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  • Post 674 - College Tours/Visits! - Day 5

    Posted by Sherry S. Andrews - Career & College Wise at 3/24/2017 3:00:00 AM

    Career & College Wise        Friday, March 24, 2017

    Post 674 - College Tours/Visits! - Day 5

    Email: ccw@lee.k12.nc.us

    Please email me with your thoughts, concerns, and questions.

    Once a student takes a formal visit at a college/university.  I would advise the student take an informal visit.  You say - what is the difference?  In a formal visit/tour, it will be obvious that the college is only showing and telling you all the good things the school has to offer.  In an informal visit, the student will see the good and the bad.  An informal visit may require you to take an overnight visit where you stay in a dorm and do the college life for a day and a night.  By making this informal visit, the student will get a real life experience at that particular college.  On this visit, do what the other college students are doing - eat in the cafeteria, attend classes, and discover what the students do in the afternoons and evenings for fun.  Many colleges will help you make this happen on their campus and others will leave this visit totally up to the student.  Take this opportunity to talk to lots of different people:  Professors, students in the discipline you plan to seek, students in the honors program, students in athletics, students who do work-study as part of their financial aid package, and just people in general.  Don't be afraid to ask questions!  There are no dumb questions! 


    Suppose you can't afford such a visit.....talk to the admissions office about it and some schools actually provide financial assistance for such visits.  To help with the costs if the school cannot, take a friend and share the costs of the trip.  If these things are not possible, explore the Internet on this school.  Look at the 3-D images of dorms and buildings.  Know what you can know because a person who is willing to research information will make a more informed decision! 


    Have a wonderful Friday and an outstanding weekend!!


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  • Post 673 - College Tours/Visits! - Day 4

    Posted by Sherry S. Andrews - Career & College Wise at 3/23/2017 3:00:00 AM

    Career & College Wise        Thursday, March 23, 2017

    Post 673 - College Tours/Visits! - Day 4

    Email: ccw@lee.k12.nc.us

    Please email me with your thoughts, concerns, and questions.

    Anything worth doing is worth planning.  So how does one plan a campus tour:

    1.  Visit the school's website and most often there is a link to register for a campus tour or there is a phone number to call to set up a campus tour.  Easy!!  Try your best to visit the school when students are in session.  You will get a better feel for the school by visiting the school at this time.  Registering for a visit is most important.  Visiting a campus counts in the admission process. 

    2.  Download a campus map - this will be helpful for parking when you arrive on campus.

    3.  Allow plenty of time:  to travel to the campus and for your stay on campus.  Don't rush this trip.  Enjoy and see everything both formally and informally!

    4.  With technology - your phone - take notes and pictures of everything.  By doing these two things, you can more easily compare your schools.  If you don't, trust me, you won't remember everything and this just makes it an easier process for both the student and the parent.

    5.  Once you finish the tour, take time to explore the surrounding area.  Eat at a local restaurant.  Visit the shopping area.  Make certain you are comfortable with the area the college is located in because you will want to do things with friends and classmates in the surrounding community and you want to feel safe and enjoy the surrounding environment.

    6.  Pay attention to the travel to the school and the travel home.  Do you have good roads to travel.  If flying, is the trip to the airport stress-free and easy to manage.  Does the college provide a shuttle to and from the local airport?

    7.  Talk about what you liked and disliked with your parents on the way home and write these things down for future comparisons.

    8.  Ask you parents what they liked and disliked about the campus!


    Make the most of your college visits!


    Have a great Thursday!


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  • Post 672 - College Tours/Visits! - Day 3

    Posted by Sherry S. Andrews - Career & College Wise at 3/22/2017 3:00:00 AM

    Career & College Wise        Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    Post 672 - College Tours/Visits! - Day 3

    Email: ccw@lee.k12.nc.us

    Please email me with your thoughts, concerns, and questions.

    We talked about places to visit on campus.  Now, while on your tour also look for the following:

    1.  Hang out spots on campus.

    2.  What are the students doing in between classes?

    3.  Imagine how you see yourself fitting into this campus lifestyle.

    4.  Is the campus like a country club or a park or a recreation center or city-like or diversified?

    5.  How is the parking on campus?

    6.  Does the school show its school pride throughout campus?

    7.  Are visitors welcomed on campus?

    8.  Are the buildings and grounds well cared for?

    9.  What is the level of saftely provided on campus?

    10.  What other options are avialable beyond the cafeteria?

    Wow, so much to consider in this college tour/visit process!

    Happy Wednesday!

