Your New Beginning.

Well, the time has come. You have done it! Considering all has gone well, within the next 30 to 60 days, you will be finished with high school. Congratulations on your graduation. Whether you are headed to college, a trade school, the military or work, you have accomplished something significant.
As you look to the future, remember that your life and choices make a huge difference. Your efforts can make the world a better place to live in. Every positive action that you send out into the world has ripple effects. Let your life equal a big wave…. or maybe even a tsunami.
Now… march forward. Become the best you can be. Transform the world! Onward!

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Winding It Down

By now, you have likely committed to a college for next year. Over the next two months, it may be difficult to stay focused. You must continue to attend class and do your schoolwork so that you have a strong finish.
Start looking for something useful to do during the summer to stay occupied and out of trouble. Many jobs are available and there may still be opportunities to apply for additional scholarships.
Just stay engaged and anticipate a great future. Onward!

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Managing Your College Acceptances

It’s time to start considering your choices. By now, most people have an acceptance from at least one if not a few colleges.  Over the next thirty days, most colleges and universities will attempt to fill their freshman classes.  If you have received multiple admissions, you have a very important choice to make.
When evaluating your admissions, it is first important to consider how each university fits into your ultimate goals.  Whatever your intended career, some schools will be a better match than others. You should also consider the financial aid package being offered by each school.  Are you being offered a scholarship from one of your top choices? Considering the long term impact educational debt can have on you, a school that offers scholarship money definitely warrants consideration.  
Once you have made your decision, inform the school and ask what other types of financial aid are available.  Many schools will offer work-study or will give additional funding to students with special abilities (athletic/musical).
You have done well.  Keep going!

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Tracking Your Responses.

Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful winter break! Most application deadlines for the US and Canada closed towards the end of December. If you did not get an application in, there are still schools that will accept applications up to March or April.
For those who already submitted, it is important for you to monitor your email’s inbox, junk, and spam for University correspondence. An institution may need to contact you concerning missing information or clarification of some aspects of your application. In addition, some of the more competitive colleges and universities require an interview before they make acceptance decisions.
Meanwhile, enjoy your final months of high school and look positively towards your next chapter. Onward!

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Common College Interview Questions

Common College Interview Questions
 
Q1:  Tell Me About Yourself?
They want to know your story.  Everyone has one; therefore, show them how unique you are. Introduce yourself by placing yourself within a context in society.  Discuss your passion, interests, and hobbies. Be specific but avoid cliché and common descriptions.
 
Q2: Why Are You Interested In This College?
To answer this question you need to research the college, talk about your interest in the major and the academic program or extracurricular activities. Don’t give reasons like affordability or distance or prestige and rankings.  Show genuine interest
 
Q3: Why Do You Want to Major in _____?
Here focus on academic goals, inspiration, and benefits for society. Add your personal touch and the experiences that provoked your interest. You could mention how this major will help you pursue your future career. Avoid talking about job benefits like money or prestige.
 
Q4: What Are Your Academic Strengths?
They would want to know your perspective on your own academic performance. Start thinking about your academic strength then write them down. Don’t give a short answer like “I am talented with arts” or “good with science”, look at those with depth, for example, “I am good at writing or deduction skills”, don’t forget to mention if you are a visual or auditory person. Mention how you practically use those skills to achieve more in school and in your academic future.
 
Q5: What Are Your Academic Weaknesses? How Have You Addressed Them?
Everyone has weaknesses.  What’s most important is how you address or nullify them.  It is arrogant to say that you have no weaknesses. Your interviewer wants to know the challenges you face and how you overcome them. Tell your own story and explain your strategy.
 
Q6: What Do You Plan to Contribute to This School?
They are looking for students who will have a positive influence on college. So avoid vague answers like “contribute to a good work environment“, talk more about things you want to achieve while in college, like extracurricular activities, clubs, and community services.
 
Q7: What Do You Expect to Be Doing 10 Years From Now?
They don’t expect a detailed plan but they want students with direction. However, general answer like “having a successful career and helping the world”, try to be specific like mentioning research you want to part of, you could talk about personal and family goals to real uniqueness.
 
