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  • Post 718 - What age or grade should my child start planning for college? Day 4 - Rising 11th Graders Please Read!

    Posted by Sherry S. Andrews - Career & College Wise at 5/25/2017 3:00:00 AM

    Career & College Wise              Thursday, May 25, 2017

    Post 718 - What age or grade should my child start planning for college? Day 4 - Rising 11th Graders Please Read!

    Email: ccw@lee.k12.nc.us

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

    It is now time for us to continue on our journey of college planning - we have already talked about 9th and 10th grade - let's start the talk about 11th grade planning.

    1.  Continue taking challenging courses and if you haven't been...then start - show growth in your schedule.  If you took Honors English I and II and made an A or a B in the courses then please consider showing growth by taking AP English III.

    2.  In addition to showing growth in the classroom through your schedule, please also show growth in your school and community activities.  Colleges look for students who take initiative and leadership roles on teams and organizations.  

    3.  Get ready to gear up and take the SAT and ACT.  Plan to take the SAT at least twice this fall (August-a new test date this year, October, November, December OR January) and at least twice in the spring March, May, OR June.   Plan to take the ACT for the first time in February of your junior year when the state provides a free testing the last Tuesday in the month of February.  If you like the test, then continue to take the ACT - April and/or June.  Make a testing plan now and stick to it.

    These three "things to do as an 11th grader" are just the beginning of a long list that we will be discussing throughout next week.  Tomorrow, we will take a break and celebrate Memorial Day!  Yes, there will be a blog entry for Monday - Memorial Day!!

    Have a great Thursday!

    As school is drawing to a close this year, finish strong!  Study for your exams!

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  • Post 717 - What age or grade should my child start planning for college? Day 3 - Rising 10th Graders Please Read!

    Posted by Sherry S. Andrews - Career & College Wise at 5/24/2017 3:00:00 AM

    Career & College Wise              Wednesday, May 24, 2017

    Post 717 - What age or grade should my child start planning for college? Day 3 - Rising 10th Graders Please Read!

    Email: ccw@lee.k12.nc.us

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

    Calling all 10th graders and soon to be 10th Graders and even those who want to think ahead:

    Okay - you have successfully completed your Freshman year....so now what?  Continue planning and doing the things you know will help you with your College and Career pursuits.  It is not a time to get lazy and rest on your laurels - it is really a time to get busy!

    Here are some simple suggestions about the Sophomore Year of high school:

    1.  Continue to connect with your school counselor and teachers at your school.  Ask questions and be proactive.  Don't sit back and wait for them to come to you - they have hundreds of students they are dealing with on a daily bases - be your own advocate and go ask questions.  There are no stupid questions in the college and career process.  Also valuable to you at your high school is the career center and the individual that mans it!  Seek help and seek advice!

    2.  I know registration is over for this year, but if you did not make wise choices and now regret it - please go and talk to the counselor and get it right!  You only have one chance to get your sophomore year done right so take advantage of the end of the school year and the summer months for doing just that.  You need a challening group of eight courses and you need to show growth in your course work from 9th grade to 10th grade.  For example, if you took regular English I your 9th grade year and made an A or a B in the course, please show growth by taking Honors English II.

    3.  As the school year progesses, along with your family, take day trips to various colleges for an informal tour.  Get a feel for the campus.  As I said yesterday, always visit the cafeteria (and eat there too), the student store, and a dorm or two.  These places give you a true feeling of the campus environment and a taste of the food!

    4.  Evaluate your high school involvement.  If you only joined one club as a freshman, it would be my advice to find at least one more to be active in as a sophomore.  As well as showing academic growth in the courses you take, you should also show growth in your school and community acitivities. For example, if you had membership in one club as a 9th grader - continue with that club and join a club committee while adding at least another club to your list.  Think about joining a school athletic team or working as a volunteer at a local bread basket.  In other words, get involved.

    5.  Make certain to take advantage of all College Fairs in the area as you enter the fall.  We will have one in October and the Raleigh area will have a national college fair in March 2018.  I will keep you informed of these dates.

    6.  Consider strongly taking SAT Subject Tests at the conclusion of the specific subjects.  For example, when you finish taking biology sign up to take the Biology SAT Subject Test.  Don't wait until your senior year to take such test when you have forgotten what you learned as a 10th grader!

    7.  In the fall, take the PSAT (must sign up through your school - I will keep you updated on the date - Scheduled for Wednesday, October 11, 2017) and the Pre ACT (given at all high schools to 10th graders in the fall as part of the state testing plan).  Schools decide the date of the Pre ACT so listen to your announcements.

