1 Counseling the Regular Joe and Joette!!! Spring 2015
2 Agenda * Case Study * Programs and Resources * Student Perspective
3 Case Study: OLP Joette s Our Lady of Peace students GPA: (Jr yr) SAT: (CR+M) Rank: lower-25 to mid-50 percentiles Ethnicity: Caucasian, Hispanic, Philippino
4 College Value Workshop What do I look for in a college? What is important to me? How do I choose a school? Where do I begin?
5 College Values Workshop 1) Admissions 2) Academic program 3) Cost 4) Geographic Location 5) Size of School 6) Size of Community
6 College Values Workshop 7) Student body 8) Religious orientation 9) Sports Programs 10) Academic Atmosphere 11) Social Atmosphere 12) Extracurricular Activities
7 College Values Workshop Select 6 values most important to YOU!
8 Naviance: Family Connection site About Me Tab Junior College Appointment Questionnaire
9 Question #26: values selected 1. Geographic Location: In Southern California, but I want to leave San Diego. 2. Size of School: Small or medium-sized school. 3. Size of Community: Active campus with suburban location, instead of entire city focused on campus. 4. Student Body: Co-ed and diverse school. 5. Academic Program: Psychology and business. I also want to study abroad. 6. Academic Atmosphere: A supportive atmosphere. I don't want an extremely competitive place. I also want a school that preps me for graduate work.
10 Potential College List Student list: U Redlands Cal Poly Pomona Chapman U Pepperdine CSU Long Beach CSU Chico Counselor Recommendations: St. Mary s College (CA) Concordia U (Irvine) CSU Channel Islands CSU San Marcos Dominican U Notre Dame de Namur Regis U (Denver) California Lutheran U Northern Arizona U
11 College Categories Dream Reality Safety Apply to 5-8 schools Senior year
16 Intangible Qualities Colleges Seek The Whole Package Study habits Motivation Interests Commitment Personal Statement, Interviews Personality
17 Other Considerations Special talents Athletics, performing/visual arts, etc. First generation/minority student Special circumstances Family, home situation, $$$ Counselor s relationship with college rep Familiarity with the HS
18 Don t be a stealth applicant Visit campuses Interview Attend college information sessions/fairs Utilize Family Connection!! communication/follow-up
19 Carolyn s Perspective
20 Give Them a Chance to Get Real They need more time than many superstars Work on grades and be eligible for harder classes as seniors Time to plan an extensive spring break college tour See schools Motivates by making college a reality
21 For All Take as rigorous a schedule as possible Minimum of four core classes as senior Develop leadership opportunities school church work community Create a resume for colleges outlining skills, abilities, and experience
22 For All Use Summers Wisely Investigate colleges and start essays Do high school summer reading Get a job or volunteer position that will teach important skills Take a college class between junior/senior years of high school Demonstrates ability to succeed in college Another chance to make college more real Consider taking a college class in summer after senior year to earn advanced standing in public colleges Helps move you up in the queue for registering for classes
23 For the Late Bloomer Dig in to maximize grades during junior/senior year Study groups/study partners Choose wisely; should be based on ability to help each other, not on who is best friend Study skill/organizational assistance/training Tutors/study mentors Send a transcript of a strong senior year first semester even for UC/CSU's Address increased maturity/school success in essay/interview Explain it, don t excuse it when talking about poor grades or test scores
24 Students with Learning Disabilities Ask high school psychologist to update evaluation Look for colleges with LD staff and coordinated services Services should match those offered by high school Untimed tests, note taker, etc. Priority registration
25 Send Them Off to Succeed Take only 4 classes and focus on comfortable subjects Spread out classes that will be difficult Take a class during summers if regular load too challenging (Probably don t have bank of AP s) Starting 2 nd semester, work 15 hours/week if not in a sport or other time intensive activity Statistically more likely to succeed
26 Send Them Off to Succeed Organize study partners/groups Utilize college tutoring and writing centers Find your study spot (probably not your dorm room) Visit professors during office hours Available even at very large schools; professors often note they would like more student traffic Ask questions, clarify points Participate!! Connect!!