Q8: What Would You Change About Your High School?
By this question, colleges are trying to understand your priorities, be respectful to your high school, but also be specific. Better to name it IMPROVEMENT think about academic and personal aspects, such as “more resources for music and art department, or library”
 
Q9: Whom Do You Most Admire?
Be thoughtful in your choice.  Colleges want to get a better look at your values, thus be very specific to why you admire this person. Is this person famous or someone you personally know?  What do you admire in them, and what do they inspire in you?   If possible, prepare this question with that person and see if they reward you with a hug.
 
Q10: What Is Your Favorite Book?
By knowing your favorite book they gain a better knowledge of your interest and verify that you actually read books. Don’t just mention the book’s name.  Talk briefly about what interest you or why you found it enjoyable or inspiring. What did you learn from the book?  Did it help you get a new perspective or values?
 
Also, keep updated on current events.  Don’t be surprised if you are asked about news or what you have recently read in articles.
 
Q11: Why Do You Want to Go to College?
In other words, what makes you want to pursue higher education?  Definitely avoid answers like “my parents want me to or I want to attend parties”.  Give reasons like pursuing future goals, a specific career or passion.  Discuss college activities that will increase your awareness and facilitate your intellectual and emotional growth.
 
Q12: What Do You Like to Do for Fun?
Try to be specific. Don’t just say “hang out with friends or watch youtube/TV”.  Make your answer deeper and specific to the reason why you do that specific thing. Does this activity help you relax, unwind, or re-invigorate you for a new day? Explore the joy in your activities.
 
Q13: What Is an Obstacle You’ve Faced and How Did You Get Through It?
Remember all the sweat and tears you experienced.  Now is the time to talk about how you got through it.  Explain the challenge and the plan you had to deal with it and what were the results. The obstacles may be academic or extracurricular, personal or social.
 
Q14: What Makes You Unique?
It might be hard to give a specific answer as it might be the sum of all the questions above. Try to think about specific traits and demonstration of them that make you stand out. You could always talk to the people around you for their opinion.
 
 
 
 
Good Luck to you, do your best!

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The Final Stretch

Happy New Year! Welcome back to your final months of high school. By now all of your applications for college should be submitted. It’s a good idea to start watching your email for correspondence from the schools you applied to. If there is anything missing from your file, the school needs to clarify some aspect of your application, or they would like to set up an interview, they will start contacting you this month.
There are still scholarships out there that you can apply to if you believe you will need additional funding. Remember that not all scholarship funding is exclusively for tuition. There are scholarships where the funds are available for the student to use for books and living expenses once tuition is paid.
Alright, keep looking forward. Onward!

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College Interview Tips

College Interview Tips
 
Even if this is not the first interview in your life, it is the most important. This interview can get you into your dream college. So let’s prepare.
 
Before Your Interview
-Sleep Well: you need to be focused, attentive and relaxed.  A good nights rest is essential for this.
-Eat Something: A good breakfast the morning of the interview will give you the energy you need; however, be sure to not overeat or eat a starchy meal.
-Dress for Success: Traditional suit business attire is safest.  You can show your character during the interview.  Your unique fashion sense can be displayed later when you start school.   Be sure to check if they have an interview dress code.
-Do Your Research: Do some research on the college and the professors you are going to be interviewing with.  If you are interested in a specific aspect of the school, knowing what makes that program stand out for you compared to the same program at other schools is important
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The Day of Your Interview
-Be On Time: A good model is to try to be 30 minutes early.  Thirty minutes will cover worst-case scenarios like getting lost.  Arrive 30 minutes early, relax and get in your best mindset to show how absolutely amazing you are.
-Chewing Gum: Absolutely NO gum!
-Give in-depth answers to questions: this is your chance to show them who you are. Your interviewers want to know you, short answers might make you look disinterested or worse, uninteresting.   Attempt to engage your interviewer in conversation.
-Breath And Take Your Time: don’t talk too fast or slow.  Remember to breath and talk normally, while avoiding being monotonous or overly emotional.  When asked a question, pause a moment to formulate your thoughts.  This will make you look confident.  Regardless of your political or personal views, avoid being confrontational if your interviewer has opposite opinions.  You will have time to take those differences into consideration when making your final choice.
-Stick To The Truth: Overly embellishing, exaggerating or telling half-truths is extremely risky.  Discovery of your dishonesty can cost you not only your admission to college but your reputation.  Present the best real you possible.  Everyone is unique in some way.  Focus on those characteristics.  They are often your greatest strength.
-Ask Thoughtful Questions: make sure that your questions are not obvious or that they can be found easily on the university’s web page.  Preparing for the interview helps with this.
-Be Yourself: over-prepared speeches with perfect or cliche answers can look artificial and insecure.  Speak from your personal experiences and add your personal touch
-Be Grateful and Be Polite: remember you are in an official interview.  Avoid using slang language,   Show your appreciation by sending your interviewer an email afterward thanking him or her for the time you spent together.  If after the interview you still want to attend the school, let them know.

