College Visit Advice

College visits can be overwhelming…

Makalya explains to high school students, that are in the college search process, what they should bring on campus visits. The video also recommends some things you should and shouldn’t do on the visit. I hope it helps!

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3 Easy Steps to Plan a Campus Tour

Narrowing down your college choices is one of the hardest parts of the college decision process, especially when there are just so many unique options!

Fun Fact: In 2011, there were 2,870 4-year colleges in the United States!!

That is both exciting and overwhelming, right? With all kinds of options, it is a little bit difficult to tell if I like a college just by the letters they send me in the mail.

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Yikes!

I have found that campus tours are a great way to figure out if a college is right for you. They allow you to gain a feeling of the atmosphere of the campus, what the people are like, what the city is like, and if you could really picture yourself living there. I have been on six campus tours so far and it has really helped me determine what kind of college I am looking for.

So, now that I have completely convinced you that you need to take a few campus tours ASAP, let’s talk about how to do that.

 

Step 1: Sign up!

For most colleges, you can sign up online or over the phone. Just go to their website, and click on admissions. Usually you can find something under admissions that says “Visit Us!” or you can look for their phone number and just call! Remember to figure out what day you would like to visit before calling. Something else to consider is if you would rather do a group visit with other high school students, or an individual visit. In my experience, I like doing individual visits because you have more opportunities to ask personalized questions, but to each his own! Lastly, decide what opportunities you would like to take advantage of. Sometimes you can meet with a professor or go to a class with a current student!

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Photo Credit Flickr user: Ed Yourdon

 

 

Step 2: Plan!

It is important to do a little preparation before doing a visit to get the most out of it. (Don’t worry, it’s not too time consuming!) First, write down a few questions that you definitely want answered. For example, I am interested in psychology so I usually ask how big their psychology department is and what opportunities I would have within that major. Secondly, if you’re going to a city you are not completely familiar with, be a tourist! Plan activities in the city after doing your visit to find out if you could picture yourself living there. In addition to this, do some research on the city. I loved a few colleges I visited, only to find out later that they are located in one of the most dangerous cities in the US. Eeek!

Visit this website to find out more about a city!: http://www.usacitylink.com/

 

Step 3: Visit!

Take a pen and paper to write down any important information. Don’t be afraid to ask tons of questions while you are there! Take pictures… because, why not? Grab all the free stuff they give you! And lastly, have fun!

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You’re typing in the college you want to visit right now, aren’t you? Good, I’ve done my job right! Happy college hunting! icon smile 3 Easy Steps to Plan a Campus Tour

-Grace Tibbetts

Sources: http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=84

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How Counselors Will Help You in High School

Hello everyone! I’m back again for another post (:

Happy summer vacation to some of you lucky students out there! Let’s cut right to the chase, shall we? So, ever since we were in elementary school, we have had a counselor. He or she called us in and talked about our favorite color or food. We also had a counselor in middle school, but this time you had one specifically for your grade and they talked about your academics and some of your dreams you had for the future. Once you hit high school, they have so many different counselors and one is specifically for your last name. At your school, like mine, they might even have a College and Career Counselor. You might not see your counselors around the school that much like you see teachers, but that’s because they are in their offices helping students like you and me!

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A counselor’s main job is to make the journey through high school as easy as possible from freshman year, all the way to Graduation. Counselors at school do a lot for us students. They help us choose our courses to take, they can be our safety net when we need someone to talk to, and they even guide us through different scholarships, colleges, majors, and future careers. Counselors also have a ton of resources for us that are FREE! We don’t have to pay anything for their supplies! They give it to us because they know it will help us make better decisions about our future. It can be a little nerve racking going and meeting your school counselor for the first time, but that’s okay! Once you meet him or her, they flood you with respect, kindness, and care for you in their heart. You can go to them about anything and they will keep it confidential; that is their promise!

Many colleges and different organizations send brochures, pamphlets, magazines, etc. in bulk (mass amount) to schools and specifically counselors all over the world to get information out to high school students! These colleges and organizations team up with your counselors because they want to help you too! Another thing that counselors do to help is they can give you SAT and ACT test waivers so that you can take the test for free. The SAT and ACT are really expensive tests, so it’s awesome that your counselors can help you pay nothing for taking it! Do you ever see colleges in your cafeteria? Counselors set up different colleges to come out to your high school and talk about their school with you! Being able to talk with a college representative is super important in your college search because they can give you vital information that isn’t typed in a brochure.

Well, it seems to be pretty obvious that your counselors do a lot for you! Don’t ever be scared to talk to them. Have a great summer and happy college and career hunting! (:

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Top 6 Tips for Taking the ACT

Top 6 tips for taking the ACT

and getting through it without breaking a sweat:

  1. Give yourself plenty of time to study.

    Now personally, I am no braniac but I thought studying for only a week was a grand idea. I spent hours upon hours (for that week at least) cramming my face into ACT review books… now that didn’t feel too well and neither did the pain when I first looked at my test scores. But, what I have realized is that if you break the test down and study bit by bit you will get there in a more soothing process. For example, study for just one hour every day for a few months, next thing you know the test is easy peasy… If peasy is even a word? But, hey it just flows right out of my mouth just like the answers that will flow right out of your brain and help you achieve top notch ACT test scores.

  2. The ACT is called a “standardized” test for a reason. It’s predictable!

    There will always be a certain amount of trigonometry questions in math just as there will always be certain reading subcategories. If you understand what they are asking and know the concept of each piece, it becomes no big deal! Familiarity is key. Do not let anything on that test jump out at you. It’s not there to be a monster under your bed or that chip on your shoulder, it’s for you to prove to yourself and colleges that you are intelligent and belong at their university. All I’m saying is do some yoga and de-stress. If you know what’s on the test and how to do it, all you have to do during is apply yourself!

  3. A healthy body makes for a healthy mind

    The morning of the test don’t try to cram in more knowledge, do a couple of practice problems, drink some water and eat a nutritious breakfast. Wait for after the test to slam a large coke and a box of donuts.

  4. When taking the ACT, time is your biggest enemy

    Race the clock, do what you can, bubble in what you can’t and all will be well. During the test would be a great time to freeze the clock, phone a friend and do a little dance. But hey, you have an allotted time slot so do what you can and save the Flamenco for later.

  5. The thing that helped me most is guessing.

    When you’re running out of time, bubble in an answer that could be correct. There is no penalty for guessing so guess your little heart out. I mean you have a 25% chance of getting it right so go for it. Try narrowing it down to at least 3 answers but ultimately just do what you can. Or in like in my case, just use eenie meenie miny moe if you are stumped.
  6. The most important lesson I learned is that crying doesn’t help.

    No matter how frustrated you get while preparing for or while taking the ACT, pick your head up because there’s always a chance to redeem yourself. Take the test again and give yourself more time because the first time you’re introduced to something, it’s never easy to understand. You are able to take it up to 14 times, so one of those tries you are bound to do well. There are plenty of review classes out there, so get out and test the waters because you are going to do fantastic.

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