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How to get
Your High School Student into
College in
4 Years or Less
Gretchen Zaitzeff & Holli Will University High School ...
The
Will Students
Plebe, US Naval Academy
Sophomore, Blair Academy
Senior, U-High
The Zaitzeff
Students
College Freshman, UMN
Eight grade, CJHS
PHD, U of M
Student teacher, EMU
College Junior, BYU
Sophomo...
Begin with
the end in
mind.
Stephen R. Covey, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective
People, Habit #2
As an adult, I see my ...
It doesn’t matter what path your student is on, as long as they are on a path.
About 80 % of students in the US end up cha...
Freshman Year
Focus
Focus on:
 Developing a four-year plan that meets the requirements for graduation,
has academic rigor and if needed, meet...
Sample
Resume
There are multiple ways to track
your students activities including
Career Cruising and Google
Docs.
Resumes...
Transcripts & School Report
 Ask for official copy of the transcripts
 Ask to delete unwanted test results
 Obtain a co...
Targeted Activities
INTERESTS
ABILITIES
VALUES
SERVICE
Service and Volunteerism is
the sweet spot for distinction
and scho...
What problem does
your student want
to solve?
Asked future interviewer.
The question is not what does
your student want to...
The 10,000 Hour
Rule
Champions are
made in the
off-season.
Said Every Coach Ever.
Investing time in a passion:
Academics
Cause
Extra-curricular...
Summer #1:
 Summer School
 Read Non-fiction
 Work/Volunteer
 Career Shadow
 Practice/Rehearse/Train
High-Interest Non...
Summer To Do List for Parents
 Read Study is Hard Work by William H. Armstrong
 & Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools...
Marketing for Student Athletes & Artists
 Personalize stationary including
letter head, business cards and
thank you note...
Service Academies:
 Go to Service Academy Forum in local area
 Apply to Academy Summer Programs
 5:1 Application proces...
Sophomore Year
Analyze
Analyze:
 Your student’s 4-year plan and refine
 Your student’s activities and eliminate or add
 Your student’s interes...
To AP or to not AP, that is the question.
PROS
 $95 is a bargain for 3-5 college
credits
 Shows academic rigor
 Challen...
Letters of Recommendation
 Your student will need at least three people willing to write
recommendation letters for camps...
TOUGH QUESTION #1:
Is my student academically and socially preparing for the rigor of
college and independent life?
If yes...
TOUGH QUESTION #2:
Is my student seeing a positive return on their time investments?
If yes, then stay on the path.
If not...
TOUGH QUESTION #3:
Does my student have/need a Plan B?
If yes, then research options. Gap year, vocational training, work-...
Summer #2:
 Test Prep
 College Research or Visits
 Read Non-fiction
 Work/Volunteer
 Career Shadow
 Practice/Rehears...
Summer #2--Athlete Specific:
 Take June ACT
 Sign up for recruiting sites (free)
 Captain U.com
 Berecuited.com
 Crea...
Junior Year
Plan
Plan the work
 Prepare a resume
 Narrow college list from 10-15 to 5-8
 Contact college departments for scholarship inf...
Summer #3:
 College Research or Visits
 Intensive Camp or On-campus Experience
 Read Non-fiction
 Work/Volunteer
 Pra...
Summer #3—Athlete Specific:
 July 1st is the first date that coaches can
contact your student.
 Level 1: Impact Player (...
Senior Year
Execute
It takes a Village
o Connect your student with professionals in
their fields of interest.
o Talk to faculty, family and fr...
Execute Your Plan: First Semester
 Narrow your student’s college list from 5-8 to 3-5 schools
 Prepare for and schedule ...
Early Decision vs. Early Action vs. Regular
Early Decision
 Binding agreement
 Application deadline in November
 Decisi...
Cost of
Attendance
 Published vs. Net Cost
 Need-Blind
 Family income is the most important consideration for
Federal F...
Financial Aid
 FAFSA—Federal Financial Aid: Opens October 1st
 CSS Profile
 Need vs. Merit Questbridge.org & Jack Kent ...
Breathe. Your student can go to a
college of their choice.
It just takes planning and preparation.
Be Flexible
Think
Outside
the Box
Where your student
goes to college is not
who they’ll be.
“80 percent of
American students go
to public colleges and
universities.”
Washington Post, April 5, 2016.
Top Colleges Cor...
Original Cast of Hamilton the Musical
Renee Elise Goldsberry Sasha Hutchings
BFA Carnegie Mellon, 1993
MM University of So...
