Parents want a better life for their kids, and are willing to sacrifice a number of things including incurring mountains of debt to chance it on the best pay-off later. Families have moved across counties, states and oceans in order to do just that - be able to provide the "American Dream" to their children. As college counselors, you're often advising those children and their families - you're the agent that is going to connect their child to the best college institutions the U.S. has to offer. But, what happens when your faced with an average performing student with parents who dream of the Ivy League? Sandy Jimenez continues to share her college advising experiences that include those very same dynamics.
The college application process includes a variety of writing requirements beginning with the application itself, and often requesting an essay or a personal statement. Due to the increased competition, most recently, students are including personal statements to help them and their application stand out. But, what is the personal statement? What should students write about? How long should it be? And, if colleges haven't requested it, should your student still include it? Joe Fantozzi gets to the bottom of the personal statement and helps you get the most out of writing it.
by NYC College Line
The 2015 Matriculation Guides for CUNY, SUNY and a few private colleges and universities is available to help students get the information they need for successful college enrollment.
by Jeff Makris
A few weeks ago, I spoke to my principal about a parent who, again, left a parent night feeling less than enamored with me. Thinking out loud, I asked if I should just be a little less honest, and maybe a little more political. “Do not change!” she said. “We need you. Our students need you. This is your job.” She’s right, of course…I just need to accept that. Jeff Makris guides us through the good guy vs bad guy doubts that fill many college advisors' hearts and minds.
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