College Preparation
Childhood Neighborhood

In the neighborhood I grew up in, every street was named after a college.  

Here are a list of the street names.

-Athens

-Bucknell

-Carson

-Drake

-Emory

-Fresno

-Grinnell

-Oberlin

-Newcomb

-Tulane

-Quincy

-Standford

A lot of these colleges, I would have never heard of if I did not grow up in my neighborhood.  Do a Google search and find out some information about them!  

Undeclared?

There’s no problem starting your college career as an undeclared major.  Admission committees will not reject your application because you haven’t chosen a major. Plus, most college students change their majors once or twice!  Your first semester will be spent taking a lot of general class requirements such as English and math, and you’ll have the opportunity to take a few intro classes in various substantive areas to find out what you like. Then, maybe by the spring semester you will be ready to declare a major.

Rejected…Now What

Unfortunately, rejections may be  part of the admissions process.    No one wants to hear bad news.  But, I thought it would be a good idea to discuss what to do if you receive a rejection letter.  

1)  Call the admissions office.  Ask to speak with a counselor.  Have them discuss your application.  Assure them that you really would like to be admitted to the university/college.  Hopefully, you’ll be put on an official/unofficial waitlist.  

2)  If your rejection can’t be overturned, then maybe it’s not the university/college for you!  There are many universities/colleges where you can get a solid education.  

Seniors, it’s almost over!

Congratulations to the class of 2013!    

In this post, I wanted to provide you all with 10 things you will need for your dorm.  

1) An alarm clock.  Mom/Dad won’t be there to wake you up.

2) A desk lamp, so you can work late into the night  and not have the ceiling light on in case your roommate wants to sleep.  

3) Flip-flops.  Great to wear in a communal shower. 

4) A storage trunk.  This comes in handy if you want to lock anything up,

5) Thin storage containers that can be stored under a bed.  

6) A fridge and a microwave really can come in handy.

7) Air freshener is always good to have.  Glade plugins! 

8) Some type of chair for friends to sit on when they visit your room.

9)  Trashcan and trash bags.  

10) Photographs and posters to make your room more comfy. 

Public Transporation Public Transpiration

Most college students that live in dorms don’t have cars on campus.  Several colleges don’t even allow freshmen to have cars on campus.  And the campuses that do allow parking, it’s normally very expensive for a parking permit.   So, if mom or dad won’t be picking you up, you may have to rely on public transportation.  Thus, when you are choosing a college, consider how you will get home.  Is there a bus, train or plane that will take you home?  Also, is getting to the public transportation easily accessible and priced reasonably?  Trust me, when you are trying to come home for Thanksgiving, Christmas or spring break, you will want to get home quickly and at a cheap rate. 

Safety School

Seniors, as you begin to apply to colleges, definitely have at least two safety schools on your list.    A safety schools should be a college/university that you are pretty sure you would get accepted to.   Look at the school’s average GPA and SAT scores.   If your GPA and SAT scores are much higher than the  college’s current students’, you probably have a good chance of getting admitted. Also, make sure the college has a major that will meet your future endeavors, so the college will believe that they can offer you a suitable education.  

International Universities

Most of my readers are from the USA, so I am going to assume that most of you all only consider attending universities within the 50 states.  However, there are many great international universities.   For example, the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom and the University of Toronto in Ontario are well respected universities.  And there are many more out there. 

In addition, some international schools may have special scholarships for international students.   Lastly, you’ll receive the opportunity to learn about a new culture.  Do some research and find out if going abroad is for you.   

Don’t limit yourself.  Check out international universities.  

Tuition-Free Colleges

Tuition-free college? That sounds like an oxymoron. But, there are some colleges out there. In 2009, the Wall Street Journal published an article on 8 colleges that offer free tuition. I am posting the link. It’s worth the read.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124214844075811349.html

College Advice From A Professor

Over the weekend on Twitter, a student asked Tulane Professor Melissa Harris-Perry , “As a professor, do you have any study tips for the college student prepping to start in a week?”

Harris-Perry’s advice: 

Learn to read *smart* not read *all* in your courses w/ 100+ pages a week. Focus on main ideas, big conclusions.

Try to put together a study group or team in math, econ, science & other classes w/ problem sets if it’s allowed.

Try to keep up w/ syllabus. Don’t save it all for the reading week. It’s ok to slack once in a while but stay steady.

If you struggle with writing, ask Profs if you can write a draft before the assignment is due. Get feedback.

Remember college education is a process. Ask questions.Seek help. Be open to critique.Make progress don’t force perfection.

And more than anything else. Be honest. Adhere to the honor code. An honest C is much more valuable than a dishonest A.

*Great nuggets of wisdom from a smart lady.

Talk With Current Students

If you want to know what a college is like, talk to students who are currently enrolled at that school.  Many schools have students who are employed as admission assistants.  These students serve as liaisons between the university and prospective students.   Take some time to contact the admissions office of a college you are interested in and let them know that you want to speak with a current student.  

You can ask this student what it like is to be a student at this particular college. Ask questions about the academics, social life, financial aid, housing, and any other topics that are pertinent to your college choice.  A current student’s perspective is valuable.