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  • Preparing for college must be a partnership of parents, educators, counselors, community organizations to equip high school students to prepare for college.
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  • Miami University Senior year of high school
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    • 1. Ashley Hill, MPH
    • 2. Every Success Begins as a Thought!
    • 3. Thoughts => Behavior Approach to the college preparation process Perspectives about college life
    • 4. Challenges Lack of key skills – reading comprehension, critical thinking, research, and writing skills Low exposure to the college setting before starting college First generation students Unrealistic expectations (more emphasis on independence – grades, communication with college)
    • 5. You need an advantage! Over 4 million high school students graduate from college each year in the US with millions of students applying to college. You must stand out from the crowd!
    • 6. The Partnership
    • 7. How do we solve them? Right tools (strategies) + develop key skills +exposure to college setting early in high school = success!
    • 8. College Preparation Process  College Application Grades Courses ACT/SAT Admission Essay Major Selection Volunteer Internships  College Selection  FAFSA
    • 9. How early do I start the collegeprep process? The college preparation process should begin by the 6th grade! Grades 6-8 => Focus on skill development Grades 9-12 => Focus on maintaining skills and putting together college application
    • 10. Grades How do you learn best? Visual, Auditory, ManipulationsWhat do you do if your grades are low? Be honest with yourself – distractions, lack of study skills, not understanding materialTake action – tutoring, change study habits
    • 11. Courses If possible, take additional courses to give you an advantage with your college applications Take college prep level courses
    • 12. ACT/SAT Practice makes perfect! SAT Subject II Tests Talk with counselors about possible financial assistance with paying for tests College admissions staff take these scores very seriously when looking at your college application Perfect scores (ACT=36, SAT=2400)
    • 13. ACT/SAT Resources (SAT) (ACT) Keep up with the changes!
    • 14. Admission Essay Be unique! Discuss experiences that will help admission staff to understand why you want to go to college and what you hope to gain from your college experience Have other people to proofread it. Watch out for spelling and grammatical errors
    • 15. Major Selection Your major may not necessarily match your future career Interests, Skills Minors and certifications
    • 16. Volunteer/Internships Start in your community! Develop organization skills and may actually find your ideal college major or career Make a goal to volunteer at least 30 – 50 hours between 9th and 12th grade. If necessary, create your own opportunities!
    • 17. College Selection Location Cost Safety measures – Virginia Tech Majors offered Meal plan Extracurricular activities What matters to you?
    • 18. Paying for College College is an investment in your future! Start with the FAFSA form! Scholarships, Grants, Loans Scholarships are ideal – start early! Grants – you don’t have to repay these back Use loans as a last resort! (Parent loans vs. student loans)
    • 19. Paying for College __%: Percentage of teen girls who are stressed about finding a way to pay for college (verses __% of teen boys). Teen girls are also more likely than boys to have feelings of depression or fear, fights with family, and fights with friends because of money. SOURCE:  2009 survey completed by Bank of America  and Seventeen.
    • 20. Role of parents and college costs Should parents pay for all college costs? Who is responsible for repaying student loans – parents or students?
    • 21. More statistics _%: Number of teens who have had to alter their college plans in some way because of the current economic downturn. _%: Percentage of teen girls who think that their parents should bail them out of a tough money situation, no matter how old they are. SOURCE:  2009 survey completed by Bank of America  and Seventeen.
    • 22. PSEO Program Allows high school students to take high school and college courses Free program Must maintain B average in all classes Exposure to the college setting
    • 23. Special Admissions Process Student Athletes Keep track of meetings with recruiters, coaches Organizational Skills “The Arts” – music, dance, theater, art You will be required to audition
    • 24. Homeschool Students Get involved! Take the initiative and seek out summer bridge programs for a smooth transition to college
    • 25. Students with disabilities There are resources on campus for you – note takers, tutors, additional time on testing, and other special accommodations
    • 26. Beyond Academic Relationship with God – connect with church in the area Self-Identity Health Self-management skills – responsibilities, finances (budgeting) Relationships (dating, friendships, professional)
    • 27. Final Words for Parents Partnership Support
    • 28. Final Words for Students It’s a process – take it one step at a time Take control of your future Seek resources and use them! Be confident
    • 29. Contact Information
    • 30. Resources Community (Church)