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Auburn Theatre Auditions

Auburn would like to get the information about their Auburn University’s Department of Theatre’s upcoming Open house and Scholarship Audition Day.

Theatre has the potential to foster dialogue, alter perceptions, and inspire social change. The Auburn University Department of Theatre is dedicated to the education and professional training of theatre artists, scholars, and audiences within a liberal arts environment. The Department champions the interaction between theory and practice and produces citizen artists who advocate for the arts through their own work in local, national, and international communities. Auburn University theatre students think critically, creatively, and collaboratively and carry their knowledge from rehearsal spaces and classrooms to stages, campuses, and communities worldwide.

Due to Auburn’s “priority admission” application deadline of November 1 and its AUSOM Scholarship consideration deadline of December 1, Auburn University Theatre will now hold its annual on site scholarship/music theatre program admission auditions on Saturday, October 27th, 2018. This is a great opportunity for high school seniors  to tour our facility, meet with theatre faculty and students, and audition for theatre scholarships and admission to our music theatre degree program.

More information about their program can be found at the link below:

More information about the auditions can be found at the link below, and I’d greatly appreciate your assistance in alerting students to this earlier audition date.



Georgia Tech – Admissions

  • The Georgia Tech Scholars program is an automatic admission program which offers the first-year admission to Valedictorians and Salutatorians from all high schools in Georgia with more than 50 graduates.
  • Students can self-report their SAT, ACT and other standardized test scores to be used during the admission process, saving them time and money.
  • Tech will be using as our high school counselor portal to communicate with you about applicants’ status and decisions, and this service is free to you.
  • Search for your school’s or region’s Admission Snapshot to bring admission and enrolled student statistics a little closer to home.

The above information is helpful for any student who is applying to Georgia Tech this fall!

Please let me know if you have any questions or need assistance!



AP or NOT?

The race has been on for a long time now, and I think students have been running hard, yet some might feel defeated when they cross the finish line. Students take such a heavy load of academic rigor in high school that they might get lost in the race. Finally, when they cross the finish line some might feel deflated, depressed or even confused. The truth is that rigor alone will not gain an acceptance, not in today’s world of admissions.

Now, I’m not suggesting that students should slack off in high school or take less rigor, but I am suggesting that students run their own race. What I do think needs to happen is that students need to do what is best for them and their future, not paint a picture to get into X or Y university. I suggest that students find their passion and interests, so that they can hold onto their drive regardless of who accepts them. Shouldn’t we be teaching students to accept themselves?

This article is very interesting because finally some high school in the US has decided to say “no more” to APs in their curriculum. Will it last? Who will have more consequences (the student or the school)? Will this influence other schools? Read the article here and let me know if you have any thoughts of your own!



Coalition Updates – Related June 28, 2018

According to an email received by Coalition, this week (June 25th) the Profile section on the application will have the below enhancements:

  1. For the first time, student users will begin MyCoalition by answering a short series of questions which will enable the Profile to display “Recommended” and “Optional” sections based upon the student’s responses to these questions.  
  2. New adjustments to High School Information, 9th-11th Grade Coursework, 12th Grade Coursework, College Information, and College Coursework provide a simplified process for students to document courses and grades throughout high school.
  3. Several redundant questions that were previously completed for each course have been collapsed into High School Information so that students only need to report the information once.
  4. We reviewed and adjusted all data value lists in 9th-11th Grade Coursework and 12th Grade Coursework. Our goal was to empower students by offering them a clear choice for all students and to do so with the fewest possible choices on any given list.
  5. Their will be a fee waiver for Coalition Veterans.
  6. Extracurricular Activities section will be renamed Activities/Experience and all language will be inclusive of all student experiences.  
  7. CBOs that are part of the Coalition Registry (and have a Coalition CBO ID or CCID) will be included on a drop down list (with city, state included in the search) which will enable students to select their affiliation. By the fall, over 200 CBOs will be represented on the list.
  8. Students will be able to see a list of which colleges/universities require a Profile section so that they can decide whether to complete it or not.
  9. Students will be able to click “Profile Check” to highlight sections or questions that are missing or incomplete.  
  10. In September, MyCoalition will debut a collection of significant improvements for student supporters, including counselors and CBO advisors.
  11. Finally, please know that MyCoalition is in compliance with the European Union’s General Data Privacy Regulations (GDPR).

