: Acceptance and Management Techniques for a Successful Transition
The college admissions process is confusing on its own, but requires extra steps when searching for colleges for students with mental health issues. This seminar will help parents think through the following issues:
- How do mental health issues impact the college search?
- What does the family need to do when student is still at home to facilitate a successful transition?
- What to disclose/not disclose in the application and what to disclose after admission.
- What questions to ask once they have been accepted?
- What should families do before the student leaves for college?
- How can families prepare for a successful transition?
- What are parents’ rights and student’s rights once the student is in college?