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Parents: It Doesn’t Matter What College Your Kids Attend

Good read from Psychology today. Our focus at CollegePrep Lab is finding the college that is the “BEST FIT” for a student and that doesn’t necessarily mean an elite college.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/freedom-learn/201812/parents-it-doesn-t-matter-what-college-your-kids-attend

With over 4000 schools in the US to choose from your student should be able to find a school or several schools they are comfortable and happy at. College is a time to grow and explore who they are and what they want their future to look like.

Last week my daughter asked me why I didn’t encourage her to pursue a more lucrative job market where she could make a “lot of money”. My answer to her was…”because I knew you wouldn’t be happy in that kind of job/environment”. She agreed but then said…”but it would help”. We had a laugh about it and then acknowledged that it would have probably been a miserable life for her. If you can love your job and make a decent living one where you aren’t struggling to make ends meet then it’s a win win.

There is so much pressure in the world today to be the “BEST”. At CollegePrep Lab we help students define what makes them great using a holistic approach, meaning we look at the whole student. There are many facets to a person. We explore those unique qualities that each and every student has and really work to hone in on them.

Your choices and decisions are never final. You can always make changes along the way but I would encourage you to really think about what you are passionate about, what gets you up in the morning, and pursue those ideas. Opportunities come in all shapes and sizes and if you are working 70 hours a week at a high pressure job you could just possibly miss the beautiful little things life has to offer. Be open to new ideas and uncommon possibilities you may never have thought of. Take a risk, step out and try something different, you may find you really like it!

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Is College Worth It?

Operation Varsity Blues has a lot of people asking the question, is college really worth it? This scandal has left many people wondering what now…

I believe colleges aren’t going anywhere. Yes there is definitely a need to overhaul the college admissions system but unless you are a self directed learner and have the discipline that goes along with it then I think there will always be a need for College.

Colleges offer more than just academia. A college is also a place where students learn how to assimilate and collaborate. Students learn tolerance, compassion, how to live and cohabitate amongst a diverse population, how to advocate for themselves and other very valuable life lessons. One would argue that you don’t need to go to college to learn these lessons however one does need a means and fortitude to go out and find the resources to put these things in place for themselves. If you are an introvert you will not seek out these kinds of experiences. Going to college has a way of helping us step outside of our comfort zones. Again someone would argue that you don’t need to go to college for these experiences and yes college isn’t for everyone but it is for some.

There are some learned skills and experiences that you just can’t put a price on. I know in my daughter’s case, she led a pretty sheltered life in high school. She immersed herself in her studies and did very little socially with her friends. She played varsity soccer which was one of the only social outlets she had outside of school otherwise she preferred to stay home.

Going to college was a new start for her. She was eager to leave high school behind and set out on a new adventure. Reinvent her self so to speak. College was a vehicle in which she could let her walls down to discover who she really was. She used her college experience to try new things, travel, and join groups and organizations that you can only find on a college campus.

In college my daughter still worked very hard carrying an average of 18-21 credits a semester, this is just who she is. At college, she was able to continue to develop her strong work ethic and self-determination something that to this day continues to serve her well at her job. Employers know and recognize these strong, ethical traits and like these qualities in their employees.

There are many kinds of students and a learning style that works for one student will not always work for the another. I would argue that unless you are highly motivated and have laser focus you will probably do just fine teaching yourself with online courses, however, there is something to be said about being accountable to your professors and classmates. The thing about professors is if you don’t care, they won’t care. They aren’t going to hunt you down and make you come to class. Going to class every day takes a great deal of self-discipline which is another admirable trait. Employers will expect you to be at your job every day. College was not designed to get people jobs, it was designed to prepare people for the job market.

The “ART” of the Audition

Auditions

There is a lot at stake during the audition phase of your college application but just try to relax, you will do great! Here are some tips, tricks and food for thought you might find helpful:

Many schools also require that applicants send a pre-screening recording that gets evaluated by faculty before live audition invitations are made. Check your preferred schools for the requirements in your area, and start rehearsing.

  • For Music Students:
  • For best results, try to mentally prepare so your nerves don’t interfere
  • Let your true self come out in your music. Convey meaning through your performance
  • What do you want to convey to the world through your music? Share this message with the faculty panel and let them hear it in your music.
  • Don’t aim for unattainable perfection
  • Get our of your practice room often. Performing frequently in front of teachers, friends, family, etc will help you become more comfortable in front of an audience.
  • Consider taking private lessons. You should have several years of private lessons if your desire is to audition for a conservatory. You should also have some experience performing in high-level ensembles.
  • Choose a repertoire that shows your strengths.

