If you have ever watched “Alice in Wonderland” you probably remember the immortal words of the unpunctual White Rabbit, “I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date!” Whether you are looking forward to college or are already there, now is the time to make it a habit to be early to whatever task, meeting, appointment, party, and class you must attend. I can tell you, now being in the professional world and from my time in college, that if you have somewhere to be, you do not want to be running behind. It’s why I am now committed to the “five minute rule.”
As anyone who has ever taken a standardized test knows, the last step in preparing for the test is to sharpen your No. 2 pencil. That may not be enough, however, for those thinking about taking college entrance exams. Planning and preparation for the ACT/SAT should begin now for students who are currently in their junior year. Here are some topics to consider as you establish your test-taking strategies.
With the beginning of the New Year comes the exciting responsibility of planning for college for the Class of 2015. Now is the time for high school juniors to begin researching, evaluating, and selecting the short list of colleges they will apply to in the fall. While the process may seem overwhelming at first, starting now will ensure you are ready and well positioned for the upcoming application season. Here are a few tips to get you started:
This month we will discuss how there is no such thing as failure. Actually, we will discuss that the secret to success is failure. That is a pretty hard point to understand, but it is true. The founder of IBM (Thomas Watson) actually said it best, “The secret to success is to double your rate of failure.” Now when was the last time someone told you that? Let’s be clear about this concept. We are not saying that it is great to continue to fail. We all try to avoid failure at all cost. We are saying that you must continue to keep trying and LEARN from those failures and not give up. Eventually you will succeed.
Every family looks forward to the day when the “big envelope” arrives in the mail announcing an acceptance into their child’s college of choice. After the rounds of congratulations and phone calls to family and friends comes the reality of financing four years of tuition, room, board, books and living expenses. How will you pay for college? Understanding the sources of college funding is an important component of your college plan.
Freshmen, it’s not too early to start thinking about your college plans. Your first step is to build a strong resume. If you establish high standards and work hard, you will set yourself up for unlimited opportunities when you apply to colleges in the fall of your senior year. Here are some tips to get you started:
Who you are and your life depends on your past, your community, your neighborhood, your childhood, your parents, etc. This can be summarized by calling it your “circumstances” or your situation. This can sometimes weigh heavily on you if your circumstances are not ideal or are challenging. The good thing is that your circumstances don’t always determine who you are in the future.
Every high school student wants to succeed in the classroom. We all want to gain knowledge, earn good grades, and set the stage for success in college and beyond. Excellence in the classroom comes from dedication and hard work. Remember, every student wants to succeed, but not every student wants to pay the price or has the strategies it takes to succeed.
In 2004, I received my doctorate in American Studies. Upon graduation, I moved to Arizona for job opportunities and the warm climate. Six months after my move, I noticed a series of Rio Salado Community College advertisements regarding alternative paths to certification.
Colleges offer high school seniors several application deadline options to control as well as predict the number of students who will actually matriculate to their institutions in the fall. Your job is to understand your options and plan a strategy that will best suit your goals for admission. Now is the time to make your plan as the first application deadlines are often in early November.
Editor’s note: This is the second of a monthly series of eight columns focused on teens. We will discuss ways teens can become successful in school as well as outside of school. The importance of defining goals, and practicing small efforts that will yield success.
May 24, 2013 marked my last day of work for the 2012-2013 school year. As soon as I received notification that my final paycheck was available, I literally “threw up the deuces,” hugged my colleagues, and “eased on down the road.” I was determined to have a carefree summer — one devoid of daily commentaries regarding instructional strategies and the effectiveness of Common Core.
Each fall, after crossing the hurdle of back-to-school fever, parents of high school juniors and seniors have the added burden of facing the confusing college application process. News stories remind parents of the spiraling tuition costs and increased unemployment among college graduates while colleges sell parents on the need for a degree in today’s changing American economy.
For the next eight months we will be doing a series of articles that are focused on teens. We will discuss ways teens can become successful in school as well as outside of school. We will discuss the importance of defining goals, and practicing small efforts that will yield success.
Fall is the time for high school seniors to begin college applications. For many the college essay can seem daunting. What should I write about? How will I make my essay interesting to an admissions committee? Where do I begin? You actually have many remarkable stories to tell that will set you apart from other applicants. Let’s take a look at how you can thoughtfully approach this task.
As anyone who has ever taken a standardized test knows, the last step in preparing for the test is to sharpen your No. 2 pencil. That may not be enough, however, for those thinking about taking college entrance exams. Planning and preparation for the ACT/SAT should begin now for rising seniors. Here are some topics to consider as you establish your test-taking strategies.