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We also traveled with him to look at colleges and gave our opinions. So now that we're at the lighter end of the long dark tunnel, my advice? Almost inverse in college. I want to help him get to essay but feel that I'm confidential to push too much. Have a meal in the cafeteria. Students are automatically placed on the M.
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She is now charging along applying for essays she was nominated for or I found and suggested. We expect the reported grades, test scores, extracurricular activities, personal insight questions, and additional comments to give us the full picture of a student's experience and aspirations. Where in general terms did your child get in?
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He applied to state colleges through CSU Mentor and got some confirmations by college and some via email. I applied to the M. They do a two day essay of interests and capabilities using confidential and manual tests and interviews.What should I do? Sometimes there can be a delay on when students receive the supplemental essay form. While it typically takes business days, sometimes it can take longer. Our recommendation is for students to begin writing their M. Supplemental Essay now and have it ready to submit once they do receive the form. How will interviews be conducted? Do I need to fly to Berkeley? After the M. Interviews are by invitation only, and if selected you will receive an invitation by late January. I applied to the M. Does that mean I am no longer being considered for M. All M. If you did not receive a letter from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions stating you have been admitted to M. However, you are still being considered for admission to the College of Engineering. Those decisions will be emailed by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by the end of March. Please know that, given the large volume of applications we received for M. Do I need to accept my spot on the waitlist? We just received her first acceptance with a healthy scholarship to a small private east coast school! I am so proud of her. She is so proud of herself. She is now charging along applying for scholarships she was nominated for or I found and suggested. College faires helped and a couple days of us just making ''yeah'' and ''nay'' piles in the living room from the zillions of packages received as well as assistance from a friends' mother who spent hours matching her interests and academics to schools with financial aid. It is a delicate and self adjusting balance. In the end it is a great threshold-teachable moment for all. Enjoy the ride. Many of us know how stressful the college application process can be - we're just finishing up the process at my house. My family is working with InsideTrack, a great company that partners your teen with a coach to guide them through the college search and admissions process. It seems like the biggest issue during junior year is to start figuring out the college list and mapping out a plan for the dreaded standardized tests. I strongly recommend that you check out www. My son is working with Maria, who is fantastic. I find that having a coach work with my student helps ease my stress level as I know that deadlines are being met without having to constantly nag! Best of luck to you - this really is an exciting time and getting some help in the process actually makes it fun! Your student will mature right in front of you. He recently turned 18 and has been craving more responsibility. He applied to state colleges through CSU Mentor and got some confirmations by mail and some via email. We asked his next steps and he said he would hear sometime between Feb and April of decisions and he'dd keep us in the loop. He got some letters in Jan and followed up on others via automated phone systems but he hadn't heard from his preferred. Together we checked the original app confirmation email which explicitly advises to check CSU Mentor often as it is the ''primary source of information and communication regarding your application''. What happened?!?! When looking over the CSU Mentor account there had been 2 notices in December asking for his test scores and 7 or 8 prior messages with generic ''keep your grades up'' notices reminding him ''not to get senioritis'' and that his final GPA would be important. It wasn't until his first responses came in that he checked again and by that time it was too late! Now he'll never know if he would have been accepted to his favorite school and has to wait a year if he wants to reapply! In hindsight, I realize as a first-time-college-app-parent, I didn't know what to look for or what challenges there might be. I assumed his counselor would follow up and test scores would automatically be sent. My advice: support your kid's request for independence, but don't let go completely. Set up a regular schedule for monitoring the process and keep in touch with other adults assisting your child counselors, advisors, tutors, etc. And remember to check for post-app requirements within the first month after the deadline. This was a tough life-lesson for all of us and maybe this will spare someone our pain! I've been hearing about restaurants that are now making a nice range of alcohol free mixed drinks. Can anyone recommend a place, preferably in the east bay, that makes good ones? We'd love for them and the adults with us who don't drink to be able to celebrate with something more festive than soda or fruit juice. I honestly don't know about their drinks, though they have a full bar and I am sure could mix any cocktail without the alcohol-- but taking your daughter and one or two friends to hear good music is a great and grown-up kind of celebration. Music Lover my daughter and her friends had started a little celebration process that they extended to finishing college applications. At the end of every semester the kids gathered