Gretchen Zaitzeff
gzaitze@ilstu.edu
Holli Will
holliruns@gmail.com
2016 All rights reserved
Zaitzeff & Will
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How to get Your High School Student into College in 4 years or Less

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Gretchen Zaitzeff & Holli Will share their personal knowledge and experiences navigating the college admissions process with their high school students.

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How to get Your High School Student into College in 4 years or Less

  1. 1. How to get Your High School Student into College in 4 Years or Less Gretchen Zaitzeff & Holli Will University High School PSN September 2016 2016 All rights reserved Zaitzeff & Will
  2. 2. The Will Students Plebe, US Naval Academy Sophomore, Blair Academy Senior, U-High
  3. 3. The Zaitzeff Students College Freshman, UMN Eight grade, CJHS PHD, U of M Student teacher, EMU College Junior, BYU Sophomore, U-High College Junior, BYU
  4. 4. Begin with the end in mind. Stephen R. Covey, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Habit #2 As an adult, I see my student as:  Happy  Well-informed  Gainfully Employed  Industrious  Open-minded  Empathic  Engaged in Good Causes  Active  Balanced  Capable  Creative  Innovative  Fill in the blank_____________
  5. 5. It doesn’t matter what path your student is on, as long as they are on a path. About 80 % of students in the US end up changing their major at least once, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. On average, college students change their major at least three times over the course of their college career.
  6. 6. Freshman Year Focus
  7. 7. Focus on:  Developing a four-year plan that meets the requirements for graduation, has academic rigor and if needed, meets the criteria for NCAA eligibility  Exposing your student to interesting people and ideas through non-fiction reading, TED Talks, Khan Academy, Lynda.com, etc.  Becoming involved in targeted activities  Tracking and documenting everything
  8. 8. Sample Resume There are multiple ways to track your students activities including Career Cruising and Google Docs. Resumes are helpful when applying for service, employment, admission, letters of recommendation and scholarships.
  9. 9. Transcripts & School Report  Ask for official copy of the transcripts  Ask to delete unwanted test results  Obtain a copy of official school report  Read and become familiar with details
  10. 10. Targeted Activities INTERESTS ABILITIES VALUES SERVICE Service and Volunteerism is the sweet spot for distinction and scholarships.
  11. 11. What problem does your student want to solve? Asked future interviewer. The question is not what does your student want to do in the future, but rather what problems are they passionate about solving.
  12. 12. The 10,000 Hour Rule
  13. 13. Champions are made in the off-season. Said Every Coach Ever. Investing time in a passion: Academics Cause Extra-curriculars Fine Arts Music Sports Values Volunteerism
  14. 14. Summer #1:  Summer School  Read Non-fiction  Work/Volunteer  Career Shadow  Practice/Rehearse/Train High-Interest Non-fiction Recommendations (SAT/ACT Prep)
  15. 15. Summer To Do List for Parents  Read Study is Hard Work by William H. Armstrong  & Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges by Loren Pope  & The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College by Jacques Steinberg  Research Scholarships  Develop an organizational system for correspondence, copies of application, etc.
  16. 16. Marketing for Student Athletes & Artists  Personalize stationary including letter head, business cards and thank you notes  Self-identifying email inbox for corresponding with coaches and colleges— shared with parents/guardians  Dynamic resume  Vistaprint.com  Gmail.com
  17. 17. Service Academies:  Go to Service Academy Forum in local area  Apply to Academy Summer Programs  5:1 Application process  Apply to local congressman, both senators and Vice-President for nominations (Due November Senior Year)  Interview with Officer from Service Academy  Physical Readiness test (Coach Hampton)  January 31st: Hard deadline
  18. 18. Sophomore Year Analyze
  19. 19. Analyze:  Your student’s 4-year plan and refine  Your student’s activities and eliminate or add  Your student’s interests in career fields and target 10-15 colleges of interest  List of colleges visiting U-High
  20. 20. To AP or to not AP, that is the question. PROS  $95 is a bargain for 3-5 college credits  Shows academic rigor  Challenging teachers and curriculum  Can lead to Dual Enrollment opportunities or college classes CONS  College of choice may not provide any credit for high school AP classes; 4-5 to receive credit  AP tests may be more rigorous than actual college level class  May affect grade point average  Time commitment
  21. 21. Letters of Recommendation  Your student will need at least three people willing to write recommendation letters for camps and colleges  Compose a letter asking for letters of recommendation with links and deadline information  Include resume
  22. 22. TOUGH QUESTION #1: Is my student academically and socially preparing for the rigor of college and independent life? If yes, then stay on the path. If not, then consider a different path or alternative experiences and needed supports.
