Ah, April! The month of spring fever and squarely facing the fact that transitions are coming. Next month, we’ll talk about ways to capitalize on the changing weather and longer days as well as chatting with my 2 boys about big homeschool transitions from a student’s perspective. I hope you won’t miss a week!
The college application essay fills many students an understandable trepidation. So much rides on this one written work! Though essays are optional on standardized tests (largely because colleges have their own admission essays they wish to consider), the college application essay is required. No two essays are the same, however. Each college chooses an essay topic unique to what they seek in their applicant pool.
If you’ve recently picked up a community college course catalog for the first time, it might seem overwhelming. How do you know what classes to take? How do you know those classes will transfer into a university degree program? Enter the degree completion plan: every homeschooler’s best friend in the quest for higher education!
With the holidays approaching and Christmas break around the corner, this email may seem like just another addition to your to-do list! But if you have a few minutes this month, December is a great time to sit with your senior to finalize your college and career plans.
No plan needs to be written in stone, especially in the ever-changing climate of the teen years. Even so, tangible goals for this final semester of your student’s high school career are incredibly helpful as you decide what’s next.
As the weather gets colder and holiday preparations begin, schoolwork takes a backseat. Whether you break completely for the holidays or do light work all year round, I’m about to add one little thing to your to-do list: arranging your first college visits!
Don’t worry: you don’t need to visit colleges in December. Since most of the students and professors will be home for Christmas break, there wouldn’t be much to see anyway! This is the month to begin planning for next year’s visits, whether in spring or fall. How do you set up a campus visit, and what should you do once you’re there? Here are some tips:
It’s hard to believe we’re halfway through the school year already! Before the holidays are in full swing, December is a great time to refine the strategic plan for your student’s college preparation. Here are some steps to take as you plan ahead for next semester:
As the holidays approach you and your family are probably taking a few weeks off from school. This is a great way to come into the New Year with fresh perspective and new goals! Rather than add to your to-do list for this busy season, this month’s email will review some of the concepts we’ve shared over the last semester. These will come in handy as you plan for the second half of your student’s freshman year.
You and your student might not be anywhere close to deciding on a college yet. Perhaps you haven’t decided if he wants to go to college at all! That’s perfectly fine; junior year is a time of preparation more than it is a season of decision. Since you’re in the preparation process, here are some things to know about college applications.
Drama group, swimming, gymnastics, debate: how do these activities contribute to a student’s academic transcript? More than you think! While colleges will first take into account a student’s tests scores and grades, extracurricular activities provide a complete picture of who the student is and where he’s headed academically.
By now you may be very well acquainted with your student’s degree completion plan (DCP): the list of classes required for his intended major(s). These plans are available on any college’s website or through their admission office. Within it is listed general education courses (100-200 level courses you can CLEP or dual enroll prior to university) and your major-specific courses (300-400 level courses in a specific area of study).