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  • For a lot of parents, thinking about everything involved with getting their children into college is overwhelming. It is easy for a lot of people to try to ignore the topic, until the child is a junior or senior in high school and they feel forced to now have to deal with everything involved. And even then, a lot of parents don’t have all the information they need to help their children through what may seem like a complicated process. Today I am going to lay out for you some general information that can get you more involved in helping yourself and your children prepare for college. Although I can’t answer all the specifics that are involved in the process, I want to provide you with a foundation that allows you to take a more active role in the process and can feel a little bit more knowledgeable about how you can help your family get into the position you would like to be in.
  • Preparing For College Colorado Web

    1. 1. Preparing for College Chrystal D. Porter, Ed.S. College Strategies LLC 2006
    2. 2. I think I want to go to college!
    3. 3. The Benefits of Attending College <ul><li>Employability </li></ul>
    4. 4. The Benefits of Attending College <ul><li>Employability </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Goal </li></ul>
    5. 5. The Benefits of Attending College <ul><li>Employability </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Goal </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul>
    6. 6. The Benefits of Attending College <ul><li>Employability </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Goal </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Salary </li></ul>
    7. 7. MORE EDUCATION can equal MORE INCOME Professional $114,878 Doctorate $93,033 Masters $67,073 Bachelors $51,568 Associates $36,021 Some College $30,173 HS Grad $28,631 HS Dropout $19,473 < 9 th Grade $19,041 Average Yearly Income 2004 Source U.S. Census Bureau
    8. 8. Plan now?! We have plenty of time .
    9. 9. Elementary School <ul><li>Complete Homework </li></ul><ul><li>Learn to study </li></ul><ul><li>READ </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for help </li></ul><ul><li>Equate education with career opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Career role playing </li></ul>
    10. 10. Middle School <ul><li>Take classes in: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Math </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Science </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Further develop skill set </li></ul>
    11. 11. High School <ul><li>2/3 of 8 th graders plan to finish college </li></ul>
    12. 12. High School <ul><li>Only 1/3 of High School students take college prep courses </li></ul>
    13. 13. High School <ul><li>You CANNOT enter college without college prep courses </li></ul>
    14. 14. Recommended College Prep Courses <ul><li>English 4 years </li></ul><ul><li>Mathematics 3 years (Algebra & above) </li></ul><ul><li>Natural Science 3 years (with lab experience) </li></ul><ul><li>Social Science 3 years </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign Language 2 years (same language) </li></ul><ul><li>Other-visual arts, music, theatre, drama, computer science, etc. </li></ul>
    15. 15. In Addition… <ul><li>Learn keyboarding </li></ul><ul><li>Learn to take good notes </li></ul><ul><li>Learn to correct/ revise written work </li></ul><ul><li>Develop test-taking skills </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a daily homework schedule </li></ul><ul><li>READ </li></ul><ul><li>Talk with family and friends about career plans (& find opportunities) </li></ul>
    16. 16. Throughout High School <ul><li>Rigorous academic courses: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>English </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foreign Language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mathematics (Algebra or higher) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Laboratory Science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Science </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. Throughout High School <ul><li>Read as much as possible </li></ul><ul><li>Plan summer “experiences” </li></ul><ul><li>Create filing system for college materials </li></ul><ul><li>Attend college fairs </li></ul><ul><li>Visit 1-2 colleges during the summer and/or spring break </li></ul>
    18. 18. High School Freshmen Year <ul><li>Explore extracurricular activities </li></ul><ul><li>Begin recording accomplishments </li></ul><ul><li>Begin saving best papers and art </li></ul>
    19. 19. High School Sophomore Year <ul><li>Take practice PSAT or PLAN </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Concentrate on weaker areas </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Assume leadership role in extracurricular activity </li></ul>
    20. 20. High School Junior Year <ul><li>Continue extracurricular leadership roles </li></ul><ul><li>PSAT in October </li></ul><ul><li>Begin attending college rep sessions at your school </li></ul><ul><li>Register for SAT/ACT </li></ul><ul><li>Meet with Guidance Counselor </li></ul>
    21. 21. High School Senior Year <ul><li>College list identified </li></ul><ul><li>Early applications done by November 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Arrange overnight visits & on-campus interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Register for SAT/ACT </li></ul><ul><li>Letters of recommendation </li></ul><ul><li>Essay edited </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Aid </li></ul><ul><li>Attend “admit” programs </li></ul><ul><li>Submit deposit by May 1 st </li></ul>
    22. 22. The Admission Process <ul><li>Grade Point Average (GPA) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Unweighted and Weighted </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Class Rank </li></ul><ul><li>SAT/ACT Scores </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Activities/Awards </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Essays </li></ul><ul><li>Interviews </li></ul>
    23. 23. How College Applications Are Reviewed <ul><li>Instructions were followed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No abbreviations for addresses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deadlines were honored </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All supplementary information was included </li></ul></ul><ul><li>No typos or spelling errors </li></ul><ul><li>Authentic essays </li></ul><ul><li>Sincere interest in the institution </li></ul>
    24. 24. How College Applications Are Reviewed (cont.) <ul><li>Extracurricular Involvement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Concentrated on 1-2 activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leadership or Competitive involvement </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Explanation about poor grades </li></ul><ul><li>Indication the student can be an asset </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Unique skill or ability </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Challenge themselves academically </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AP courses or accelerated courses </li></ul></ul>
    25. 25. Final Tips <ul><li>Do careful research on colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Good applications take time to prepare </li></ul><ul><li>Know all deadlines </li></ul><ul><li>Proofread everything </li></ul><ul><li>Apply online if possible </li></ul><ul><li>Consultant a professional </li></ul>
    26. 26. Contact Information <ul><li>Chrystal D. Porter, Ed.S. </li></ul><ul><li>President/Educational Consultant </li></ul><ul><li>College Strategies LLC </li></ul><ul><li>t. 630-499-9836 </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>