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    Considering Colleges?  
    Selecting and applying for college is a huge step.  There is so much to think about - programs of study, testing, financial aid.  Fortunately, you're not on your own.  Check out MyCollege Options to help you pick the right school for you!  When deciding on a college, you should start to think about potential careers.  Start by exploring the Occupational Outlook Handbook or the Ohio Career Information System (OCIS) to research potential careers, salaries, education/training needed, and their outlook for the future.  Use the information provided in the seniors yellow folder as a guide.  Also, check out a list of Companies that Offer Tuition Reimbursement! Questions?  Stop by the counseling office. 

     

    Scholarship Center 
    Attention all students!  Go to the Scholarships Section of this website for a list of scholarships that are available to you!  Also, visit the CollegeBoard Scholarship Search to search for the right scholarship for you.  Although the most scholarships are available for juniors and seniors, freshmen and sophomores should visit this page, too.  There is something out there for everyone! 

     

    Financial Aid Headquarters

    Wondering what other types of types of aid are available beyond scholarships?  Confused about the differences between subsidized and unsubsidized loans?  We have the help you need!  Find a detailed description of all types of financial aid on this page.

     

    Letters of Recommendation

    College applications and some scholarships require you to send in letters of recommendation.  These might be from teachers, your counselor, your employer, or other community members.  Make sure you give careful thought to whom you ask for a letter of recommendation.  You should select someone who knows you well and can write a compelling letter for you.  Allow plenty of time for letters of recommendation to be written and sent.  Click here for recommendation letter information and tips.

     

    Just starting out?

    As a 9th and 10th grader, you will want to build your resume!  You can build your resume by doing well in your classes, getting involved in school/community activities, volunteering and/or getting a job.

    As a 10th and 11th grader, you will want to take the PSAT, a standardized test that prepares you for the SAT.  In the spring of your 11th grade year, you will take the ACT, funded by the state.  You can also take the ACT or the SAT by signing up on their websites.   

    Applying for college can be a confusing and involved process.  Download a checklist here to help guide you through the process and keep the steps straight.  If you are really confused, come down to the school counseling office and get help!

     

    College Application Tips
    • Start with a blank piece of paper and write down EVERYTHING you want an admissions officer to know about you.  Make sure to include more than use your GPA and test score - consider your key personality traits and characteristics
    • Answer the following questions: How have you taken advantage of the challening curriculum at your school?  What impediements might have affected involvement?  What stimulates your enthusiasm?  What do you learn on your own time?  What stands out about you?  What are your most definitive characteristics?  How are you unique?
    • Make sure you bring LIFE to the white space.  The overall goal of the application is to read like a book.
    • Essays are the highest ranked non-academic feature of the application.  You should select the best topic for you and highlight a specific detail that demonstrates your distinctive traits.
    • Make sure you fill out ALL parts of the application - don't just write 'see resume.'  Still send in a copy of your resume, though.
    • When considering community service, become involved in an activity that interests you and is unique to your likes/experiences.  Personalized service is much better than "generic" community service just for your resume.
    • Make sure your supporting documents add something new, and that your resume details all your activities, leadership, etc.
    • Individualize your application - it should stand out!
    • Choose references that will speak to your intellectual curiosity, your strengths, and how you overcome obsticles
    • Make sure your counselor knows what you are highlighting in your essays.
    • Address any "red flags" in your application.
    • Communicate what you do with your free time.  Are you involved in independent learning, intellectual curiosity, commitment and service to others, etc?

     

    Essay Suggestions

    Writing admissions essays are one of the most challenging parts of the college application.  When evaluating your essay, ask yourself the following questions:

    • Do you make sense on paper?
    • Did you write with passion?
    • Do you essays reveal details about you?
    • Have you expressed your individuality?  Are you aware of it?

     

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