Thank you to the Coalition for giving an update on their changes and allowing users to see what is coming this fall!


Summer Discovery Program

What if I were to tell you that I have discovered a website that affords 10th grade – 12th grade high school students the opportunity to search for prestigious universities all over the United States and England that offer programs these students could possibly attend over the summer? Well folks, that’s what I’m telling you!

This fantastic opportunity that should absolutely be taken advantage of goes by the very fitting name of “Summer Discovery”. Once you visit, you will be asked four simple questions: 1.) where your academic interest lies, 2.) where you would like this university to be located, 3.) your current grade level, and 4.) desired length of the program. Your responses to these questions will allow Summer Discovery to match you to your ideal university and it’s summer program. The website will then generate a list of schools that match your criteria. You can click on each school and it will give you oodles of information regarding their program, tuition cost… all that good stuff!

If you are a high school student, I would like you to seriously consider this opportunity as not only would attending a summer program of this caliber look superb on a resume, but it will also allow you the opportunity to discover–discover new people, new ideas, new concepts, and a new college!

Public vs. Private Colleges

We usually know which colleges are private and which are public, but do we know why they are labeled as such? Do we know the difference between public and private? Perhaps not, but that’s what this post is for…

The first and most commonly known difference lies in the tuition cost due to funding. Public schools are funded by the government and private schools are not; therefore, the private schools rely solely on donations and students’ tuition to pay costs. This is why many associate private school with higher tuition costs. However, private schools are often known to have the largest scholarship bank. With that said, simply because it’s a private school does not necessarily mean that you will pay more than at a public school.

Another difference lies within size. Most of the time (but not always) public schools are much larger than private schools—not only in student population, but also in amount of programs offered. Public schools usually offer a wide array of degrees whereas private schools offer few.

Demographics differ between the two as well. Due to in-state incentives that public schools offer, a great deal of the students who attend public institutions are from in-state. Contrasting, private schools, lacking the in-state incentives, have more out-of-state students and therefore have a more diverse population.

So, which is the best choice: public or private? There is no clear-cut answer as it depends on the individual student’s needs and preferences…

    • Do you prefer a large population?
    • Is your major offered?
    • Are finances a concern? If so, check in with a financial advisor: are there scholarships that you will be able to apply for?
    • Would you prefer to attend a school with majority of students who grew up in the same state as the school, or students from all around?

… Considering these questions is a great starting point; however, it is most important to look at the individual schools (regardless of whether its public or private) to see what that particular school offers and if it lines up with your wishes, standards, and values. THAT is how you find your ideal college!

Parents, this one is for you….

Parents, this one is for you….

We’ve all heard of “Helicopter Parenting”, right? Just incase you’ve been hiding out underneath your rock for the past 20 years, a helicopter parent is one who constantly hovers over their child. These are the parents that cannot let their child go out with friends for an hour without texting them a million and seven times to ask when they’re going to be home, what they’re doing now, who they are with, and so on…

More recently, another term has been coined: “Lawnmower Parenting”. This term goes out to all of the parents who “mow their child’s [metaphoric] path to success”. Lawnmower parents are those who can be seen parading their child around the college campus telling them which sorority they want to join and in what buildings they will have their classes—they know this because this parent also chose the child’s major.

There is a difference between guidance and mowing your child’s lawn FOR them. While it is healthy for a parent to steer their child in the right direction, It is crucial that the student learn to take responsibility on their own. It is crucial that the student mow their own lawn so they are able to step back, look at the lawn, see what mistakes they’ve made, learn from them, and become stronger as a result.

College is prime time for your child to learn independence and practice responsibility while they have you as their safety net. So… take a seat on your porch with a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade while you watch your child mow their lawn with the confidence that you’ve taught them well enough to do a good job.