    8.  In the spring, plan to take your first SAT in May or June just to get a baseline score for your strengths and weaknesses.  

    Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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  • Post 716 - What age or grade should my child start planning for college? Day 2 - Rising 9th Graders Please Read!

    Posted by Sherry S. Andrews - Career & College Wise at 5/23/2017 3:00:00 AM

    Career & College Wise              Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    Post 716 - What age or grade should my child start planning for college? Day 2 - Rising 9th Graders Please Read!

    Email: ccw@lee.k12.nc.us

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

    Planning for college or a career is an overwhelming process, and it is often dificult to begin the process because you may not know how to start such an overwhelming process.  The earlier the student begins the process the more likelihood the student will develop far more opportunities at the end of the process!  If the student waits to begin the process during the senior year, not only are the opportunities narrowed but the process is even more overwhelming.

    Think of it this way....

    Knowing what I know now, how should I approach the college plannig process as a student entering high school next year as a Freshman?

    1.  While traveling this summer on vacation or as you play with your travel ball team or go to a family wedding - whatever the travel - take the time to visit any and all colleges and universities during the course of your travels - even the colleges and universities you have never considered.  Be openminded!  Always visit the cafeteria, student store, and a dorm or two - this gives the student the best idea of student life on the campus.  At this point, it does not have to be a formal tour - just the student and the family walking the  campus.

    2.  Take time this summer to set up an appointment with your school counselor to talk about your upcoming schedule - particularly, if you are worried you did not ask for a challenging course load.  The Freshman year is so important to 1.  Be Challenged and equally balanced....2.  But not overwhelming - students need to get a good start at their high school career.

    3.  Students should begin to talk honestly about their college hopes and dreams with their parents and parents need to be honest with their children.  When my children began this process, I was very honest with them - you can apply anywhere you want to go, but because our state has such wonderful public universiites and the cost is far more reasonable than any private or out-of-state school.... my responsiblity is to pay up to but no more than what it would cost to attend one of these state universities.  Any cost above had to be fulfilled by scholarships!  As most of you know, both of my children ended up and graduated from two very prominent private insitutions in North Carolina - my son...High Point University and my daughter...Guilford College.  Both followed my requirements - as a matter of fact they far exceeded my requirements - I never paid more than $5,000 any one year for my son to attend HPU and my daughter recieied a full academic scholarship to attend Guilford College.  It is because they planned, and they planned early and wisely I might add!

    4.  Prepare to start your freshman year with the attitude that you can do anything and when it gets hard ..... get help!  

    5.  Get involved in school and community activities!! 

    Okay future Lee County 9th graders - here is your plan.

     

    Have a great Tuesday!

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  • Post 715 - What age or grade should my child start planning for college?

    Posted by Sherry S. Andrews - Career & College Wise at 5/22/2017 3:00:00 AM

    Career & College Wise              Monday, May 22, 2017

    Post 715 - What age or grade should my child start planning for college?

    Email: ccw@lee.k12.nc.us

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

    The question is....When should I start plannig for college?  

    Some think:  Oh, that is done your senior year of high school and sadly most feel this way - applying to college and for scholarships and financial aid - yep Senior year!

    Other think:  It is best to get an early start on college by planning during my junior year! 

    Yet others believe:  When I enter high school I need to begin to plan for college!

    A few think:  As soon as my child is born, I need to plan for college!

    So...what is the real answer to the question?

    I watched on TV a clip about a family of five siblings who all have graduated over a 22 year period from Boston College with the youngest sibling graduating last year.  Their father, a night custodian at Boston College, told each of his five children from an early age that he expected each child to go to college - no exceptions!  Consequently, college was always a part of the family conversation and each child never questioned - do I go to college or not - but where am I going to college!  So yes, think college from an early age - and most importantly....plan for college from an early age. 

    The father of this story made approximately $60,000 a year - it costs $65,000 a year to attend BC.  WoW!  65,000 X 4 years = $260,000 per child to attend BC X 5 children =$1,300,000.  Because the father worked for BC, any child accepted could go tuition free.  The father said that he had paid less than $3000 per year for each child to attend because of this BC allowance as well as scholarships the children acquired for attendance.  Wow X 5!!!  He expected and the children delivered!  The key was that they had a goal of applying to BC with the hopes of being accepted and to get into BC - you have to be a really good student!  They worked hard and it paid off!

    Once you as parents make it a constant conversation in your house at a very young age, then create opportunity by encouraging your children to explore career opportunities.

    Talk about it early and set the expectation.  Get serious about the planning process while in middle school and as you plan your schedule for your 9th grade year - make certain to create a 4 year high school plan.  As each year of high school approaches, deepen your plan with details and options.  Over the next few days, we will discuss your steps at each grade level.

