Tag Archives: College Selection

My 4 Surprises of Greek Life

Welcome to Guest Blogger, Jack Johnson (U of Cincinnati, ’17) When I first entered college, I had no idea what to do with myself. I had more time on my hands than ever before and was looking for ways to make new friends and have a great college experience. Your first day of college can be very overwhelming, as it was for me, but there are ways to adjust to this new lifestyle and make the most of it. I have found that one of the most rewarding decisions a young man can make in college is to join Greek … 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

Tools for Early Career Exploration

Our guest post is by our new partner Neilye Garrity, Candid Career Co-Founder. A 6 month subscription to CandidCareer.com is included with every LEAP Fit 2 Flourish Consultation Package. How did you find yourself in your first job?  Did you take it for the money?  Was it the career your father or mother did?  Or did you simply not have a better idea?  Whatever the reason, it is too big of a decision to take lightly. Far too many students don’t have all the information to make the best choice or the information is hard to come by, boring to … Continue reading

Find Your Fit 2 Flourish in Life

Parents left paying off their children’s’ college debt while the student is a basement dweller in their childhood home.  Empty nesters left with empty retirement accounts after paying for college. Credit card debt extended to its limit.  Why? These families focused on the 4 years instead of the 40. The Four (or Five or Six) Years Most families go about college selection focused on just that – college.  By the junior year, the student is constantly pelted with the question, “Where are you going to college?” Finally in the spring of the senior year, they are able to answer that … Continue reading

4 Ways to Grab a College’s Attention

Demonstrated Interest is a term that doesn’t always make it into the college selection dialogue, but it should. With the turn to online applications for college, schools experienced a surge of applicants.  This threw off their long standing formulas for how many students to admit. Colleges are essentially businesses. They need a body in every seat. Before online applications, each college had a formula they were confident in to yield the number of students they wanted to enroll.  Let’s keep it simple. A college establishes how many freshmen they want to enroll for the next school year. They also have an established … Continue reading

Making the Most of Winter Break

While sleeping in, video games and Facebook maybe calling over the Winter Break, there is still plenty of time for college bound students to do something productive toward their college goals. FRESHMAN Have you put together a resume? If not, start now! It doesn’t have to be something fancy or even well formatted.  Simply start a list of activities, honors and community service along with dates. This is something to build on throughout high school and will save you time three years from now when you’re completing college applications. Pulling your resume together will also help you see any holes … Continue reading

Relax and Master Your College Interview

The thirty to sixty minutes you have in an interview with a college is certain not to make or break your admission, so take a deep breath and shine! Frankly, at many schools, especially the larger ones, you won’t even be given the time to interview, so don’t be surprised, or take it personally, when they won’t make time for you. Large colleges simply have too many applicants to meet with. So how do you take the pressure off and actually enjoy the process when you’re offered the opportunity to interview on campus or with a local alum? Do Your … Continue reading

4 Ohio Colleges You Might Not Know

Doing college visits in June doesn’t give someone the full feel of a campus, however it does give an independent counselor, like myself, plenty of time to not feel rushed taking the tour, speaking with admission counselors and those in financial aid.  Watch our video, Ohio Colleges, to get a glimpse of four very different campuses and read some highlights below.  Thanks to Trent Mader for putting the video together of my iPhone snapshots!  University of Dayton  UD is a great and unique size, in my opinion.  Many of the private schools are much smaller and the publics are much larger, so … Continue reading

What’s a Parent To Do?

In short: Not Much! I know that answer disappoints multitudes of parents of college bound high school students. The intentions of parents vary from just wanting the best for their kiddo to the “helicopter” parent to those living vicariously through their child. The bottom-line is your child needs to OWN the college selection, application and admission process.  Getting to Know You Colleges are wanting to get to know THE STUDENT.  It will be the student, not the parent, heading to school and the college needs to be the best fit for the student. Therefore interaction directly with the college needs to … Continue reading

Cutting the Cost of College Visits

This week I was interviewed by FOX Business for an article they did for their online news with tips on tips for doing the college visits affordably.  It’s a challenge for all families.  Many find they need to budget not only for the college visits, but for ACT and SAT testing as well as applications.  It all adds up! You can read the article on the FOX Business website by clicking here. For tips on how to make the most of your visit when you are actually on campus, read our previous post.  

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