Advice & How-To's
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A Pathway to College: A Letter from
First Lady Michelle Obama
you prepare to
apply to colleges, I want to congratulate you on all of
the hard work and hope it took to get to this point and
to encourage you to bring that same tenacity and
optimism to this very special moment in your life.
Know that you are not taking this journey alone. Family,
friends, teachers, coaches, and mentors will always be
there to provide the guidance and advice you need. And
there are millions of other people who have traveled
Should I go to College?
ne big question: Why do you
go to college? Because you were finally pushed out of
high school and found yourself with four free years?
Yes, that is certainly a basic part of your motivation.
However, you also go because your parents keep saying to
you, “There is nothing more important than a college
degree. Without it, you will end up playing the
saxophone in a bus station. No, that’s not true. Playing
a saxophone in a bus station calls for talent. Without
it, you’ll be sweeping up there.....
Helping Yourself and Your Community Through Education
you are reading this article, you have a unique
opportunity, and I challenge you to accept it – to
participate in a very special program – a program that
may very well change the direction of your life. Your
decision about whether to accept this challenge could
have far reaching effects on the quality of your life,
your family, your tribe, and perhaps society overall.
The purpose of College Outreach USA
is to help identify
Persistence is the Key to Your Future
Let me tell you, it’s a great thing. In
fact, if it weren’t for persistence, I
wouldn’t be where I am today.
Imagine dreaming of becoming a network news
correspondent, when you are a shy, insecure
college student. That was I. I was so
insecure. In fact, I struggled for courage
just to take the typing test I needed to get
into my first journalism class. I barely had
the courage to submit stories to the college
paper. I was definitely not.....
Charge Through Education
of us, at some point in our lives, is forced
to deal with challenge. It would be nice if
life were easy, if our futures were certain,
and if the road ahead were laid out before
us, but this is not the case.
When I was nine, I encountered my first real
life challenge. I was uprooted from New York and moved
to Puerto Rico. Although we were a bilingual household,
I was now forced to speak only Spanish, in school as
well as at.....
Choosing the College That's Right for You
you’re thinking about going to college?
That’s great! A good education is important.
But what’s even more important is going to
the right college, one where you’ll be happy
and successful. Today, more minority
students than ever before are pursuing
higher education. That means there’s a
college out there for you, too. It might be
right around the corner, or it might be
halfway across the country. It could very
well be one of those described in this
SAT: College Success and You
people just know they want to go to college
from the time they start kindergarten.
Others don’t decide for quite a while.
Either way, it is better to be prepared, to
keep your options open. Consider carefully
what you would like to do after high school
and what you want to
accomplish in life, then ask your school or
career counselor for the best way to get
there. These are big questions; but you
don’t have to have all of the answers now.
You only need to
prepare yourself as well as possible
sooner you start searching for money for college, the
better off you’ll be. Many awards have early deadlines,
so don’t procrastinate.
There are three main sources of financial aid for
college, namely the government, the colleges themselves,
and the private sector.
To apply for federal and state aid, you need to submit
the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
You can obtain a copy from your.....
college admission process – getting in – begins the
minute you start making your first choices in course
selection and in extracurricular activities in middle
school and high school. These initial and ongoing
decisions are crucial to your future well-being. They
lay the groundwork for the curriculum you will follow
throughout your high school career; they are not easily
reversed. These are the decisions that will allow you to
present yourself well to the colleges of your choice.....
Good to be Good at Everything?
is a myth prevalent among college-bound students throughout
the country that the best way to gain entrance to selective
colleges is to be well- rounded. This term usually refers to
students who have earned good grades in high school (B+ or
better) and participated in a wide range of extracurricular
most admission officers at the selective colleges prefer
applications from candidates they term “angular” –
application form differs from college to college, with
the exception of those colleges that use the Common
Application. Today most colleges encourage you to
use an online application. If you need to submit a
paper application, you may print one from an online PDF
or have one sent to you. When you start to work,
be sure to note all deadlines, follow all directions,
and fill out the personal and geographical data with
accurate facts. You should be especially careful that
interview is a contrived situation that few people
enjoy, of which many people misunderstand the value, and
about which everyone is apprehensive. However, no
information from a college website, no friend’s friend,
no high school guidance counselor’s comments, and no
parental remembrances from bygone days can surpass the
value of your college campus visit and interview. This
first hand opportunity to assess your future alma mater
will confirm or contradict other ......
to Consider When Choosing a College
and applying to the best colleges for you is
not supposed to be easy, but it can be fun. Parents, guidance counselors, and teachers
are there to help you, so don’t struggle
alone. Keep your sense of humor and a smile
on your face as you go about researching,
exploring, and discovering your ideal
1. Caliber of School Programs: Is the
college known for its English department
chemistry department? What are its
Writing the College Essay
the colleges read the essays you write on their
applications? You bet your diploma they do.
Here is your chance to strut your stuff, stand up, be
counted, and stylize your way into the hearts of the
Write it, edit it, review it. Rewrite it.
Show why you are unique and how the college will benefit
from having you in its student body. This is not a
routine homework assignment, but a college level essay that
will be carefully examined.....
Harvard - Bill Fitzsimmons
admission - the chance to position oneself for "success"
through the acquisition of the "right" college degree -
looms large for increasing numbers of high school
students. Particularly because selective colleges are
perceived to be one of the destinations on the road to
success, we want to do everything possible to help the
students we enroll make the most of their opportunities.......
Northeastern University - Ronne'
re you interested in
designing a new water supply system in a Honduran Village?
How about working with a Wall Street broker, writing for a
major newspaper or conducting laboratory research on cancer
How about doing all this
as a college student?
sounds exciting then you should consider.....
University of Michigan - Ted
hen you begin thinking
about attending college, there are several things you should
consider. You must weigh the benefits of attending college,
and also understand the academic preparation needed to get
into your first choice college. Then you should identify the
characteristics that are most important to you in attempting
to narrow your college choice list.....
Washington & Lee - Bill Hartog
people today have big dreams.
They dream of making a better life for themselves
than their parents did before them. They dream of making
a name for themselves in the fields of science,
politics, literature, business and law. They dream
of a life filled with opportunities and options. Often,
those dreams start with going to college and earning a
degree. For those ready to take that first.....