  23. 23. TOUGH QUESTION #2: Is my student seeing a positive return on their time investments? If yes, then stay on the path. If not, then reconsider their 4-year plan and activities. Make changes as necessary.
  24. 24. TOUGH QUESTION #3: Does my student have/need a Plan B? If yes, then research options. Gap year, vocational training, work- study, academic support, etc. If not, then stay on the path.
  25. 25. Summer #2:  Test Prep  College Research or Visits  Read Non-fiction  Work/Volunteer  Career Shadow  Practice/Rehearse/Train
  26. 26. Summer #2--Athlete Specific:  Take June ACT  Sign up for recruiting sites (free)  Captain U.com  Berecuited.com  Create and update personalize page  Create a video  Wesleybward@gmail.com  Attend summer camps at colleges  Establish relationships and demonstrate interest with schools  Step back as a parent  Register with NCAA Eligibility Center ($75)
  27. 27. Junior Year Plan
  28. 28. Plan the work  Prepare a resume  Narrow college list from 10-15 to 5-8  Contact college departments for scholarship information, on-campus days, and other recommendations  Research additional scholarships  Take the ACT/SAT and plan Subject Tests, if needed  Calendar application and scholarship deadlines for next year
  29. 29. Summer #3:  College Research or Visits  Intensive Camp or On-campus Experience  Read Non-fiction  Work/Volunteer  Practice/Rehearse/Train  Ask yourself and your student the tough questions again
  30. 30. Summer #3—Athlete Specific:  July 1st is the first date that coaches can contact your student.  Level 1: Impact Player (Contributes as a freshman)  Level 2: Program Player  Level 3: Contributor  Level 4: Non-contributor
  31. 31. Senior Year Execute
  32. 32. It takes a Village o Connect your student with professionals in their fields of interest. o Talk to faculty, family and friends about their experiences. o Consult a financial advisor. o Seek out alum online and in person.
  33. 33. Execute Your Plan: First Semester  Narrow your student’s college list from 5-8 to 3-5 schools  Prepare for and schedule auditions/try-outs/interviews  Take the ACT/SAT again  Know and meet all criteria and deadlines
  34. 34. Early Decision vs. Early Action vs. Regular Early Decision  Binding agreement  Application deadline in November  Decision in December  May increase your student’s chances, but not significantly  May be accepted, denied or deferred  May affect financial aid package Early Action  Non-binding  Application deadline in November  Colleges make an acceptance decision in December  Financial aid package in the spring
  35. 35. Cost of Attendance  Published vs. Net Cost  Need-Blind  Family income is the most important consideration for Federal Financial Aid.  The average discount for first-year students at private colleges is now a staggering 46 percent.  Reciprocity agreements allow for in-state tuition at out- of-state schools. (Midwest Student Exchange)  Check out the possibility of your student getting residency over time. (Finaid.org)  Merit scholarships are awarded basically by looking at a student’s grade point average, test scores and class rank. Tuition Fees Room Board Travel Other Expenses
  36. 36. Financial Aid  FAFSA—Federal Financial Aid: Opens October 1st  CSS Profile  Need vs. Merit Questbridge.org & Jack Kent Cooke Foundation  Private Scholarships 2012: Forbes Article  Department Scholarships  University Scholarships
  37. 37. Breathe. Your student can go to a college of their choice. It just takes planning and preparation.
  38. 38. Be Flexible
  39. 39. Think Outside the Box
  40. 40. Where your student goes to college is not who they’ll be.
  41. 41. “80 percent of American students go to public colleges and universities.” Washington Post, April 5, 2016. Top Colleges Corporate Recruiters Like the Best and Trust the Most: 1. Penn State 2. Texas A&M 3. The University of Illinois 4. Purdue 5. Arizona State 10. Carnegie Mellon 14. Cornell
  42. 42. Original Cast of Hamilton the Musical Renee Elise Goldsberry Sasha Hutchings BFA Carnegie Mellon, 1993 MM University of Southern California, 1997 BA Oklahoma City University, 2011
  43. 43. Gretchen Zaitzeff gzaitze@ilstu.edu Holli Will holliruns@gmail.com 2016 All rights reserved Zaitzeff & Will

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