    Enjoy your Monday!  The end of the school year is fast approaching!!

    Tell you friends to read the blog!.

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  • Post 714 - Encourage others to read the blog and ask questions!

    Posted by Sherry S. Andrews - Career & College Wise at 5/19/2017 3:00:00 AM

    Career & College Wise              Friday, May 19, 2017

    Post 714 - Encourage others to read the blog and ask questions!

    Email: ccw@lee.k12.nc.us

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

    Hi readers, I am speaking directly to my current readers asking that you take the time to tell others about the blog.  I want the blog posts to be what you want to know about in the career and college planning.  I ask that you tell others about the blog, and I also ask that you send me your questions so that I can answer the questions you have about the college planning process. 

    For parents, this college process is so different from what you experienced when you were applying to college and for some parents this is your first go-around with college anyway, so please read the blog to help you sort out the issues that concern you and even more - send me your questions - I do not use names or specifics...I will only talk in general terms or at times I use my own personal experiences.

    I look forward to seeing hte readership continue to grow!  

    Have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend!

    See you in blogland next Monday!!

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  • Post 713 - A Spring Acceptance - Please explain this option! More on this subject!

    Posted by Sherry S. Andrews - Career & College Wise at 5/18/2017 3:00:00 AM

    Career & College Wise              Thursday, May 18, 2017

    Post 713 - A Spring Acceptance - Please explain this option! More on this subject!

    Email: ccw@lee.k12.nc.us

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

    Finally, today...let's be honest with some advice for those seniors who have a spring admit:

    1.  When you start in the spring, please , please don't over do it.  Yes, you are a bit behind your fellow freshmen classmates by missing the fall semester, but you can't assume you are going to make it all up in one semester.  Take no more than 15 hours and no fewer than 12 hours - find your happy number of credit hours.  Have a heart to heart with your college adviser.  It is most imperative that you allow time to soak in the campus and its surroundings - find a club to get involved in and take part in the school.

    2.  Make a wise decision - you know all your friends are planning to start college in the fall and you want that too so you begin thinking you will go ahead and select another school just to get things going like everyone else.  Big mistake!  If your first college choice is the one that has accepted you on a late arrival start for the Spring- please don't make the mistake of going somewhere else just because you have a less than desireable start date.  Be a trendster - be a difference maker - make your own path by choosing what is right for you.

    3.  Make certain to get on-campus housing for your spring start - it is the quickest way to feel a part of the school, its environment, and its atmosphere!

    4.  If you desparately want a fall start, go to the admission office and state your case.  By the mid to late summer, they might actually have a spot for you.  It doesn't hurt to ask and to let your wants known!

    You are your own best advocate!  Go for it - along the way there will be some nos, but there will also be yeses!!  

    Have a wonderful Thursday!!  The weekend is coming!!

    Remember tell your friends about the blog!

     

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  • Post 712 - A Spring Acceptance - Please explain this option! More on this subject!

    Posted by Sherry S. Andrews - Career & College Wise at 5/17/2017 3:00:00 AM

    Career & College Wise               Wednesday, May 17, 2017

    Post 712 - A Spring Acceptance - Please explain this option! More on this subject!

    Email: ccw@lee.k12.nc.us

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

    Yesterday, we spent time on the postives of receiving a delayed acceptance at a college - such as starting in January instead of the traditional Fall semester.  It has become a popular avenue for some colleges.

    Here are some drawbacks:

    1.  You will see that the Spring semester offers FEWER Intro-level or Inroductory level courses during the Spring Semester.  This issue can be a real bummer.  Tomorrow, we will discuss how best to over come this issue.

    2.  There are several things you will miss that are often events students need in the beginning semester of college.  For example, you will miss Freshman Orientation and the new student socializing events that occur at the very beginning of the school year.  This delayed entrance could delay your entrance into Greek Life if you are pursuing this avenue while in college.  Additionally, many of the clubs hold open admission only at the beginning of a school year, so you will have to wait until the following fall for joining many clubs and organizations.

    3.  Friendships will already be established particularly in the roommate arena.  Even moving into a dorm room where the roommate might have had the opportunity to have the room completely to him/herself.  My daughter had this situation.  She had lived in her room completely by herself for the entire first semester and then she was assigned a roommate for the Spring semester - it was an adjustment for my daughter - she had to share a closet and other items in her room that she did not have to do during the first semester.  Lots of folks have to adjust to the new situation.

    4.  Due to starting a semester late, you may have to delay your graduation or to get your graduation back on track you might want to consider attending summer school to make up for the lost semester.

