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COLLEGE TOURING LIST BY REGIONAs you begin your college visitations, below on this page is a listing of schools by region to assist you in the process. This is by no means an all-inclusive list of all colleges/universities available to you. The options are endless. This is meant to serve as a starting point and guide for you to use on this journey.
- College Kickstart...https://college-kickstart.com/blog/item/suggested-college-tour- itineraries - map out a tour by region for schools interested in visiting.
- Day Tripper - https://daytripperuniversity.com/campuses/ - full of GREAT info and resources
While the college process can be stressful, have some fun on your visits! And remember, should you have any questions or need assistance along the way, do not hesitate to reach out to your guidance counselor.
- Students need to brainstorm really well (What I want colleges to know about me)
- Use www.collegeexpress.com
- Use research on admissions data sent to you… ED vs. RD
- Think about uncommon activities that really count (do you blog, journal, did you teach yourself a skill, language or something for fun, are you really good at something “outside the box”) See activities tips on pg 3.
- Use lists, not complete sentences in resume
- Be as specific as you can in resume (organize and instruct 20 boys ages 6 thru 10 on basketball fundamentals.)
- Use active verbs on activity sheet (think images- see list of Action Verbs)
- Use ADDITIONAL INFORMATION section to explain anything like “why I changed schools”, health issues impacting grades, etc. DO NOT fill it with random stuff….no second personal statement
- If you have a single parent, English is your second language, are a first-generation college student, low income…these things are important to share somewhere in the application
- Get a recommendation from someone who teaches a CORE subject taught recently and who really likes you.
- If you are interviewing PRACTICE…you can see how much a school values the interview by going to the College’s Common Data Set (C-7)
- Prepare talking points before your interview (information you want to segway into)
- Write a “Why Us” Essay before the interview
- Prepare 3 Questions for the interviewer - What is something that the students rave about that I should not miss out on?
- If you need to ask for more money - “Financial Aid Appeal”- don’t say the other school gave me…explain why you can’t afford to attend based on package.
- If you want to create a personal video, use First Cuts. Great way to not have to memorize, just invest in a cheap mike.
- When you complete the application do a value scan …see what values, skills, qualities are highlighted. See the list below on pg 2.
- Make an essay tracker spreadsheet. You should be able to tweak supplements to fit in prompts for different schools.
- In the “Why Us” essay, don’t talk about college size, location, weather or student-faculty ratio. Don’t talk about rankings. Make a list of things I want…Make a list of things college offers...go from there.
- Listing your activities - highlight in the description what you accomplished, your skills.
- Addressing community service - what did you do ...your specific role …what impact you had
- If you have a Why this Major essay, list 2 or 3 sentences. Why you are interested and how you will explore your interest on campus.
- If you have to discuss DIVERSITY and fitting in…redefine it. Think about all kinds of diversity - does not have to be racial..political, religious, etc.
- If you need to address CREATE YOUR OWN CLASS, find a sample syllabus in the college, give your course a title, a hypothetical meeting time. Use colon in the title – be creative
- Addressing a change of school - put them at ease by giving them a reason ..tried to make the best of it.
The activities section is one of the most important parts of your application. Extracurricular activities are one of the best ways to differentiate yourself from the rest of the applicant pool and make yourself stand out as an exceptional candidate. Colleges want to know what your life is like outside of the classroom. Have you developed strong interests over time? Are you a leader? They are looking for students who are potential pioneers in their future fields.
You should spend some time considering what to include in the activities section of the Common Application. There are certain limits, so it is essential to be selective and concise. Unlike your education and testing, you have control over what to include and how to describe your activities, so you should put some thought into it.
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Do's and Don'ts for "WHY US" Supplement
You be the Evaluator - Does this person actually want to go to this college or not so much:
Given that I am an individual that genuinely enjoys being introduced to new concepts, ideas, and new information, Kalamazoo would definitely be a great fit for me. Being around sophisticated and intellectual students, with similar ambitions as mine, would inspire me to challenge myself on a daily basis. By doing so, I would gradually grow not only as a student but as a human
What do we learn about what makes K-Zoo special in this student’s eyes? Absolutely nothing.
Let’s try again:
SMU has a program called the NCA, which stands for the National Communication Association, and it helps support students to be able to solve problems by communicating. SMU also has over 90 student organizations for students to get involved with that can complement their academic pursuits, which will allow me to join organizations I really enjoy.
…..Oh, as opposed to that other university where the professors aren’t dedicated to helping students succeed
So how do you write sentences that sound like you actually want to go to school?
I believe USC is perfect for me because, though other schools offer a Judaic Studies major, I have yet to find a program as comprehensive as USC’s. Take, for example, courses like “Biblical Hebrew” (as opposed to just Modern Hebrew ) and “Why be Jewish?”
Look how specific…
Though the CogSci program at USC is in its inaugural year and little information was available during my open house visit, I was able to contact Associate Professor of the Psychology and Linguistics Toby Mintz through email and was happy to discover that USC’s program is extremely interdisciplinary in nature, cross-cutting traditional disciplines such as psychology, philosophy, linguistics, computer science and anthropology. I have always been interested n languages (I speak three), consider computer science strength and am drawn to the “Philosophy of Language” courses, as I recently wrote a research paper addressing the potential implications of applying for JL Austin’s work with “performative utterances” to smartphone technology.
While this is beyond amazing….you can see clearly why he is specifically interested in USC while at the same time REVEALING MORE ABOUT HIMSELF.
- Critical Thinking
- Intellectual Curiosity
- Good Judgment
- Social Consciousness
- A willingness to take risks
- A sense of social responsibility
- A commitment to service
- Special talents or abilities
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