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  • Post 671 - College Tours/Visits! - Day 2

    Posted by Sherry S. Andrews - Career & College Wise at 3/21/2017 3:00:00 AM

    Career & College Wise        Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    Post 671 - College Tours/Visits! - Day 2

    Email: ccw@lee.k12.nc.us

    Please email me with your thoughts, concerns, and questions.

    Welcome Spring! 

    College Tours/Visits - Day 2 - Campus Informational Session

    If you are offered an informational session to attend, please go!  Sometimes they offer a student session and a parent session at the same time.  These sessions most often last for an hour or a little more depending on the number of questions being asked.  I like these sessions for several reasons:

    1.  Someone presents an overview of the admissions process at this particular school.

    2.  Someone from the Financial Aid Department will present information concerning the process.

    3.  Normally, the Dean of Students will present the unique academic programs on campus.

    4.  Someone from Student Life will present information about housing and campus life activities.

    5.  Sometimes the President of the college will speak particularly at some of the private colleges and universities.

    What I like most about the information sessions is the questions that the students and the parents ask!  It might be your questions answered or questions asked by others and answered that give you a better understanding of the school.  It also allows you as a parent to put a name to a face so if you are in need of talking to someone at the college.

    Have a great Tuesday!


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  • Post 670 - College Tours/Visits!

    Posted by Sherry S. Andrews - Career & College Wise at 3/20/2017 3:00:00 AM

    Career & College Wise        Monday, March 20, 2017

    Post 670 - College Tours/Visits!

    Email: ccw@lee.k12.nc.us

    Please email me with your thoughts, concerns, and questions.

    This past Wednesday, March 15th, I addressed the college visit, but folks have written in asking for more details, so this week will be devoted to planning a college tour/visit. 

    Today, the topic is:  Campus Highligts!

    Remember, when you are on a campus tour, you are seeing what the college wants you to see.  So, how do you see what they don't want you to see?

    1.  See the new dorms and see the old dorms.  See dorms that are apartment style and hall style as well as suite style!  Noitce how many are using the bathrooms. 

    2.  Visit the old academic buildings and the new high tech buildings and visit a classroom in each type of building.

    3.  Check out the library or libraries and check to see how far the freshman dorms are located from the library or computer labs or academic tutoring centers.

    4.  As I stated in an earlier blog, check out the school store - what kind of pride does the school exhibit with its school store?

    5.  Check out the gym(s).  What facilities are available for students to use on a daily bases.  Also, check out the gym the team plays in for volleyball and basketball.  How many does it hold?  Does it represent the school well?

    6.  Check out the theater on campus - the one for drama and the one for movies - yes, some schools have an actual movie theater complete with popcorn and drinks!

    7.  See the Student Center or as some call it the Student Union where students gather to socialize - what does it offer?  Some offer arcade games and bowling alleys and various places to eat. 

    8. Check out the availability of buses, trolleys, vans that provide transportation about campus and around the city.


    The campus tour is most important so ask to see the good and the bad of each.  You don't want to be surprised when you get on campus to live for 4 years.

    Have a wonderful Monday!!

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  • Post 669 - ARE YOU WEARING GREEN TODAY? Create options on St. Patty's Day!

    Posted by Sherry S. Andrews - Career & College Wise at 3/17/2017 3:00:00 AM

    Career & College Wise        Friday, March 17, 2017

    Post 669 - ARE YOU WEARING GREEN TODAY?  Create options on St. Patty's Day!

    Email: ccw@lee.k12.nc.us

    Please email me with your thoughts, concerns, and questions.

    Happy St. Patrick's Day 2017!!  I first have to apologize that my GREEN isn't showing the color green.  This blog software doesn't allow for me to use colored text!  Sorry about that!

    Create Options on St. Patty's Day 2017!

    It is a known fact that children to adolescents to adults change their career choices on average six times in a life span. Many parents ask how to direct their children towards a career, and I am the first person to say that it is not about direction but all about creating options and providing exposure to all possibilities. 

    What do I mean about creating options? How do I create options for my child?

    1. Read information for knowledge such as this blog!

    2. Have your student take a strong academic curriculum while in high school.

    3. Provide opportunity to learn about colleges by visiting colleges, attending college fairs, attending college open house events, and studying a college’s website.

    4. Have your child get involved in school activities and take pride in their school.

    5. Have your child get involved in community activities by participating in events or volunteering at local organizations.

    6. Understand what colleges expect of applicants.

    7. Help your child through the testing process by seeking a strong preparation program.

    8. Have your student be willing to step outside his/her comfort zone to explore new opportunities!
    9. If they have heard of a job, have them research it and then shadow someone in the job!
    10. Be open to your child's ideas - don't be so quick to judge!

    If we create options for our children by using the above avenues, success will surely be possible for them no matter the career they end up choosing!