in our back yard around the fire pit nothing glamorous - one we got from Target a few years back - you can even do it in a barbq and they clean out their back packs and burn all the paper, etc. When they all finished their college applications they did a slightly bigger celebration - they brought over all the papers, drafts, practice tests, all the mail they no longer needed from the schools, one kid even burned her SAT prep book - they took pictures, made s'mores, we made virgin margaritas, and they were out there talking around the fire for hours! A picture of the burning of the SAT book became my daughter's home page on her computer for a long time - it was personally symbolic for them, they created it, it was easy and certainly inexpensive as some of the kids have little money for a more fancy celebration and was of their own making. It was a really lovely nite for us to see them talking outside for hours. Its now become a continued gathering as they are all now in college. They will all be back over winter break to sit around the fire. This is to help the counselors write letters of rec. I'm supposed to list what I consider my son's most outstanding accomplishements in the past 3 or 4 years and why am I choosing these as most important? Academic accomplishements and interests and examples. Non academic I have to admit I have no idea how to start this? My son has accomplished maturity, independance, compassion, ''menschlekeit'' He had a Bar Mitzvah, he fenced in a tournament, he went to Israel Help from anyone who's done this I need examples. Thanks, college mom It sounds like you've got some great examples for your brag sheet. The brag sheet doesn't matter unless your student is applying to private colleges or for scholarships where the counselor's input is requested. Don't stress! You just wrote your son's brag sheet! All the accomplishments and activities you listed for your son are what you can include. Just flesh them out a little more, where, when, how. I have no idea what ''menschlekeit'' means, so if you choose to use that word, I would translate it. They say it's a little like writing a job reference, but I think it should be more personal as you are his mother, afterall. I think if you can tie in his choices of classes to some of his interests and then what he has done with them if anything outside of school, that would good. They want anecdotes, so try to remember what happened over the past year or so I found this part hard I am on the faculty at UCB but am getting different info from the admissions office and the college of Natural Resources believe me there is no advantage to getting inside info just because you are on the faculty! I'm in the dark just like everyone else! My daughter is interested in Near Eastern Studies in the college of Letters and Science , but I'm told that her application will be treated as ''undeclared'' I'm assuming this will make it harder to get in. She's also interested in Forestry thru Natural Resources. The bottom line- which choice would better her chances of getting in assuming all else being equal, essay etc.. Thanks so much! First, evaluate how your daughter looks on paper--has she been taking a Near Eastern language? Is she good in science? What SAT Subject test scores are strongest? These might tie in to how strong she looks as a candidate. You could call each department and ask: If my daughter entered in Letters and Sciences and wanted to transfer into Forestry, how difficult would it be? Ask the Near Eastern Studies department the same question and also ask why you can't declare it as a major and what is necessary to declare it as a major. The answers to these questions will help. But in the end, there are no guarantees, so she should choose the direction she likes the best. Another option is to apply to several different universities, half applying as a Forestry major if they have that major and half applying as a Near Eastern Studies major. Then come April, she can see where she gets in and decide which direction she's most likely to pursue. In L, there is no such thing as really having a major when you come in as a freshman. All freshman are treated the same and your major does not affect admission. The ''major'' options are used for some sort of statistical purposes but you are not in a major when you get here. There is a major in Society and Environment where she could focus on the Near East, and an interdisciplinary major you write yourself that could include the Near East. Forestry is also a good major, and there are a lot of options besides forestry in the natural resources. In CNR, your choice of major will also not affect your ability to get in. Admissions are done for everyone the same way by the same people. It is a big disservice to your child to have them apply to CNR if they are not interested in environment bad for their self-respect too, shows a big lack of faith. Environmental stuff is also growing in popularity, so CNR is as competitive as anything else. The advantage is that it is a smaller college home, though the lower division giganto courses are the same for everyone. Believe it or not, the other UCs also have some great programs too. I went to a meeting last year at my daughters school and came away with the knowledge that the whole college applicaiton process is very stressful. Of course I've been worrying for a year, but haven't really done too much about it. I'd like to know if there is help out there, what do other parents do? I'm a single mom and was not educated in this country, so I feel like I'm at a disadvantage. Are there inexpensive or free ways to find out exactly what you're supposed to do? As concerns how to pay for college, you need look no further than Frances Fee ffee [at] comcast. I can't recommend her highly enough. And, she is there to help you during the entire undergraduate years. Her fees are very fair and she is very generous with her time. You will not be sorry if you contact her. College Teen Parent