Presentation on theme: "] Maja Kelly College & University Counselor. PriorityStudentsParents #1Location #5 Program #4Size & Social life #3Familiarity #2Reputation Location Money."— Presentation transcript:
] Maja Kelly College & University Counselor
PriorityStudentsParents #1Location #5 Program #4Size & Social life #3Familiarity #2Reputation Location Money Reputation Safety Program & Outcome
Gap years Community colleges Foundation programs/degrees
College planning often leads to stress in the home Separation anxiety Pressure Arguments Anger
Fear of rejection Uncertainty about future Fear of independence Fear of disappointing parents Fear of humiliation Fear of growing up
Procrastination Laziness Frustration Lack of motivation Neglect of responsibilities
If you’re very lucky…
Renewed enthusiasm for school Intense bonding Volunteering for chores Spending time with family
Organization!! Keep a calendar of deadlines (and set your own) Provide a standing file for mail/ brochures Help create reasonable timelines Give your child some space Keep he pressure down and be realistic Be aware of how this process is influenced by/influences other children (younger and older)
Offer support… Be patient… Provide assistance…
REACH2-4 A school where Predicted IB/GPA/Test scores are LOWER than the average of admitted students POSSIBLE 4-6 A school where Predicted IB/GPA/Test scores are the SAME as average of admitted students LIKELY/SAFETY 2-4 A school where Predicted IB/GPA/Test scores are HIGHER than the average of admitted students
Come with a prepared list of questions! Do you look at the SAT Writing section of the test? Do you have a separate orientation program for international freshman? Do you provide airport pickup for international students? Do you have current students we can contact with questions about your school? If you were to live on campus, which dorms would you recommend and why? What percentage of your students are international? Do you have any students from _______? What kind of major changes are taking place on campus over the next four years? Do you have financial aid for international students? Scholarships for international students?
A concrete idea Visualization Fear removal A goal Excitement Fun!!!!
Importance of Deadlines SCIS has its own internal deadlines!! Photocopy everything Transcript Requests/Recommendation Requests Student part of application vs. school part Testing—SAT/TOEFL UPDATE NAVIANCE
Colleges and universities ask for: Schools to verify the information given in student applications Disciplinary histories Authenticity of student writing True and accurate recommendations Resume checks Impartial voices
UCAS Home Page UCAS Home Page https://www.commonapp.org/ https://www.commonapp.org/ ay ay Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada's Web site - Le site Web de l'Association des universités et collèges du Canada Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada's Web site - Le site Web de l'Association des universités et collèges du Canada
Assume most expensive/selective is best Leave process entirely to students Take over the process for the student Choose college only because of its academic record Think that “liberal arts” won’t lead to a job Don’t apply for scholarships/financial aid LEAVE THINGS TO THE LAST MINUTE!!
START EARLY!!!! APPLY EARLY!!!!!! USE THE SUMMER!!!!!! VISIT SCHOOLS!!!!!!!!! RESEARCH YOUR SCHOOLS!!! ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR WEAKNESSES AND EXPLAIN THEM!!!!!!!
Make an appointment with the counselor! Build student resume Identify and ask teachers who can/will write recommendations (2 for US schools; 1 for UCAS) Draft personal statement Research/create list of schools Visit/contact schools Discuss finances as a family Research/apply for scholarships available now Get copies and official translations (if necessary) of transcripts from previous schools Prep for/register/take SAT and TOEFL tests Register for the NCAA If applying UCAS: choose a course!!
The deadline are posted on the school calendar. SATs are relevant for students applying to: US Canada Asia English language unis abroad UK
Education (including any honors) * always first on resume Languages Sports Leadership roles Community Service Skills Work experience Extra-curricular (e.g.: drama, journalism, yearbook, musical training, etc.) All entries except Education should be listed starting with the most recent and put in order of importance to student
Counselor Naviance Web resources Print resources Former SCIS students University Handbook Family friends Student friends