    Happy, happy Friday - have an awesome weekend!

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  • Post 668 - Rave reviews on Tuesday's National College Fair!

    Posted by Sherry S. Andrews - Career & College Wise at 3/16/2017 3:00:00 AM

    Career & College Wise        Thursday, March 16, 2017

    Post 668 - Rave reviews on Tuesday's National College Fair!

    Email: ccw@lee.k12.nc.us

    Please email me with your thoughts, concerns, and questions.

    I have spoken to a number of students and parents who attended the National College Fair in Raleigh this past Tuesday night and each person has had many positive things to say about the experience and the one big negative is that there was definitely lots and lots of people in attendance which caused long lines at popular colleges.

    The National College Fair started about seven years ago in Raleigh with about 500 attending; this year, they were expecting at least 6,000 but an early account shows numbers even higher attending. Since this event has been so well attended, I believe they will continue to hold it in Raleigh once a year during the month of March. Well over 100 colleges and universities were in attendance this year, and I fully believe that next year even more colleges will participate – many North Carolina colleges and universities and numerous schools from across the United States! 

    This program is open to all students – I definitely encourage all juniors to attend, but also it is important for middle school students, 9th graders, and 10th graders to attend such an event. Since this event is now over for this year – students should opt to visit colleges and plan to attend Open House Events on campuses they wish to learn more about. Additionally, juniors should plan to attend all Fall college fairs available as well as Fall Open Houses – colleges want to know you are genuinely and sincerely interested in attending their school. 

    The good things the students and parents stated about the National College Fair held Tuesday night in Raleigh:

    1. Good Location

    2. Nice venue – large and capable of holding the large crowd

    3. Good parking

    4. Large variety of colleges represented – small to large; in state and out of state; unknown to well known

    5. College Recruiters were easy to talk to and willing to share good information

    6. Students and parents sought information from colleges they had never considered but would now simply based on the information received

    7. Students were able to establish positive contact with someone on a college campus and could begin receiving information from each college/university

    8. All stated that they were glad they braved the crowd and would certainly return again next year

    I hope this information allows you to know why it is important to make college fairs a part of the college process, particularly early in the process!

    Have a great Thursday - the weekend is only one day away!

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  • Post 667 - March 15th - The Ides of March - Known as a Turning Point!

    Posted by Sherry S. Andrews - Career & College Wise at 3/15/2017 3:00:00 AM

    Career & College Wise        Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    Post 667 - March 15th - The Ides of March - Known as a Turning Point!

    Email: ccw@lee.k12.nc.us

    Please email me with your thoughts, concerns, and questions.

    Yes, three years ago today it was most definitely a day to remember for the Andrews Family.  It was the day my first grandchild was born - Calvin Clayton Andrews - a wonderful "turning point" for my family!  What a joy Calvin has been to our family - he is full of mischief, as a little boy should be, and exudes love and kindness to all!  In my eyes, he is a ray of sunshine!  Calvin is our "Ides of March" - our turning point!  

    Happy 3rd Birthday Calvin!  

    Use this day to plan - make it your turning point!

    If you are a junior in high school, this spring season is most important for you. It is your time to make your college list. It is your time to visit colleges. It is always best to visit a college when they are in session, so when our high school students are out for spring break our college students are busy finishing up their spring semester. Call several colleges and set up visits or go online and register for a visit. Use your spring break wisely!!

    When you visit a college do the following:

    Take a tour both a formal one and an informal one!

    See several different dorms and styles of dorm rooms – hall, suite, single, double, triple, apartment, etc.

    Visit the student store - this is where you see the pride a school has for itself!

    Eat in the cafeteria - food is important! - Check out other places on campus to eat with your meal card too!

    Attend a sporting event or any campus event - See how students attend and interact with one another!

    Attend a class if offered - Great way to see how at least one or two professors interact with students.

    Speak to a professor or advisor in your chosen area of study - begin to build relationships!

    Ask what students do for fun over the weekend - speak to students who are living the college life everyday - ones who have not been programed what to say!

    Talk to students and ask questions about what they like and dislike about the campus - and ask how the school overcomes the dislikes!

    Talk to an admission counselor - again make a connection and begin to build a relationship!

    Most importantly, visit, visit, visit! A visit can open your eyes to campuses you never dreamed of and can also open your eyes to campuses you thought were a sure thing but learn they are not for you! Both of my children proved this very fact to me! If you are going to somewhere like Myrtle Beach over the break go to visit Coastal Carolina University, take a road trip to College of Charleston, and a road trip to UNC Wilmington! No matter where you are going – visit the colleges in the area and have fun doing it!!


