Thoughts => Behavior Approach to the college preparation process Perspectives about college life
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)
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!
How do we solve them? Right tools (strategies) + develop key skills +exposure to college setting early in high school = success!
College Preparation Process College Application Grades Courses ACT/SAT Admission Essay Major Selection Volunteer Internships College Selection FAFSA
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
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
Courses If possible, take additional courses to give you an advantage with your college applications Take college prep level courses
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)
ACT/SAT Resources http://www.collegeboard.org/ (SAT) http://www.act.org/ (ACT) Keep up with the changes!
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
Major Selection Your major may not necessarily match your future career Interests, Skills Minors and certifications
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!
College Selection Location Cost Safety measures – Virginia Tech Majors offered Meal plan Extracurricular activities What matters to you?
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)
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.
Role of parents and college costs Should parents pay for all college costs? Who is responsible for repaying student loans – parents or students?
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.
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
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
Homeschool Students Get involved! Take the initiative and seek out summer bridge programs for a smooth transition to college
Students with disabilities There are resources on campus for you – note takers, tutors, additional time on testing, and other special accommodations
Beyond Academic Relationship with God – connect with church in the area Self-Identity Health Self-management skills – responsibilities, finances (budgeting) Relationships (dating, friendships, professional)