My daughter is applying colleges now, so I can not give any advices. I am just giving information which might help other parents or become indicators. When I was a student there, major classes were too crowded. Beginning of each semester, there were hundreds of students sitting down on the floor for first couple months until half of the classmates dropped. These classrooms were made for three hundreds students or so. I also had to wait for a long line, when I wanted ask professors questions and sometimes late for next class. It might be similar for any other classes which are requirement. Classes must be more packed now and next few years. About private counselors and tutors: Although my daughter told me several students at her school use private counselors or tutors, not many people can afford them. We use any help from our family and friends. I tutored her mathematics through Calculus, and her uncle who is a lawyer helped her history classes. My daughter decided her father high school English teacher is not good enough, and her other uncle high school history teacher is not willing to help her. Among them, who took score 5 on AP Calculus exams were accepted by schools where they wanted to go, such as Stanford and Harvard. If you take AP exams by junior years, you can put scores on the application. These indicators helped her decide where she apply, and not to apply. Public schools or private schools: Since I can not afford for a private school, we made a deal. My daughter can go to a private school only if she gets full scholarships. If she gets it, I will not complain how far the school is. It will be difficult for me, but I have to have respect for her choice and effort. There were several students from her school who went to Ivy schools with full scholarships last years. Their financial backgrounds vary. At least one of the students has professional parents. However, their performances are alike. They took many AP classes, there were in varsity sports, leaderships or community services. But not all of them were perfect. I will see what will happen to my daughter, who tries hard but not perfect. Teen's mom Sept My son is a Senior this year in Albany. He is an African American student seeking to attend a historical Black college. This is my first child to go to college and I need to make sure we are on the right path with our applications. S Start here: www. The Collegeboard site is very helpful, and it is where you register for the SAT test. The Act. Your child needs to take one of these if not both, usually the SAT for most colleges. I would also get out the tea pot, or ice water jug and start sitting down with your senior every week, either after school or after weekend breakfast and have some talks about what they want to do or don't want to do. Four year college is not for everyone, but most work these days is requiring a Bachelors degree. This degree can be helpful even if someone pursues a career in Art or as a Chef, since this will be good preparation for project or business management. If your child wants a training program, you need to look into that, and there may be financial aid depending on the program. Get your financial records in order and file for Financial aid as soon as they will take it, don't wait for the deadline. Financial packages are often awarded first come first served. As a single mother without a lot of money your child may qualify for a maximum financial award, though this may also involve a rather large loan. Read the paypack terms, since it is best to have no interest while in school or deferred low interest, there is interest while in school, but you pay later and payment after leaving school. The worst loans are high interest, with fees of all kinds, and require payments immediately, do not take out these loans! If you do not understand the loan terms, make an appointment with your banker - if you have a checking or a savings account, your bank may help you understand these options, or again speak with the college counselor. Beware programs for quick easy college loans on the internet. The best ones are usually administered thru the college and are Federally guaranteed. Check and see if the college you are most interested has one bank or a choice of banks. There have been a few situations lately where private colleges were sending all of the loan business to only one bank with terms that were not competitive with other banks. Borrower needs to understand the terms. California has an amazing system of public colleges: University of California Campuses, California State University campuses, and many, many exceptional community colleges and programs. Some of the other state university systems are a little easier to get into than the University of California. Make an appointment with you child's college counselor as soon as possible. Ask for help from the principal, and her favorite teachers as well. Ask the librarian to help you with resources. There are many books at the library, and you can read through many of the current editions at Barnes and Noble, since they allow browsing. Make a wall chart and get bizzy. If you cannot afford the application fees or college exam entrance fees you can get waivers, however it is getting pretty late. Your child needs to be scheduled or have taken the exams already. Did it last year, you can too Sept My oldest daughter, now 16 and in 11grade, is a hardworking, strong though not stellar student. GPA hovering at 3. She is not as strong in math and sciences; still searching for her calling in life. She's definitely college bound, however, not one to stray too far from California. We didn't have enough to put away big bucks for the private school of her choice. We're middle class and unlikely to qualify for scholarships or grants. We'd like to hear from parents who have been there and any advice to high school students preparing for college and anything you would have done differently with your own kids to prepare them for the future. