The school year is almost over and summer is almost here. If you’re lucky like me, you’ll get to work with most of your students throughout the summer. For many counselors and some of my students, the summer means time off with their family or vacations in paradise. If you’re away from your students, you’ll be concerned all summer about the progress your students are making towards college. Here are ways you can ensure that your students are all set if you won’t be seeing them this summer.
Be wary of jumping to conclusions about the value, or lack thereof, that a 2-year college offers. Most people, students specifically, aren't made aware of that honors and STEM scholar programs, and state of the art facilities are available at community colleges. Joe Fantozzi collaborated with City University of New York Admission's Counselor, Ann Taylor Shaw, to debunk some myths and articulate unknown facts about the benefits and value community colleges offer to students and families - and, more importantly how it must be included as legitimate option in the selecting colleges conversation.
Selecting a college major for some students during the application process can be a tricky event - especially if a student's transcript doesn't showcase that they will succeed in that field. Certain classes taken in high school can really demonstrate your potential in a major to college admission offices. However, don't let your students get too stressed about choosing a major, because often times your career might have very little to do with your college studies. Take a read through Shaquinah Wright's views on choosing college majors and the potential impacts staying undecided might have.
by Jeff Makris
How much is enough when it comes to college advising? Helping students to make sure applications are complete, essays are done and financial aid documents are submitted often times compromises the development of a student's independence. Advisers' support might also jeopardize students' acclimation to demands and the self-advocacy needed to succeed as they transition into their new college environment. Jeff Makris offers his thoughts and behaviors that many advisers might have discussed in their day-to-day work with students.
- Pay For College
- Use Your Summer
- Succeed in College