How to Stay Safe on College Campuses

Many college students are simply unaware that they must look out for their personal safety and security at college.  Be sure to talk with your college-bound student about campus safety. This may be the first time that they are away from home without a family member or close friend to look after them.  They must get used to new ways of doing things, a new place and a new schedule which may leave them walking around unfamiliar areas at odd times…

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How Should I Choose a College Major?

Deciding a college major can seem like a daunting task--after all, it means you are choosing your life's work, right?  Some independent educational consultants specialize in interest, personality and career assessments. Many students just don't know where to start in picking a major or exploring careers.  Of course, a good place to begin is with your high school college counseling website.  Some high schools use Career Cruising, some use Naviance.  There is no one best way to begin.  You may find it helpful…

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Do This Before You are Off to College!

  You've picked a college?   Now what?  Are you done, just waiting until move-in day?  NO!  There's still a lot to do to get a great start off to college as a college freshman.  Here are some tips on what to do next: ASAP You've probably sent in your enrollment deposit already--most people did that by May 1. This is the first step, required well before you're off to college.  Be sure that you submitted the deposit for enrollment,…

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Beware Senioritis

Senioritis--Why Avoid It? We often joke about Senioritis.  Technically it means the pain of being a Senior but for most, it’s not exactly painful. It’s that time when students are so close to finishing up and want to coast their way to the finish line. After all, there is so much going on with prom, upcoming graduation parties, the taste of their new college life and that impending freedom from parents.  Students have worked so hard and just want a…

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College Visits 101

High school juniors are deep into college visits right now.  Summer break will see those college visits increase by leaps and bounds.  If you are starting now to explore colleges, you have just a few months to learn a lot about your colleges.  Make the most of those visits by following these suggestions. Get an Idea of What You Are Looking For Obviously, one of the reasons you are visiting colleges is to learn what matches you, but you want…

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College Decision

Before May 1st College Decision

May 1, the widely known "College Decision" Deadline, is looming.  If you haven't yet decided, we have listed below some questions to consider before saying "Yes". Social Fit Questions May I talk with a current student from my part of the state/country so I can get a student's perspective? What do students do on the weekends?  Are parties the primary form of entertainment?  Does the college provide lots of speakers, films, concerts (big and small), outdoor activities, indoor activities, that appeal to…

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The Flip Side of Your College Decision

So, you've finally made your college decision -- where you will spend your next few years. Tough College Decision How difficult that decision can be! If the choice was not made crystal clear by your own love for one school over the other, or for a significantly better financial offer, you may be feeling a bit sad about having to choose the “better” of two or more great options. Doesn’t it remind you of the Robert Frost poem, The Road Not Taken? Two roads…

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Your Final College Decision

Congratulations! You are about to make your final college decision, and about where you will spend the next 4 to 5 years of your life.  Yes, it is an important decision because if you change your mind, it will likely cost you valuable time and money. So now, it is all about how to compare your choices. Compare College Value This is a good time to compare the value of each college. Not every college can be evaluated on its “face…

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Celebrating Quietude

I’ve been reading Susan Cain lately.  She’s the author of "Not Leadership Material"  in the New York Times, and she’s become known as a cheerleader for quiet people, the introverts, and those who are often unnoticed. Cain says that our society has outwardly rewarded and valued those who are the opposite of quiet, the extroverts, the noisy ones, those who talk first in a group, those who are often viewed as “the leaders”. I recommend her book, Quiet: The Power of…

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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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