27 Family Supported Internship Plan Benefits Work experience that helps land a real job after college Opportunity to confirm/adjust studies Creates a strong connection between studies and a real world application Costs to parents About the same as taking a summer class at a four-year college Sample Budget Plan Student works 40 hours week for 12 weeks Earns $9/hour for a total of $4,320 Family agrees that student keeps $110/week and banks the rest Student ends summer with $3,000 to defray expenses over the school year
28 College Opportunities of Particular Benefit To The 'B' Student Tutoring & writing centers with generous access First-year and summer bridge/transition programs Learning communities Living groups Organized activities/programs Band Theatre Service groups Sports (club, intramural, NCAA) Journalism Outdoor education Boosters Greek life Internship and co-op programs
29 First-Year Experience (FYE) The FYE is a program designed to help students succeed in the transition from high school to college. Elements of a FYE can include group and themed living arrangements, special academic core and seminar sections, faculty and student mentoring, courses in study skills and library use, tours of the outside community, and even assistance in buying books. University of South Carolina, home of the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition Information on freshman-year programs: Information on second-year programs:
30 Sample First-Year Programs California State University, San Marcos: Several summer programs including writing workshops and the opportunity to prepare for and retake the ELM. School year programs include study skills, life skills, and living groups.
31 Sample First-Year Programs California State University, Sonoma: Freshman Interest Groups (FIG) place freshmen in cohorts of 25 based on majors. Students are mentored by a professor and a student/peer advisor; they take two to three core classes together and live with FIG students in a residential cluster. (http://www.sonoma.edu/sas/reslife/fig) Other programs include First Year Experience (FYE) and Second Year Experience (SYE) as well as an intro to the university and study skills class.
32 Sample First-Year Programs Eckerd College: Freshmen arrive three weeks before the fall semester begins for a new student comprehensive orientation to the academic expectations and to life as a member of the Eckerd College community. During orientation, they begin a seminar class that continues through fall semester, with the professor serving as the students academic advisor. Students stay with their advisor for their freshman year and often take a core class from the same professor in the spring. Students and their advisor also organize social activities together outside their seminar setting.
33 Sample First-Year Programs University of San Diego: The First Year Experience is built on two core components -- the preceptorial program and residential life living and learning environment. Preceptorial Program: USD s distinctive feature, a small class called the preceptorial is taught by a faculty advisor called a preceptor. The actual course is a regular Core Curriculum (previously known as General Education) class and the content depends on the course title and description (e.g. BIO 190, PHIL 110, PSYC 101, etc.). Preceptorial Assistant (PA) The PA is a successful continuing USD student who serves as a liaison to the faculty member, mentor to new students, and general resource for USD. PA s also plan and implement outside of class activities to assist students with the transition to college. Residential Life: First-year students are required to live on campus. First Year Experience Resident Assistants (FYE RA s) work with residents on their hall to establish a respectful and inclusive community. All students in first year halls meet individually with their FYE RA s, who serve as mentors and resources for University services, activities, and programs.
34 Some B Friendly Schools with First-year Experiences, Learning Communities, Summer Bridge Programs, or Internship/Co-op Programs Azusa Pacific/ Azusa, CA Ball State University/ Muncie, IN Belmont University/Nashville, TN Bowling Green State University/OH California State Universities - all campuses (bridge) Drexel University/ Philadelphia, PA Eckerd College/ St. Petersburg, FL Elon University/ Elon, NC Evergreen State College/ Olympia, WA Georgia Institute of Technology/GA (a reach, but good for late-bloomer techie) Hawaii Pacific University/ Honolulu, HI Indiana University-Bloomington/IN Indiana University- Purdue University- Indianapolis/ Indianapolis, IN James Madison University/ VA Kalamazoo College/ Kalamazoo, MI Miami University-Oxford/ Oxford, OH Michigan State University/East Lansing, MI North Carolina State University-Raleigh/ NC Northeastern University/ Boston, MA Portland State University/ Portland, OR Purdue University- West Lafayette/IN Santa Clara University/ Santa Clara, CA Stetson University/ Deland, FL Sonoma State University/CA Syracuse University/ Syracuse, NY University of Delaware/ Newark, DE University of Denver/ Denver, CO University of Missouri/ Columbia, MO University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA University of San Diego/ San Diego,CA University of South Carolina - Columbia/SC Wagner College/ Staten Island, NY Xavier University/ Cincinnati, OH
