Hi, there are SOOOO many half-truths, urban legends and outright lies about the college process circulating among parents and kids. I’ll give you a few of my faves so you can be on the lookout, esp. during junior year of high school, creshendoing in the summer and fall of senior year.
Some are perpetuated by uber-competitive parents, jockeying for position on behalf of their kids. You know who I’m talking about, the ones who bump and elbow themselves to the head of the line during “College Night” at the local hotel or high school, or ask loud questions-that-aren’t-questions on college tours to 1. brag about their kids, 2. hear their own voices and 3. psych out other families.
But others are reinforced by unwitting guidance counselors and teachers, who you’d think would know better. Here’s a short list:
- We can’t possibly qualify for any financial aid because we make too much
- My kid will never get a merit scholarship because she hasn’t cured a deadly disease yet
- Colleges love kids to do a ton of extracurricular activities because it shows that they’re well-rounded and “looks good” for college
- _________ college accepts 5 kids from our high school each year, max (so I’m not going to tell you where I’m applying because I don’t want you to also apply and “take my spot” from this quota)
- We’re getting a lot of emails and phone calls from _________ college, they’re really interested in us!
- Reading emails/social media posts/random thoughts from a heavy, Jewish college planner in Long Island who thinks he’s funny is a good use of your time
OK, so I hope you don’t think the last one is a lie, but, sadly, plenty of people do. (Personally, I prefer to think of myself as “big-boned.”)
Tonight we’re running a live webinar to cut through the clutter in three gi-normous areas:
- Getting into a top college
- Getting grants and scholarships
- Choosing a list of colleges that can actually help you succeed POST-college
Here’s where to get all the deets and sign up:
We’re going live at 7pm, I will have a gift ready and waiting for those of you who show up on time!
Pearl will be running chat, so you can get all of your questions answered, time permitting. Topics to be covered include:
- How to navigate the financial aid process, including what to file and WHEN to file them
- Common financial aid mistakes that will “rob” you of financial aid and scholarships you otherwise deserve
- College essay – what to write, what NOT to write, more
- How to stand out in a “Sea Of Sameness” – The Activity Sheet and Resume
- The inconvenient, politically-incorrect truth about what college admissions officers are really looking for in a candidate
This class is absolutely free to attend, but we have not configured a replay. Here’s where to sign up:
Please forward/share with everyone you think could use this info!
-Andy “No Filter” Lockwood