Monthly Archives: March 2014


The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) will be hosting a National College Fair in Atlanta on Sunday, March 16 beginning at 12:00 PM. This event will host a number of colleges and universities as well as various speakers to help parents and students understand the world of college admissions. I encourage students to participate!

Here are a few tips that will help you make the most out of your day:

1. Register! I think it is important to register online to save time.
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2. Whose Attending? Go online to find out which colleges are attending. It is important to see if your schools of interest are going to be there as well as any others that you have been researching but have not been able to visit.

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3. Prepare a List. Make a list of the schools that you hope to visit while at the fair.

4. Prepare Questions. The fair is typically very busy and packed with families. Therefore, it is important to have one or two questions for the Admissions Officer. Make these questions count! The questions should be unique to your academic interests. Don’t waste time on asking about admissions data. You can go online to find out specifics regarding acceptance rates. Ask questions about internships for your major of interest; ask about student housing; inquire about how roommates are selected; ask about first year experiences; ask what types of student services are offered, or ask about the hottest majors on campus.

5. Make Labels. Before the fair, make either personal business cards or self-adhesive labels that have your name, phone number, date of graduation, name of high school, mailing address, email, major of interest and any extracurricular activity that you are interested in. Having these labels will save you time at each table.

6. Recycled Bag. Take a recycled bag with you to help you carry all the view-books and gadgets that the colleges will be giving out.

7. Pen and Notebook. Be sure to take a pen and notebook with you so you can write down information.

8. Arrive early! The earlier you arrive, the easier it will be for you to move at a slower, relaxed pace. It will also give you time to review the map, the layout of the floor, and understand what time presentations are being given and in what room.

9. Go with a parent! This is a great place to take your parents so that they can grab information about the financial side of college admissions.

10. Read and file. After the fair, go through all your materials and read them carefully. I would recommend filing all the items of interest. If you did speak with an Admissions Officer who really helped you learn more about their campus then write him or her a nice letter.

Tips On Choosing Your Classes

It still feels like winter in many parts of the United States but the temperatures in the high schools are heating up. Students are discussing options with their parents, counselors and consultants for their following year’s high school curriculum. As we slowly approach a warmer climate, we must address this hot topic to be sure that each student is signing up for the best academic school year!

Every student has a unique fingerprint when it comes to his or her applications. However, there are a couple of things that each student must do regardless of their uniqueness. The first thing a student must do is define what they are looking for in a successful college experience. Students must identify their college goals as well as their interests. Help your student understand if he or she is interested in the Arts, Medicine, Teaching, Business, etc. If your student can identify an interest then help him or her pick classes that show passion towards his or her interest. For example, if you want to help people, your community or even if you are interested in working with others in a business setting then try a psychology course or a course in business. If you are thinking of medicine or physical therapy then take a course in anatomy or biology.

Secondly, if you have flexibility in your schedule and can handle a little more rigor then try a MOOC or college course. Showing interest, displaying work ethic and taking a course load that is unique to your passions will only help your application. Remember to think outside of the box and learn for the sake of knowledge. Get online, discover opportunities and be part of a community that is bigger than your high school. For example, go to ITunes and listen in on some of the hottest lectures online. Open up books and read some of the best author’s words. Don’t limit yourself to your high school’s options; Open the doors and jump into the world of opportunities.

Finally, Don’t abandon your year by taking a weaker course load or by not showing up to school. Make next year the year that you really get involved and become a student who shines in classroom discussions as well as makes the grades on the report card. If you must take a step back and take a schedule that is lighter than last year’s courses then make up for it by getting involved in your community or school. You might want to consider obtaining a job, an internship or working with a professor on a research project. Do whatever you must, but be sure to show your interests and be an active student. In addition to being active, be sure that the courses you choose will allow you to do well and not struggle academically. If you are a rising senior then realize that your fall grades are going to be critical to your applications. Therefore, choose wisely in terms of subjects and abilities.