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Getting Started With The College Search Process

Getting Started With the College Search Process

A common question posed by parents of college bound students is “when should we start the college search process?” The answer: “sometime before your child goes to college!” The point being is that there is no hard and fast one size fits all answer to that question- it is all about each family’s situation and capacity to take on the college project. Findings from the College Parent Readiness Questionnaire (CPRQ) that I developed provide some insight about when the families…

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5 Reasons Why Juniors Should Begin Their College Search NOW

Somebody recently told me that they thought talking to high school juniors this early about their college search was just a scare tactic.  The “scare” will be if you put off beginning your college search much past the Fall of Junior year.  Why the rush?  Here are just 5 good reasons:   It Takes Time to Figure Out Your Career Direction Sure, going into college as a “Still Deciding” major is just fine!  And, the more you know about your…

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5 Tips To Create A Winning Bracket (Or College List)

5 Tips to Create a Winning Bracket (Or College List)

Written by MCPT Guest Blogger, Kristina L. Dooley, CEP,  Independent Educational Consultant/Certified Educational Planner at Estrela Consulting, originally published on March 24, 2016 1 in 9.2 QUINTILLION. According to mathematicians around the world, those are your odds of picking a perfect NCAA tournament bracket. You’re more likely to win a Powerball jackpot, become President of the United States, or be cast in a recurring role on Real Housewives of Easter Island than to correctly predict the outcomes of 100% of…

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5 Factors To Weigh In Deciding Your College

5 Factors to Weigh in Deciding Your College

Deciding your college can still be a daunting task, even when you've been accepted to your favorite schools,. After all, you are not simply choosing where to live for the next 4 years, you are choosing your alma mater, your mentors, your future friends and colleagues.  Clearly, this is not to be taken lightly.  Here are a few things to consider seriously as you continue deciding your college. More Than Your Major Aside from your chosen major, how is this college…

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3 Questions To Answer Before You Choose Your College

3 Questions to Answer Before You Choose Your College

Your college acceptances and awards are finally finding their way to your inbox.  How will you finally choose your college?  Even though you may have a favorite, we advise you ask yourself several tough questions before you make your choice. Is This College Where I Felt the Greatest Connection to Faculty? So why the big deal with the college faculty?  Because they are your primary mentors in the college environment.  They will help guide your reason for being there—to learn…

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Finding The Best-Fit College For A Student With Disabilities

Finding the Best-Fit College for a Student with Disabilities

Finding the best-fit college for a student with disabilities will take some work, but it is absolutely possible. Here are some words of advice if you know a young person with any kind of disability (physical, learning disabilities, mental health issues, etc.) who is considering higher education: Research is key in finding the best-fit college for a student with disabilities It is important for families (especially the student!) to do their due diligence to research schools starting in their child’s…

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How Your College Essay Is Like Your Face

How Your College Essay is Like Your Face

It’s that time when many HS Seniors are thinking about writing and revising their college essays.  Some believe that the essay must stand out and be different so that the reader remembers them.  Others feel the need to show a certain kind of perfection and intensity in their essays so they write, re-write, edit and edit again. Still others write it at the last possible moment without giving it any editing in the hopes that they will make the submission…

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Why The College Search Is Like Buying A Home

Why the College Search is Like Buying a Home

This is for all the parents out there who are feeling anxious about their kids’ college process.  Let’s think back to when you first bought a house.  Were you overwhelmed by the process?  Did you do your due diligence?  Did it work out okay?  Better yet, did you survive that process?  The college search and selection process has many similarities and parallels to the house buying process.  Here are a few of them: The choices are often overwhelming There are…

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Why Do Families Hire A College Consultant?

Why Do Families Hire A College Consultant?

Some parents have the time and energy to become experts in whatever interests their child.  But most don't.  Parents find coaches to help their kids with the sports they gain and lose interest in over the years.  They hire tutors to help with ACT and SAT test preparation.  They hire nutritionists or medical experts when their child is experiencing physical problems.  Why not hire a college consultant for the college application process? Who is a qualified consultant? The majority of…

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A College Fair May Change Your Life

A College Fair May Change Your Life

College Fair season is nearly upon us!  Don't underestimate the potential of a college fair to change the trajectory of your life!  The first one I suggest you attend is coming soon to a metropolitan area near you:  Colleges That Change Lives.  This organization is a not-for-profit consortium of colleges that was created in 1998.  Normally, you would attend a college fair to meet with and speak to representatives from some particular colleges.   That is not my advice here.…

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