Making the Most of Your Audition:

  • Generally an audition will last 15-20 minutes. (time may vary based on the instrument)
  • Remember, your audition begins before you enter the room.
  • Dress appropriately and arrive well-rested
  • Prepare your music in a binder so it is clean and organized for the accompanist
  • If the opportunity presents itself, rehearse before the audition. Don’t worry if can’t, you will have time to run through your music.
  • Plan ahead – decide which piece you would like to start the audition with
  • Enter the audition space with confidence and a smile
  • Playing a few notes to tune will help you relax before you begin. Doing this will lead to a stronger audition
  • Allow yourself to participate fully in the experience
  • Settle into your audition space, get into the right frame of mind, take 10 seconds to ground yourself. Faculty wants to hear you communicate with confidence and musicality.
  • Good preparation is key!

Students in Musical Theatre and Acting

Not all theatre schools require an audition, but among the ones that do, many require that students not only apply to the school in general, but also to the individual theatre department. You need to make sure you have completed your audition successfully before you act on the school’s acceptance.

Colleges look at student with a wide range of experience and skills. Know yourself and the person you are. Yes, your coach, teacher or parent will have an idea of who that person should be but this is your time, and ultimately you will be the one doing the work, wherever you go to school so relax, take your time, and bring your best work.

Making the Most of Your Audition:

  • Students are required to upload pre-screening materials. Every college will have their own requirements so carefully check their website for details
  • Students who’s pre-screen materials pass, you will be asked to schedule an audition. One example of college audition might look like this: At the audition, students take part in a warm-up with two or more faculty, a vocal warm-up and then a 30-minute master class/workshop with faculty, usually consisting of movement work, games and partnering exercises.
  • Find age-appropriate roles
  • Choose material that you love
  • One of your pieces should be with an imaginary partner
  • Choose contrasting material that shows some range
  • Know your audition material well – Rehearse until that character feels like it has become a part of you
  • Pay attention to your volume. Screaming is never a good thing
  • Trust yourself, you are enough
  • Choose your material wisely. Profanity or sexually charged language isn’t always appropriate
  • Dress appropriately for your material
  • Enjoy telling the story
  • Be knowledgeable about the program to which you are applying – Do your research
  • Be yourself – They want to get to know you the person and you the artist through your audition

How to stand out on a college application

Hundreds of applications come cross the desks of admissions officers every year. What can you do to help them remember you?

The key to your success is, be prepared to tell your true and authentic story. What makes you, you? Admissions officers are interested to hear about yours successes and how you overcame your failures. They are eager to learn how you plan to make a difference both on and off campus.

Pay Extra Attention to the Application Instructions

  • Allow plenty of time to complete your application
  • Review and double-check every question
  • Don’t exceed the maximum word counts on essays and short answers. Only include extra materials if asked to do so

Capture Their Attention With Your Personal Story

Start with an opening sentence that is unexpected and raises a question in your readers mind. This will capture their attention and make you more memorable. A good place to start is by writing about a specific moments in your life and how it affected you.

Don’t Generalize or Quote Inaccurate Facts

  • Application readers are really turned off when an applicant uses the wrong college name or incorrect college facts in his application. (again, attention to detail)
  • Don’t be vague or generalize when answering the short answers, instead be specific tell them what it is about their college that you really like
  • For example, you could mention how their college offers programs you haven’t been able to find at other colleges or there is a certain class/professor you want
  • Get your facts straight
  • Cookie-cutter application don’t cut it

Demonstrated Interest is a Big Deal!

  • Make a point of visiting the campus
  • Set up an appointment to meet your college representatives
  • Make special appointments with professors and department heads
  • Talk to student leaders
  • Be sure to researched the college’s website in depth that way you can discuss topics that directly correlate to your major or the college. This will show the admissions advisor that you have done your homework!

Show The College You Are Commitment

Apply early. If you are pretty confident that “College A” is one of your top choices, early action decision will put your application at the front of the line. If you’ve exhausted your research for potential colleges and know that without a doubt “College B” is the school for you, then you should apply early decision. Keep in mind this is a binding contract so once you commit to College B, you will have to retract any verbal early action commitment you may have made with another college.

