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Success Tips for Freshmen
What to do in 9th Grade

  • Meet your high school guidance counselor at the beginning of the school year.
  • Take the right classes.
  • Colleges will evaluate you based on the classes you’ve taken.
  • Develop the skills and habits that will allow you to continue to be successful academically.

Success Tips for Sophomores
Ramping Up in 10th Grade

  • Take charge of your study skills.
  • Developing excellent reading comprehension skills is key to success in 10th grade.
  • Superior time management skills are key to success in 10th grade.
  • Continue to be involved in extra-curricular and community service activities.

Success Tips for Juniors
Critical Steps in 11th Grade

  • Take academically challenging courses.
  • Prepare for and take standardized tests.
  • Your junior year grades are the most important for college admissions.
  • Stay or get involved in extra-curricular activities.

Success Tips for Seniors
Understand How to Pick Your College in 12th Grade

  • Finish and submit all your college applications.
  • Continue making campus visits.
  • Complete your college essays the college essay is an important part of the application process.
  • Meet with your high school counselor to make certain you are on track for graduation.


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3 Tips for Applying to Private Scholarships

February 21st, 2020|

When to Apply for Scholarships The earliest deadlines for scholarships hit in October – well before any college application is due. Almost all are due before March – before many students will have heard from the majority of their schools. If you really want a private scholarship, you should think of the money separately from the academic application process. Scholarship money will follow wherever you go – if you’ve got it in place. To that end, make sure you know the due date of each scholarship you’re applying to – and try to get your application in early. Scholarships usually accept applications post-marked by the deadline – but you don’t want to shave it that close. If there are any errors or other problems, you have no safety margin. What’s more, some scholarships dole out money on a first-come first-served basis. The earlier you apply, the better your chance. Where to Apply for Scholarships Make sure you aren’t wasting time on the wrong scholarships – an easy trap to fall into, considering the number of scholarships out there. First, make a list of your academic or other unique qualifications… and apply only to scholarships for which you are a solid fit. Don’t waste your time with near-misses. Even if the money is great, there is just about no chance you’ll get the grant over an applicant that’s a perfect match. How to Apply for Private Scholarships Finally, as you get further along in the process and you’ve got a school in hand, make sure you know the rules of your college’s financial aid office. Some schools will take any outside scholarships you receive and subtract that from their financial aid grants. Some will subtract scholarships from student loans, or work-study programs. Some will even allow you to subtract scholarship money from your expected family contribution, allowing you to receive even more financial aid. These differences aren’t small changes in the accounting ledger; they can mean a swing of thousands of dollars in aid. Make sure you know the rules of your institution well, and make your scholarships work for you in the most efficient way. If you have any questions about selecting a college, or the admissions process, feel free to contact me through my website at www.Prep4CollegeNow.com or call me at 760.877.7200. I’d love to answer your questions! Andrea (Andi) K. Frimmer, M. Ed. Prep 4 College Now, Inc.

Deferred From Your First Choice College?

January 30th, 2020|

The biggest benefit of applying to college early action or early decision is knowing early if you have been accepted or not to a top choice school. Nothing is more frustrating than being deferred. Getting deferred means the college is postponing its admission decision and will review your application with the regular decision applicants. You will find out in the spring if you’ve been accepted or rejected. You are in “application limbo.” Is there something you can do to increase your chances of getting accepted the second time around? Here are ten suggestions that might tip the scale in your favor. Treat yourself. You have worked very hard completing your applications, studying and taking your ACT or SAT exam and earning your very best grades. Now it the time to indulge and treat yourself to something special. Maybe it is a night out with your friends, dinner at a special restaurant, tickets to see a favorite band or sports team. Whatever it is, indulge yourself. You deserve it for all your hard work getting to this point. Review your options. Some schools will ask you to indicate if you want to be considered in the regular admission pool. If you are still interested, let the admission department know. Ask your counselor to intercede. If the school is your number one pick, ask your counselor to call the school and notify them of that fact. While on the phone, the counselor can also ask what else you can do to heighten your chances of acceptance. Assess your chances. Some schools defer very few students, while other schools defer many. Contact the school to find out what percentage of deferred applicants win an acceptance letter. If the percentage is small, prepare yourself mentally and review the other colleges on your list to determine which one is now your first choice. Write a letter to the appropriate college admission officer (find out if you don’t know). Explain why you want to attend the school and how you would be an asset to the school community. Update the school with any relevant information not on your application. This can include your latest grades, ACT or SAT scores, as well as honors or activities. Consider sending another recommendation letter or two. Ask if another recommendation letter would be helpful. Choose someone who can provide information about you not previously mentioned that gives greater insight into your character and personality. Look for connections. If you or a parent knows someone connected to the college – either faculty, administration or distinguished alumni, solicit suggestions on how to proceed. This might lead to an offer to make a phone call or write a letter on your behalf. Visit (or revisit) the school. If you can, visit the school. Seeing it (again) will either highlight your desire to attend, or aid in determining the school may not be the best place for you after all. While there, you should go out of your way to talk to someone [...]


Isabelle Yang

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