April, 2015

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April, 2015

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SAT and ACT Info

  • SAT (next exam is 5/2; register by 4/6)
  • ACT (next exam is 6/13 – register by  5/8)

College Counseling Services

Magellan’s comprehensive college counseling plan includes 35 hours of personalized guidance throughout the student’s junior and senior years.  We also offer a limited-hours “mini-plan” to help your student better organize their application process.

This summer we will host a Common Application Boot Camp, a UC/CSU Application Workshop, and a Writing Intensive to help students kick-start their essays.  More details to come!

Free Initial Consultation:  Magellan will meet with students and families for a free 60-minute consultation.  Subsequent meetings will be subject to hourly rates, which will be credited back for those who sign up for Magellan’s comprehensive college counseling plan.

Happy Passover and Happy Easter to all of our friends who celebrate!

accepted 1Class of 2015 Wrap-Up!

There was joy; there were tears.  Our clients were admitted to some amazing colleges this year – Columbia, Cornell, NYU, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Michigan, UCLA, UC Berkeley.  We also celebrate our clients who had previously been admitted to other great schools:  University of Oregon, University of Puget Sound, Willamette, University of Texas, University of Colorado – Boulder, and so many more.

There were rejections too; few students are admitted everywhere they apply.  But for those students who worked with us for a year – or more – the pain of rejection or the frustration of being wait-listed were tempered with acceptances from schools they had researched and know are a good fit for them.  As happens every year, we received a few calls and e-mails from parents of students we didn’t work with, “heartbroken” or “devastated” by college decisions.  The college admission process can be brutal to both students’ and parents’ egos.  How you approach it can make all the difference.

There’s still time to apply for scholarships!!  Check out MeritAid.com, Scholarships.com, and the scholarship search on the College Board’s Big Future website.

Juniors have just watched their senior friends open their acceptance and rejection letters.  They should be exploring colleges now and should have a plan for taking the SAT or ACT – or should have taken it already!  Junior parents – please give us a call if you’d like to have a personal consultation with one of Magellan’s counselors.  Early and organized means less stress for your entire household in the long run!

The current Sophomore class is special because of a major change in the SAT next March – the spring of their junior year.  As long as you have a plan, all will be fine!  Parents – feel free to get in touch if you’d like to talk about a customized standardized testing timeline for your 10th grader.

April Tips:

9th/10th/11th Graders: 

  • Visit a local college during spring break, just to get the feel of a campus.
  • Ask the college counselor at your school which college admissions reps will be visiting this spring.
  • Register for challenging classes for next year.
  • Plan a productive summer with a job, internship, academic class or interesting volunteer activity.

Upcoming events

National College Fairs (some 200+ colleges attend!)
Boston Convention Center – Thurs/Fri, 4/9-10
Ventura County Fairgrounds
– Monday, 4/20
Greater LA – Pasadena Convention Center – Thursday, 4/30

College Financial Planning (for parents of 8th-10th graders)
Presentation with Phil Blum, LUTCF, WestPoint Financial Group
Sunday, May 31, 3-5 pm.  Location TBA.

Interested in a college tour this summer?  SoCal students can join for just the Northern CA part of Seize The Day’s California tour.

Host a College Admissions Seminar for Friends!

As we move through the spring semester, more parents start to think about (read: get anxious about !) their kids’ college exploration process.  Please get in touch if you are interested in hosting a college admissions information seminar at your home.  We can tailor our presentation for parents of 8th, 9th, 10th or 11th grade parents, or a combination.  Your friends will thank you for the opportunity to learn more about the process.

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