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Sophomore Explore! The Road to College. Beth Walsh- Sahutske , MA LPC Grosse Pointe South Counseling. JV says…. Let’s get home before the first pitch. Pencils ready?. First a Quiz (don’t worry – its just for fun) Inspired by Patrick O’Connor, Cranbrook. Recommended Reading.

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sophomore explore the road to college

Sophomore Explore!The Road to College

Beth Walsh-Sahutske, MA LPCGrosse Pointe South Counseling

jv says
JV says…

Let’s get home before the first pitch

pencils ready
Pencils ready?

First a Quiz

(don’t worry – its just for fun)

Inspired by Patrick O’Connor, Cranbrook

recommended reading
Recommended Reading

College is yours 2.0: Preparing, Applying, and paying for colleges perfect for you

By Patrick J. O’Connor, Ph. D.

if you re a horned frog
If you're a Horned Frog,

what college do you attend?

what college
What college…

requires its students to dress for dinner two to three times a week, sometimes in academic robes?

what must every graduate
What must every graduate…

of the University of Chicago, Bryn Mawr, Cornell, Columbia, MIT and Swarthmore be able

to do

what do these schools have in common
What do these schools have in common?

Arizona State University

Muskingum University

Curry College

what do these colleges have in common
What do these colleges have in common:

Colorado College

and

Cornell College of Iowa

what do these colleges have in common1
What do these colleges have in common:

Lawrence University,

Bates College,

and

Hampshire College

what do these colleges have in common2
What do these colleges have in common:

Cooper Union

Berea College

US Naval Academy

Curtis Institute of Music

what do these colleges have in common3
What do these colleges have in common:

Kalamazoo College,

Knox College,

Birmingham-Southern, Southwestern University, and

Ursinus College

what school in michigan
What school in Michigan…

is among the leaders in producing

Rhodes Scholars?

what college1
What college…

is among the nation's leaders in its percentage of students who are student athletes?

what is the main reason
What is the main reason…

most students are denied admission to

University of Michigan

ok one more
OK one more…

What schools have a Quidditch Team?

it s all about the qualities
It’s all about the QUALITIES
  • What qualities are a priority?
  • Matching is a two way street
  • Matching student (family) and college requires time, patience, and research
go see do hit the gas tank tour
GO! See! Do! Hit the Gas Tank Tour
    • Goal is NOT just to look at schools you might attend but to get on a campus to observe
    • Pay attention to the QUALITIES that make this campus unique
    • Just the facts, Ma’am. (no judgment)
    • Go on a tour. Sit in on a class. Take it in.
  • Document
    • Take notes as soon as you can following the visit. (Yes, this means the ride home)
consider the dynamic duo
Consider the Dynamic Duo!

No…not that dynamic duo

consider the dynamic duos
Consider the Dynamic Duos!

Plan your Gas Tank trips to hit two schools in a day:

  • Western Michigan U and Kalamazoo College
  • U of M Flint and Kettering
  • U of M A2 and Eastern Michigan
  • Miami U & Dayton
  • DePaul and Northwestern
  • Purdue and Rose-Hulman
prepare academically
Prepare Academically
  • Keep working hard in school
  • Use PLAN (3/5/13) & PSAT (10/20/12 )test results
  • Consider what, if any, test prep is necessary
    • Independent study (red book ACT prep)
    • Online prep (Q of Day and ACT/SAT resources)
    • Individual Tutoring
    • Test Prep Courses
  • Read
paying for college
It’s not too early to think about it

Who is on your team?

Student

Parents

Possibly Financial Advisor

Paying for College
paying for college1
Second String Supporters

Religious Affiliations

Community Organizations

Professional Organizations

School Resources

Paying for College
strategize
Strategize!

Evaluate

Discuss Regularly

Keep Active in the Process

know your resources
Know your resources

Online Scholarship Search Engines

School website resource lists

FAFSA, CSS Profile

College Specific Scholarships (Merit & Need Based)

College Financial Aid Offices

be careful
Be Careful!

Never pay for a scholarship search

Keep personal information secure

Be aware of scholarship scams

conclusion
Conclusion
  • Carpe Diem! Seize the Day!
  • Make a plan
  • Set a goal (3 colleges by the end of the school year?)
  • Meet with your First String team mates regularly (same time/same place quarterly)
    • Use this time to communicate developing ideas/goals/plans
    • Keep it healthy and positive
questions comments feedback
Questions, Comments, Feedback

Resources available on the South Counseling Web page including this presentation and some helpful handouts & links

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