    Have a great Ides of March - remember to make it your turning point!


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  • Post 665 - Percentage of students accepted at the UNC System schools

    Posted by Sherry S. Andrews - Career & College Wise at 3/14/2017 3:00:00 AM

    Career & College Wise        Tuesday, March 14, 2017

    Post 665 - Percentage of students accepted at the UNC System schools

    Email: ccw@lee.k12.nc.us

    Please email me with your thoughts, concerns, and questions.

    HAPPY 3.14 DAY!!!


    ANNOUNCEMENT:  Today is the day, March 14th, is the National College Fair in Raleigh at the Civic Center from 4:30 to 7:30.  The student must register at the following Website:  


    - this college fair is one of a kind in that most of North Carolina's colleges and universities will be present and numerous colleges from out of state and across our nation will be present.  This college fair is only offered once a year in this area, and it is open to all who wish to attend for FREE.  The colleges who will be in attendance are listed alphabetically on the Website; please Juniors through middle schoolers, plan to attend!!! I have been talking about this event for over two months on the blog!  Please remember that you must pay in cash for parking - $7.00!  Have fun and read last weeks blog posts for specific info on the college fair.


    Overall Admission Rate is most important to students as they are beginning the college search. It allows future applicants to know how many students apply to that school, how many students are accepted, how many students fill the freshman class, and percentages. It is a most important aspect that most students overlook in their list making. It tells a student if the school is highly selective, selective, or an easy admission. Let’s compare the UNC System Colleges and Universities in this area;

    Overall Admission Rate:

    (From highly selective – based on percentages - to sure bet type of schools) – All numbers below based on 2015! 

    1. UNC Chapel Hill = 25% of 31,835 applicants (This year, 2016, they received 41,500+ applications and they still accepted the same number meaning they accepted 18%!)

    2. North Carolina Central University = 39% of 7,989 applicants

    3. Western Carolina University = 39% of 15,142 applicants

    4. North Carolina State University = 40% of 24,616 applicants(Largest schools and Land Grant Institution)

    5. Elizabeth City State University = 52% of 3,040 applicants

    6. Winston Salem State University = 54% of 4,068 applicants

    7. North Carolina A & T State University = 55% of 7,368 applicants

    8. UNC Wilmington = 57% of 10,838 applicants

    9. UNC Greensboro = 58% of 10,154 applicants

    10. Fayetteville State University = 61% of 4,106 applicants

    11. UNC Charlotte = 63% of 14,300 applicants

    12. Appalachian State University = 66% of 13,673 applicants

    13. UNC Asheville = 69% of 3,173 applicants

    14. UNC Pembroke = 72% of 3,087 applicants

    15. East Carolina University = 73% of 15,320 applicants

    16. North Carolina School of the Arts = NOT Reported

    It is important to realize the number of applicants to schools and the percentage of students who are accepted. Now granted, all the students who are accepted will not attend so colleges do over accept – some more than others. This info should be a part of any student's equation when creating a college list and guess what....Juniors need to be finalizing that list and freshmen and sophomores need to be starting a list!


    Have a extraordinary great day on this Tuesday!!

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  • Post 664 - Again, Go to the National College Fair Tomorrow - Tuesday, March 14, 2017

    Posted by Sherry S. Andrews - Career & College Wise at 3/13/2017 3:00:00 AM

    Career & College Wise        Monday, March 13, 2017

    Post 664 - Again, Go to the National College Fair Tomorrow - Tuesday, March 14, 2017

    Email: ccw@lee.k12.nc.us

    Please email me with your thoughts, concerns, and questions.

    So as a reminder, tomorrow is the Natinal College Fair in Raleigh at the Convention Center Downtown.  It is FREE!!  You must pay for parking in cash $7.00!

    Last week I spent each day on something different about the college fair:

    1.  Why go to the college fair?

    2.  How ot prepare to impress at the college fair!

    3.  Good questions to ask each rep you talk to at the college fair!

    If you missed any of these posts, please go into the archives on the right of the home page and read each post - print if you need to!

    The most important advice I can give you is to dress nice and go prepared with questions and the willingness to step out of your comfort zone to talk with each rep.  Do not let your parents be the ones to direct the conversation; this is your show.  Of course, parents are encouraged to go with you, but you are taking the lead in this one.

    Remember, the college reps you are talking with at each table of the college fair will one day sit at the admisssion table at their respective school making decisions about you - accept or deny!  A good impression now can be the difference maker for you!! 

    Put your best self forward!!  Be confident!  Be prepared!  Look your best student look!

    After you attend tomorrow evening, please send me an email about your visit to the college fair!

    Have a wonderful Monday! 

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