35 More B Friendly Universities Alfred University/ Alfred, NY Auburn University/ Auburn University, AL Baldwin-Wallace College/ Berea, OH Baylor University/ Waco, TX Bellarmine University/ Louisville, KY Butler University/ Indianapolis, IN California Lutheran University/ Thousand Oaks, CA California State Colleges - most campuses College of Charleston/ Charleston, SC Colorado State University/ Ft. Collins, CO Drake University/ Des Moines, IA Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University/ Daytona Beach, FL and Prescott, AZ (a range of technical degrees available) Fairfield University/ Fairfield, CT Fordham University/ New York, NY Franciscan University of Steubenville/ Steubenville, OH Gonzaga University/ Spokane, WA Iowa State University/ Ames, IA Ithaca College/ Ithaca NY Loyola Marymount University/CA Manhattan College/ Riverdale, NY Marquette University/ Milwaukee, WI Northern Arizona University Otterbein College/ Westerville, OH Pepperdine University/ Malibu, CA Point Loma Nazarene University Salve Regina University/ Newport, RI Seattle Pacific University/ Seattle, WA Seattle University/ Seattle, WA Southern Methodist University/ Dallas, TX St. Catherine University/ St. Paul, MN University of Wisconsin- La Cross/WI University of Connecticut/ Storrs, CT University of Dallas/ Irving, TX University of Evansville/ Evansville, IN University of Iowa/ Iowa City, IA University of Redlands/ Redlands, CA University of San Francisco/ CA University of Vermont/ Burlington, VT University of Colorado- Boulder/CO Webster University/ St. Louis, MO Western Washington University/WA
36 More B Friendly Liberal Arts Colleges Agnes Scott College/ Decatur, GA Allegheny College/ Meadville, PA Beloit College/ Beloit, WI College of Wooster/ Wooster, OH Drew University/ Madison, NJ Cornell College/ Mount Vernon, IA Earlham College/ Richmond, IN Gustavus Adolphus College/ St. Peter, MN Hobart and William Smith Colleges/ Geneva, NY Illinois Wesleyan University/ Bloomington, IL Mount St. Mary's College/ Los Angeles, CA Notre Dame de Namur University/ Belmont, CA Juniata College/ Huntingdon, PA Prescott College, Prescott, AZ Skidmore College/ Saratoga Springs, NY St. John's University/ Collegeville, MN Sweet Briar College/ Sweet Briar, VA St. Lawrence University/ Canton, NY University of Puget Sound/ Tacoma, WA Ursinus College/ Collegeville, PA Virginia Military Institute/ Lexington, VA Whittier College/Whittier, CA Willamette university/ Salem, OR
37 Resources Fair Test: list of colleges that don t require the ACT/SAT: Colleges That Change Lives Loren Pope, Penguin The College Finder Steve Antonoff, Wintergreen Orchard House Merit aid resource (You don t have to be an A student): Colleges contact you:
38 Explore by Video College websites: Google with: "name of school" + "admissions video" or "virtual tour" collegeclicktv.com youniversitytv.com
39 Explore by Video Student reviews & videos Same website as above with decent intros to a range of careers: youtube.com (Search using the college name, but be prepared to sort through some time wasters.)
40 Explore by Video Douglas Christiansen of Vanderbilt University with two great videos Getting into the best college for you: Financial aid:
41 Resources for the B Student America's Best Colleges for B Students Tamra B. Orr and Gen Tanabe, SuperCollege, LLC Lists of colleges for B students, underachievers, late bloomers and more (From Steve Antonoff s The College Finder ) (EVERYONE SHOULD BOOKMARK THIS SITE.) If you have an online membership to U.S. New's America's Best Colleges: (A+ schools for B students) Families share information; B thread & C thread discussions
42 Learning Disabilities Resources ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life Judith Kolberg & Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D, Brunner-Routledge College and Career Success for Students with Learning Disabilities Roslyn Dolber, VGM Career Horizons The K & W Guide to College for Students with Learning Disabilities Marybeth Kravets, MA, and Imy F. Wax, MS, Princeton Review Learning Outside the Lines Jonathan Mooney & David Cole, Fireside Survival Guide for College Students with ADD or LD Kathleen G. Nadeau, PhD, Magination Press Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities or ADD Peterson's
43 Learning Disabilities Resources Disability rights in college: nsition.html Good list of questions regarding ADD/LD support services: ADHD-College.htm
44 Student Perspective: Students needs and expectations of the Counselor
45 Students Needs and Expectations of the Counselor Approachable Knowledgeable and resourceful Supportive and open-minded
46 Nicholle Wyatt Carolyn Muehlenbeck OLP Students Rebecca D., Kellie G., Lizzie L.
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