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This Holiday, Lets Give More than We Receive

When was the last time you gave away more than you received for the holidays? This may sound like a bizarre question but a recent study by Harvard University showed that people receive more benefit from giving than receiving. They tend to be happier.
During the holidays there are more opportunities to give to your community than at any other time. Whether it is helping a church or homeless shelter to serve Thanksgiving dinner to people in need or organizing a gift drive for community children at Christmas, there is something for everyone. Perhaps you would prefer to join forces with your friends and organize your own event.
Not only do these holiday acts of kindness go far to develop you as a person, they ultimately strengthen your application for university. When competing for college scholarship money or during that application interview, you will have more to talk about than your academics. Taking time to help others and learn about their existences is very humanizing and can ultimately help you stand out from the crowd.

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Applying for College Funding

You are making one of the smartest long term life and career decisions by applying to college. It’s time to work out how to pay for it. When you submitted your application, your parents also submitted a FASFA application. The FASFA includes your parent’s financial information and will be used by the federal government to determine how much federal college tuition assistance you qualify for. Although this amount in many cases is significant, in almost no situation will it cover the cost of your education?.
This is where loans, scholarships, and grants come into play. Bank loans allow you to borrow the money. You, however, will have to pay this money back at significant interest rates.
A more effortful but astronomically more rewarding option is to apply for grants and scholarships. Many universities will offer scholarships to students based on need, merit, or special ability (athletic or artistic). These scholarships are on a first applied first considered basis.
There are also millions of competitive scholarship dollars given every year by companies, specialty, and philanthropic organizations to help students afford a university education. Because they are competitive, a little more effort is required in the form of essay writing or some other creative/scientific endeavor. The pay off for this extra work can be enormous.
As you weigh your options, take a look at the scholarship and grants section on the teenunme.com website. You can also talk to your school counselor about known opportunities. Do it soon. Deadlines start in November.
You are almost there. Go forward, always pushing to succeed. Onward!
 

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College Application Season Has Started!

It’s the beginning of your senior year of high school. Look at you! You made it to the final stretch. Senior year of high school is one of life’s pinnacles. It signals the start of your transition from being a teenager to becoming an adult. For many, there is another important transition to plan for….the transition to college or university.
Now is the time to prepare for this transition. College application season has begun! If you are applying for early decision, most universities have a deadline of November 1. Some areas early as October 15. Be sure to check the dates at the University of your choice if you plan to apply early. For regular admissions, you must submit your application by the end of December to be in a good position.
A good guideline is to apply for between 10 to 15 schools. Make sure that two-thirds of the schools are moderate to easily within your reach. Only one third should be a dream or highly competitive schools.
If you have been using our system, you probably already have a wealth of experiences to jazz up your application and personal statements. You also have access to some universal college application services. Just go to the “Get Ahead” tab and choose “Apply to College”. You will also find links to some scholarship services.
Alright! Move forward! Onward and upward! Hooray!
 

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