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“College Is Yours 2.0” Offers More Great Advice

College is Yours 2.0 by Patrick J. O'ConnorCollege admissions is a shifting landscape: from the tests you need to take to the ways you apply. That’s why we’re delighted that an updated edition of our favorite college guide, College Is Yours, is now available.

College Is Yours 2.0 is written by Ph.D. Patrick O’Connor, a college counselor and past president of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. He lays out a plan to help students stress less over the application process, while still reaching for their highest aspirations. The book also offers advice on how to highlight high school achievements, fund your education and tips for parents.

The new edition is not only updated to reflect recent changes in the process of applying to college, but also includes nearly twice as many chapters. Don’t worry, College Is Yours 2.0 won’t add to your workload. It’s written like a good admissions essay: easy to read, on topic and in 600 words or less.

“Some information about testing was out of date, since nearly every college now accepts the SAT and the ACT, and I went into much more detail about what to keep in mind when applying online,” explains O’Connor. “There’s also significantly more coverage on writing essays, applying for financial aid, and how to make sure you make it through senior year in a healthy state of mind, ready to make the most out of high school.”

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How to Get into the College of Your Choice

How to Get into the College of Your Choice

The advantages to a college education are obvious and well documented. But if you need more convincing regarding its value, in 2006, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that adults with a bachelor’s degree earned over $20,000 more annually than adults with only a high school diploma. If you’ve decided that college is for you, how do you get into the one you want? Here are five tips that will help you secure your future by getting into the college of your choice.

1. Try working closely with your high school guidance counselor. Your counselor can do a number of things to help optimize your chances of getting into the college of your choice. First, they can help advise you on which classes you should take while still in high school. They can also help you with college options, and even your overall strategy for success. It’s also great that they can write recommendations and communicate with colleges about your applications. Read the rest of this entry »

10 Ways Your Guidance Counselor Can Help You Get Into College

When applying for college, many high school students don’t realize what an important resource their guidance counselor can be.  guidance counselorHelping students get into college is a major part of what high school guidance counselors do–so make sure you use this free and helpful resource! Some students and their parents pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars for private college counseling.  While in some cases this can be quite helpful and a wise investment, especially if your school offers less than par guidance counseling, a good guidance counselor can do everything people pay private counselors to accomplish.

Here are 10 ways your guidance counselor can help you get into college.

  1. A letter of recommendation (which means it’s worth your while to forge a strong relationship with your guidance counselor)
  2. Information for how the financial aid and college application processes work, and a go-to person for any questions you have
  3. Information about where to find scholarships
  4. Information about colleges and universities you should consider, including ones you’ve never heard of that might be a good fit.
  5. A sounding board to help you figure out exactly what you’re looking for in a college or university–an important first step before you seriously consider where to go.
  6. Advice about how to fill out applications.
  7. Advice on how to write a personal essay– and a set of eyes to read it and offer you tips on how to improve it.
  8. Help filling out the FAFSA , or if the guidance counselor doesn’t do this, information on where you can go to get free help with the FAFSA.
  9. Advice on what classes to take and extracurricular and other activities to participate in, to help make you a strong candidate.
  10. A confidence booster to help get you through this difficult process.


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