Other Ways to Stand Out

  • Get letters of recommendation from people who really knows your character, work ethic, commitment and dedication.
  • Assess your academic strength. Could you improve in any area, how are your standardized test scores? Could you take the test again and do better? Are you challenging yourself in your high schools classes with AP courses, are you taking a foreign language? (some colleges and universities require 3-4 years of foreign language).
  • Include a resume of your accomplishments. Just be sure the college accepts resumes with applications.
  • Manage your online self. This is super important. If necessary “Clean up” anything on social media that could be questionable. A good barometer would be to ask yourself, Would I be OK if my grandmother saw my Facebook, or Instagram accounts? Make sure the college sees the person you want them to know.

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Casting a wider college net may bring some unexpected results

Choosing schools you never heard of is a good place to start. I challenge you to put a few schools on your list that you would have never dreamed of applying to. That includes both reach and safe schools. Some wonderful schools can be found in the book Colleges that Change Lives.

When my daughter was applying to college in 2014 for whatever reason there were some schools that weren’t even on her radar. Of course, she applied to her dream school but she also applied to schools that excited her and had the major and extracurricular things she was looking for.

She did campus visits at the colleges she was applying to, to see if she could see herself there. Some schools checked all her boxes and met all her criteria and yes, some didn’t. She had her list narrowed down to 2 schools and was pretty much decided when a family member suggested she apply to “just one more school.” My daughter wasn’t convinced she would get in but applied anyway. This last minute school turned out to be the school she attended.

My point for telling you this story is to illustrate that your dream school may not be the school you end up at, my daughters wasn’t. Also, a dream school doesn’t necessarily mean an “Ivy”. Maybe your dream school is a small college in a rural area because you love nature and intimate settings and relationships with friends.

It is important to ask yourself, “am I choosing this school for it’s prestige and status or because I want my parents to be proud of me, or is it that you need their approval? Or are you choosing the college because you truly love it there? Or do you feel comfortable and at home on campus and that you see yourself fitting right in?

Life has a way of presenting options to us and sometimes those options are the course we must travel. I see the recent college scandal Operation Varsity Blues as a sign for students to explore their options and be open to whatever path they are destined to follow. It may be your dream school or it may not just know whichever one you choose it will be the right one for you.

Last I checked, there are more that 4000 schools to choose from

This latest college admissions scandal rocked the industry. It was a scandal of great proportion. Many of you may feel betrayed, and rightly so. What surprised me is that this has been going on for years and is just now being exposed. There were admissions people who knew about these unethical dealings way back in the 80’s (and maybe even further) and chose to ignore it. Donations should never be traded for admissions for someone under qualified.

That being said, we must remember that college is a business and it’s not necessarily that the college is at fault, it’s the people who are running the college and administrators at the high school level who turned their backs to suspicious dealings that need to be called out for their actions. It’s these few bad eggs who now make us question whether or not going to college is something attainable for our children. I believe college is absolutely attainable and even more so now that this scandal is out in the open. There is a valuable take away we can all get from this:

Parents share this with your students and have them sit in this thought for a moment.

Students; What would give you greater satisfaction, empowerment and confidence, knowing you applied to college and got in on your own merit or that you had help doctoring your test scores or your parents made a huge donation (bribe) to the college to secure your admissions? Obviously, I would hope it would be getting in on your own merit. If you did say your own merit, nothing has really changed for you, you are still going to have to put in the time and work hard in school.

Now that this scandal has been exposed, the middle class and under privileged students will now have a level playing field. All schools will be available to all students who qualify and that is a wonderful thing. Students of all economic and social classes will now have the opportunity to apply and be accepted to the school of their choice.

This is where I am going to ask you to restore your faith in the college admissions process and move past this nightmare scandal. The system was broken but I believe it can be made whole again. I’m sure there are going to be some big changes in how the admissions process is going to work from now on and this too is a good thing, the college process will no longer be as it once was.

I also believe there are good, reputable people out there who want to help you, I mean truly help you. People with good intentions, ethical practices and who have your best interest in mind.

With over 4000 colleges and universities to choose from and the thought of finding the right college for you might just make you crazy or cause you a great deal of anxiety. I get it, it can be quite overwhelming to think about all the possibilities. Maybe that is why students choose schools they are familiar with, it’s a comfort zone thing. The good news is, it is very easy to narrow your search.

Every college has their own admissions guidelines. If you choose an Ivy, grades and extracurricular activities will be important. Or maybe you don’t want that kind of added stress, you just want a college that has a good academic and social balance. One where you can enjoy both your classes and hanging out with friends and it won’t be the end of the world if you don’t get all “A’s” in all of your classes. These are 2 very different college experiences so knowing what you want from your college experience is so important, so that is why “fit” is crucial when selecting your college.

At CollegePrep Lab we only want the best for you, we want to see all your hard work pay off and help you select a school where you will love life and thrive.

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