What is FAFSA?

FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It is an application that must be filed annually as it determines the amount of financial aid you are eligible to recieve.

When should I file mine?

A FAFSA can be filed for the 2018-2019 academic year any time between October 1, 2017 and June 30, 2019; however, it is best to go ahead and submit yours as close to October 1st as possible. This is not something you want to put on the back burner and risk forgetting about. Know filling out the application is not necessarily a quick process. Set aside an hour or so to complete your application.

Please visit on or after October 1st to create your account and begin your application.

How do I calculate my GPA?

Cumulative Numeric Average:
1.) Add up all of your class grades
NOTE: Use the grade from your transcript as each school differs in how many points (if any) are added to AP and Honors classes
2.) Divide the total from step 1 by the number of classes you have taken (include all classes listed on your transcript, including any failed classes)
3.) This value is out of 100

Academic GPA:
MOST colleges use the scale of A=4.0, B=3.0, C=2.0, F=0
1.) Go through each of your ACADEMIC classes on your transcript and assign each of them a number according to the scale above (ex: if you made a 94 in science class, assign that class a 4 because it’s an A)
2.) Add all of the assigned the numbers from step 1 up. Divide the total by the number of ACADEMIC classes taken. This will give you your estimated academic GPA.
3.) If your college adds additional points for Honors or AP classes, do so. If you are getting your grades off your transcript and your high school adds a certain amount of points to Honors and AP classes but your college doesn’t add points, be sure to take those points off of the individual classes before assigning them a 4-0.
NOTE: This is simply a common way of calculating Academic GPA; however, each college may calculate their GPAs differently. Please contact your college’s Office of Admissions to inquire about how they calculate their GPAs.

HOPE/Zell Miller GPA:
To qualify for HOPE, students must have a 3.0 GPA or higher. To qualify for Zell Miller, students must have a 3.7 GPA or higher.
1.) If looking at a transcript to find grades, remove all extra points that have been added for Honors or AP classes (if applicable).
2.) Find all HOPE eligible classes. Not all classes are counted in this equation.
3.) Assign final grades of classes (without additional Honor/AP points) a 4 if an A (100-90), 3 if B (89-80), 2 if C (79-70), or a 0 if F (69-0).
4.) Add .5 to any AP or college classes. (ex: if you made a 96 in AP science class, assign that class a 4 because it’s an A, but then assign the .5 because it’s an AP class = 4.5)
5.) Add up all of the numbers assigned to each grade in step 4 (including the .5 for each AP or college class). Divide this total by the number of HOPE eligible classes you have taken.

Common App Tips

The 2017-2018 Common App launched August 1. The Common App supplies you with some tidbits to get the ball rolling when using this handy app:

Roll your information over. If you had logged into the Common App prior to August 1st, you will be asked if you’d like to “roll it over”. If you choose “yes”, you will be walked through 3 steps in order to access your data. The 3 steps are as follows:
To begin… Sign into your account using the same email and password that you created your account with. You will be asked a few questions and the roll over process will begin.

Check out your dashboard. It’s important to familiarize yourself with your dashboard simply because you will need to check it numerous times throughout the application process.

Look over your Common App account. You can click the “Common App” tab to begin crafting/continue crafting your application. You may find that some of your information such as questions as to your job, family, and some testing scores have failed to roll over—that’s completely normal. You are re-asked these questions because student’s answers tend to change from year-to-year.

Look over the updated essay prompts. You will find that in addition to the 5 essay prompts from last year, there are 2 more new ones. It would be wise to begin looking over them, thinking about which topic best suits you, and then begin thinking of ideas to make your essay stand out among the rest.
Create the best work possible. Don’t allow yourself to feel rushed simply because the app went live August 1st. It’s imperative to take your time and pace yourself in order to produce the highest quality work. Also, don’t forget to have others review your work before submitting it.
Know that Common App support is available to you 24/7. Help is only an email away: . Additionally, you can follow @CommonApp & #CommonApp on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to stay in the loop regarding news and updates.

Happy applying! (Common App, 2017)