Happy New Year! The January issue of the College Connections Newsletter has links to some great articles for all high school students about excelling in their public speaking and learning to be coachable along with information about what a gap year is and how to make the most of it.
For parents of 9th-11thgrade students, there is an article about how to interpret PSAT scores. If the article leaves you with more questions than answers, I invite you to attend a free PSAT seminar this Sunday, January 12th at NCSU hosted by our friends at Collegewise. This one-hour seminar will help you better decipher and understand what your PSAT score is telling you.
Already, 39 seniors have received at least one offer of admission from a college they have applied to. NCSU and UNC-Chapel Hill will release there early action decisions at the end of this month and we look forward to celebrating with more students. Seniors, don’t forget to update Naviance with your admissions decisions!
Please enjoy the December issue of the College Connections Newsletter. We’ve linked several interesting articles and videos that address issues that are relevant for all high school students. There are also a couple of scholarship opportunities highlighted for juniors and seniors.
Our next College Connections meeting is this week on Wednesday, December 11th from 8:00 – 9:00 am in the Upper Campus Media Center. Come with your college questions or simply to listen to answers that others ask. Parents in all grade levels are welcome to attend.
Congratulations to the 18 seniors who have already received at least one offer of admission from a college they have applied to. Seniors, don’t forget to update Naviance with your admissions decisions! Speaking of applications, seniors with a January 1stapplication deadlines should submit their applications (and their transcript release form) by December 27thso that we can send your school documents in advance of the deadline.
I invite you to enjoy our third College Connections Newsletter. Parents of seniors – if you have not already, take time next week to fill out the FAFSA; there are links to resources in this month’s newsletter.
Seniors with November 30thand December 1stapplication deadlines should submit their applications (and their transcript release form) by November 26thso that we can send your documents prior to Thanksgiving dinner.
Juniors, continue to visit colleges and pay attention to what you like and what you don’t. It’s okay to decide that a particular college isn’t going to be a good fit, but they may have an interesting program that we can look for elsewhere. Don’t forget to fill out a visit form for every college you visit – forms are located in Talon in the Resource section of the College Planning Group.
Our next College Connections meeting is Wednesday, December 11thfrom 8:00 – 9:00 am in the Upper Campus Media Center. Come with your college questions or simply to listen to answers that others ask. Parents in all grade levels are welcome to attend.
I invite you to enjoy our second College Connections Newsletter. There are great articles linked about filling out the FAFSA and the importance of the “Why this College?” essay question.
Don’t forget that the College Counseling section of the GRACE website has a lot of college planning resources for you to use as you navigate this process.
The mission of the GRACE college counseling department is to support our students and their families in preparing for a future in which each student’s God-given talents will shine. As it relates to the college selection and application process, it is our goal to help your student identify the type of environment in which they can be excellent and then walk with them through the process of getting there. We hope this resource will help in that endeavor.
The mission of the GRACE college counseling department is to support our students and their families in preparing for a future in which each student’s God-given talents will shine.
As it relates to the college selection and application process, it is our goal to help students identify the type of environment in which they can be excellent and then walk with them through the process of getting there.
Nothing is more exciting for high schoolers than getting a taste of college life. Campus tours provide just that — a chance for soon-to-be college students to experience the opportunities that await in higher education. Visiting college campuses is also a vital part of the application process and helps students determine whether or not a school would be their best fit.
Whether you’re looking at local colleges or planning an epic road trip to visit universities across the country, consider these tips for making the most of your time on campus.
Schedule Wisely The best time to visit colleges is throughout junior year. Visits to schools prior to junior year are acceptable, but students mature quickly as they progress towards senior year and preferences can change over time.
Also, consider the season when planning your tours. It may be convenient for families to travel during the summer months, but there is much to be gained from visiting when school is in session. From talking to current students to getting a feel for the energy on campus, visiting during the fall or spring semester is a wise choice.
Come With Questions & Take Notes Prepare questions prior to arriving on campus. College visits can be eventful and it is always difficult for families to remember all the details.
Jot down a list of your questions ahead of time and bring along a notebook or an iPad to take notes while you’re visiting. From programs of interest to activities on campus, there will be no shortage of information to collect.
Stick Around Don’t rush off after your tour concludes. Do some exploring of your own. Sit down for a meal in the dining hall. Visit campus hangout areas to get a feel for the community. Strike up a conversation with students or professors. If there’s a program you’re particularly interested in, explore those facilities or schedule a meeting with the head of the department.
Don’t feel limited to only seeing what the tour covers; spend some time sightseeing and forming your own opinions. Take note of any profound or interesting conversations with faculty or students which could be referenced later when writing application essays for that particular college.
Sit in on a Class Ask in advance if it’s possible to sit in on an actual class or two during your visit. Most college classes are relatively short and the time investment can be immensely helpful as you form your list of pros and cons.
Take note of the class size – is it a large lecture or a small group? What is the professor like? Do students seem engaged or are they dozing off? You know how you learn best, so ask yourself whether you feel motivated by the learning environment.
Get Off Campus This may seem counterproductive at first, but checking out the school’s surrounding area is a smart move. Does the community feel safe? Could you envision yourself living off campus after a year or two of dorm life? What amenities or convenience shops are nearby? If you plan on traveling home for breaks, what is your proximity to the nearest airport?
All of these questions will help you decide if the area is a practical and desirable place to call home for the next four years.
Learn More Interested in learning more about the college preparatory program at GRACE Christian School? Contact us today.
GRACE high school students are encouraged to mark the following dates:
Saturday, March 17th from 9:00am-12:00pm:Raleigh Mini-Camp College Program for 11th grade students and parents at William Peace University. Local high school college counselors and college admission officers are here to help you with the college application process. Join them for the Raleigh Mini-Camp College Program, sponsored by the Southern Association of College Admission Counseling. Registration is required.
Tuesday, March 20th from 4:30pm-7:30pm: The 2018 Greater Raleigh NACAC College Fair at the Raleigh Convention Center is the largest college fair in this part of North Carolina.Students and families will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from nearly 200 colleges in North Carolina and across the country. There will also be workshops available on the SAT suite of assessments, application tips, essay writing and how to finance a college education. Students are strongly encouraged to register online and print their registration barcodes prior to coming to the fair. This enables families to spend more time connecting with representatives and less time waiting to register on site. All students must have a barcode to enter the fair. Additional information about registration can be found here.
It has been a very busy fall for the GRACE College Counseling department.Thirteen college representatives have already visited the GRACE campus to recruit our student with 22 more colleges scheduled to visit between now and mid-November. Search for “College Rep Visit” on the GRACE Website to see which colleges are recruiting on campus.
In addition to the on-site visits, students and parents are invited to visit the College Visitation Dates page to see what colleges are holding regional information sessions in our area and when local college fairs are being held. Most information sessions require advanced registration – links to the registration pages are included on the College Visitation Dates page.
Last Monday, an admissions representative from Campbell University met with members of the class of 2018 and extended 16 offers of admission along with over $1 million in scholarship offers to our students.
Contact Lynne Hawkes at LHawkes@GRACEChristian.net in the College Counseling Office if you have questions about the college search process.