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September, 2013

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September, 2013

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  • ACT (register by 9/27 for the 10/26 exam)
  • SAT (register by 10/3 for the 11/2 exam)

 
~ Thank you for your referrals.  Magellan College Counseling has reached capacity for seniors at this time. ~
Please get in touch if you need a personal consultation for your 9th, 10th or 11th grade student!

Back to School!

School has started and the time has come for seniors – they will be submitting their college applications this fall.  If your student has been working on creating a list of colleges, it’s time to transition from looking to getting those applications started.  If your student hasn’t started creating his/her list – the time is now!  

uc_logo colorSeniors: Magellan will host a UC/CSU Application Boot Camp on October 13 in Century City. We’ll open your UC and/or Cal State University account and fill out the entire application (except for the UC essays).  FREE for Magellan College Counseling’s comprehensive clients; $160 for all others.  

Quick Essay Tips for Seniors
This website does a great job of posting college essay supplements, even before they are available through the Common App. Here’s a short video from Boston University with some great advice on how to make your essay stand out.  And did you know that reading good essays can help you write good essays? Johns Hopkins posts “essays that worked” each year.

On the Road Again!

I’ve headed out for one last time this year – as you read this newsletter, I’m visiting schools in Pittsburgh, PA.  I’ll post photographs daily, and update my reviews as soon as possible. You can find reviews and photos of colleges I’ve visited here.  

College Search Planning for 10th and 11th Graders:
Juniors and sophomores – The most important think you can do right now is keep your grades up.  Grades in your core courses (math, science, English, history, language) are the #1 thing that colleges will look at when you apply in a few years.

Start keeping track of all of your volunteer, extra-curricular and work activities. Make a list of all the things you do:  work with your church or synagogue youth group, music and/or art lessons, sports, community volunteer work, school groups. Doing this now will save time down the road.

Host a College Admissions Seminar for Friends!
Are your kids in 9th, 10th or 11th grades?  I am available to give a free College Admissions 101” seminar for you and your friends who are going through the same college admissions anxiety!  You provide the location and a dozen (or more) parents.  Your friends will thank you for providing the opportunity for them to learn more.  Call or e-mail for more information.

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