Your child's future is the utmost concern. Ensuring he or she has the preparation, skills, and personal development for a successful career and a fulfilling life is your mission as parent. The college-bound family should be an informed consumer. Spending $50-200 thousand dollars on a college education without certainty about how that investment will pay off is too much of a gamble.
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Few families are exposed to anything but surface-level information about prospective colleges. Become an informed consumer! Be very cautious about investing 50-200 thousand dollars in a college education. Be certain that you receive value for your money. Don't follow the masses and then assume things will work out as hoped for. Each family must have convincing evidence about basic but crucial issues.
Is the school strong in the student's area of interest?
Most 18 year- olds do not know their future major. Few high school students and families explore the details of possible majors and how these might lead to a career path. Choosing a school without informed, developed plans for study is risky. What academic domains are... Read More »
The biggest and most common mistake application essay writers make is hiding themselves from the reader. In an application essay, you are writing in a personal tone. Be naked and honest! Let a reader get to know you. Paint a picture of some important pieces of your life. Let your personality shine through.
In the essays you write for English or history classes, you can distance yourself from the personal by using the 3rd person nomenclature. Not in a personal application essay! In the 1st person voice, what is written and implied is only you.
Interesting ideas, sharply worded sentences, correct word usage and writing mechanics are not only needed, but mandatory. To make a positive first impression on the reader, one... Read More »
Increasingly, letters of recommendation are the make or break element of the application. Many students and family underestimate the importance of receiving the "right" kind of recommendations. Admissions staff read recommendations very thoroughly, looking for hints or code words that will lead to insight about an applicant. To ensure that you receive helpful, detailed recommendations, you need to take the following steps:
Choose your recommend-ers carefully
- Ask yourself the following: Is this teacher relevant to my college course of study? Will this teacher take the time to have a conversation about my experiences, prospective colleges, prospective paths of study? Am I confident that he/she will write a detailed, honest account of my growth and my strengths and weaknesses? For counselors, you... Read More »