Tag Archives: College Selection

5 Reasons to NOT Pay Your College Deposit

It’s exciting! You have a place to go to college. A new home for the next four year. SOMEONE wants you – maybe even your first choice school. They’ve even offered you some scholarship money, and now they’ve asked for your deposit. STOP! Did you know that the National Association for College Admissions Counselors (NACAC – of which I’m a member) ethics states that no college shall manipulate students to make a commitment prior to May 1 and housing options may not be leveraged to do so.  It is your right to take your time to make what is a … Continue reading

Ready, Set, Connect! College Fairs in Cincinnati & Columbus Fall 2016

Whether you’re a sophomore or junior staring the college visits and selection or a senior knee deep in college applications, college fairs are a great way to engage with admissions reps from our area, demonstrate interest and learn more about the schools. A few tips! Advance Planning Register ahead of time when possible. Consult the list of attending colleges before you go; create a target list for connection. Create a list of questions to ask the representative. Print out contact stickers to save time when completing contact cards for more information. You want the college to know you were there! By … Continue reading

Critical Deadlines on the College Bound Journey

If you plan to send your child to a four-year college living on campus, your investment will likely be over $100,000 without any gift aid in the form of scholarships and grants. This is based on the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2015).  Private schools run higher than the $23,872 of all four-year institutes at $35,074. Educating your children could likely be your most expensive investment outside of owning a home. Because of this, it is worthy of planning a careful, thorough and measured as a home purchase or your own retirement and savings to garner an excellent return … Continue reading

White, Upper Middle Class and on a DIVERSITY Scholarship

How does a white, Catholic, upper middle class, Midwestern young lady achieve a full-tuition DIVERSITY scholarship at a highly selective university? It started with a 10th grade resume review. I’ve preached it to my college counseling students for over a decade, “Put your resume together early in high school.” Review it to identify opportunities to be Purposeful about your Pursuits while you focus on Longevity and Leadership. Not everyone takes me up on my advice, but those who do get the following benefits and an extra with a big bang possible! Assistance in thinking about future careers Brainstorming of topics for … Continue reading

Application Advice from a West Point Cadet

Former LEAP test prep student and high school valedictorian, Taylor England, is our guest blogger on her journey to get an appointment to West Point. The best advice I can give about getting into a service academy is to start early and continually seek opportunities to build relationships. As soon as you become interested in a military academy the first step is to reach out to the local representative from the school (each district has one for each service academy). This representative will be the key that unlocks many doors in your future. The earlier you do this, the better the … Continue reading

7 Tips if You are Thinking Naval Academy

Drews Mitchell, LEAP Counselor, had the privilege of attending the Center of Influence Conference at the US Naval Academy. You can focus your search with his tips. The United States Naval Academy has a reputation of excellence that is truly well deserved.  My experiences at the Centers of Influence Conference solidified my positive opinions of the institution, but also enlightened me to a few “hidden gems” that may not be available through a study of their website.  These are seven of the items that stood out in learning about the admissions process at the USNA: Complete the process!  There were … Continue reading

PLAN B: Dealing with College Rejection

Denial. Anger. Bargaining. Depression. ACCEPTANCE. The cycle of mourning may be new to teens who’ve likely not experienced much disappointment in life, but those whose Plan A for college is thwarted by rejection from their first choice college will need to embark on the cycle and move through it quickly. With many decisions already in hand and the rest coming by April 1st, it doesn’t leave much time before May 1st deposits are due. Once you’ve reached the acceptance stage, you need to dig deep to come up with PLAN B. Denial – Not Possible All over college discussion boards, … Continue reading

Finally, MY TURN! Chapter 1

It’s my turn!! I’ve worked for 15 years as an independent college counselor assisting families on college selection, application, career selection and admission. Finally, I have a high school junior, and I get the privilege (yes, I just said privilege) of embarking on the journey from a different perspective. Most certainly this will result in moments of wanting to pull my hair out (as my clients have attested to me), but hopefully many more of fun and joy. I’m frequently asked, “What would you do if he were your son?” when parents are seeking advice from me. In effort to … Continue reading

Rising Senior Summer – Be Prepared for Fall Apps

For many of you, it’s hard to believe just months from now as senior year is starting you’ll need to be ready to apply to college. That statement may leave many of you feeling behind. So how do you maximize summer so you’re ready and not overwhelmed come fall? 1. Finalize list for application. Most college applications go online August 1st, including the Common App which over 500 colleges use. LEAP recommends you start these apps when they come available to so they don’t crowd your fall schedule when you’ll have a lot more to do. To be ready to … Continue reading

Summer To-Do for Rising Juniors

Sophomore year is coming to a close. Students are thinking they are “half-way through” high school. While that may be true, when you  factor in that by August 1 of the following summer going into your senior year you’ll be ready to apply to college, students suddenly realize it’s time to LEAP forward with college selection. Whatever the grades are at the end of the junior year (and for most test scores – if you plan right!), that is what you’ll apply to college with and that list of colleges needs to be finalized before the senior year begins. To … Continue reading

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