    In another post, I am going to give you some constructive things to consider doing the Fall semester while you wait for your Spring entrance!

    Have a great Wednesday!  Keep in mind the school year is drawing to a quick end so be on your toes with your grades!!!

     

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  • Post 711 - A Spring Acceptance - Please explain this option!

    Posted by Sherry S. Andrews - Career & College Wise at 5/16/2017 3:00:00 AM

    Career & College Wise               Tuesday, May 16, 2017

    Post 711 - A Spring Acceptance - Please explain this option!

    Email: ccw@lee.k12.nc.us

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

    Yes, more and more colleges are accepting students for the Spring semester instead of the Fall semester.  Granted, the largest majority of incoming freshmen are entering in the traditional Fall but colleges have gotten really good at predicting the number of those entering in the Fall who might not make it to the Spring and they want those seats filled.  I know UNC Wilmington and Appalachian are two colleges with such an acceptance practice and I am now hearing of others such as NCSU. The Spring semester also has students who have graduated at the end of the Fall semester and many students choose to study abroad during the Spring Semester opening up spots on campus housing and classroom space.  

    Here are some possible advantages of starting in the Spring semester:

    1.  The campus is settled and far less hectic in the Spring because all the students are settled into their housing and their course work.  Consequently, you can have a smooth, peaceful start to your college career.

    2.  The delayed start allows you to have some needed time for yourself.  Maybe, you should consider some constructive opportunities that we are going to talk about in an upcoming blog post.

    3.  The delayed start allows for you to do any academic catchup.  Your college may offer some online classes that will prepare you for college level work!

    Tomorrow - we will discuss the drawbacks of a delayed Spring entry.  And we will evidentually discuss in a post things you might want to consider doing while being delayed!

    Tune in tomorrow for more on this subject.

    Have a wonderful Tuesday!

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  • Post 710 - Juniors....Let's get started with the college process! Are your ready? - Day 10

    Posted by Sherry S. Andrews - Career & College Wise at 5/15/2017 3:00:00 AM

    Career & College Wise               Monday, May 15, 2017

    Post 710 - Juniors....Let's get started with the college process!  Are your ready?  - Day 10

    Email: ccw@lee.k12.nc.us

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

    Have you ever heard someone ask:  Are we there yet?  Yep, I have too!  And I know you are wondering after all my talk about over the last week or so - you are saying .... Are we there yet?  In most cases, yes we are there but only in the talk phase....now it is time for the do phase.  

    Hove you ever heard an individual say...You are what you eat?  Sure you have and I am a firm believer that we are indeed what we eat!  For us as we plan for college...we are what we plan.  If we choose to plan on occasion, then we will occasionally reap a success.  If we choose to plan nothing, then we will find ourselves, in a way, behind the eight-ball.  However, if we plan and plan wisely with thought and discussion with those who have experience, then we will find success in the outcomes of our plans.  

    Please take the time today to read back over all the last 10 posts and begin to take action now so that success will be discovered in the college application process.  Do not wait and if you haven't already started then you are behind!  Take heed - be what you plan so you can create your path and know when you have arrived!

    Share the post!

    Happy Monday - It's a beautiful day to make a plan!

    Thanks for reading!  Until tomorrow!

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  • Post 709 - Juniors....Let's get started with the college process! Are your ready? - Day 9

    Posted by Sherry S. Andrews - Career & College Wise at 5/12/2017 3:00:00 AM

    Career & College Wise               Friday, May 12, 2017

    Post 709 - Juniors....Let's get started with the college process!  Are your ready?  - Day 9

    Email: ccw@lee.k12.nc.us

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

    If you are a junior, use your summer wisely to impress colleges!  Find something academic to expand your knowledge by attending a summer program in your area of interests.  Or, if the opportunity arises, travel with your family within the United States or outside our country.  Or, get a job where you show responsibility and dependability.  Or, volunteer in the community - not because it will look good on a resume but because you desire to help your community in a way that you genuinely enjoy such as if you are a baseball player then volunteer with the local recreation department or help with the Miracle League of the Triangle - find somethig that you enjoy doing and do it for others - pay it forward! Also, and most importantly, spend this summer visiting colleges and universities - visit all those that you are even considering applying to this fall.  Visit on your own or set up an actual tour - but visit!  

    Thanks for reading the blog and please share it with others who are juniors and anyone who is in high school and those in 7th ad 8th grade as well.  Send me your questions, comments, concerns - use the email at the top of this post.

    Have a wonderful Friday and an even better weekend!  You are an awesome audience!  Next week more info for our juniors! 

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