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March, 2016

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Host a College Admissions Seminar for Friends

Are your friends starting to think about (read: get anxious about!) college?  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 students, or a combination.

Seniors – Decisions Are On The Way!

The waiting has been excruciating!  But seniors – the time has come.  You should hear back from every college on your list within the next two weeks.  If you have been offered a spot on the wait list anywhere, here’s a post that answers some of the questions you may have about wait lists.


Upcoming Events

Tuesday, March 15, 6-7:30 pm
College Fair – brief presentations from SAT Prep experts at ArborBridge, Magellan and several colleges
Fusion Academy South Bay
1601 Pacific Coast Hwy, 2nd floor, Hermosa Beach

Wednesday, March 16, 7-8:30 pm
Majors and Careers: What’s the Connection? (presenting with C2 Education)
Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica
No RSVP Needed


Plan Your Spring Break College Visits!

The best time to visit colleges is when school is in session – that way you can meet with actual students, eat in the cafeteria and possibly sit in on a class.  A drive-by “visit” does not tell you anything about a college (except if it’s attractive!)!!!

Fortunately, many colleges have their spring break at different times than high school spring break. So go visit a few colleges!  Keep track of what you see, feel and experience on campus – download the College Board’s “Campus Visit Checklist” from Magellan’s Resources page.

Make sure you reserve a spot on a tour on the Admissions or Visit webpage, and check in when you arrive.  Many colleges keep track of student visits!


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” for students who start in the spring or summer of their junior year.

We charge $200 for our 90-minute in-home consultation, which we credit back to families who sign up for one of Magellan’s counseling packages.


March “To-Do” for 10th and 11th Graders

  • Plan spring break college visits
  • Create a resume – list all extra-curricular and volunteer activities and academic honors since 9th grade.
  • Think about your testing timeline (11th graders – don’t let fall tests be the first time for you! Take a spring exam if at all possible!)
  • Keep those grades up!!
  • Start thinking about summer plans: volunteer work, job, academic pursuit.  Magellan’s Summer Programs List is available upon request.
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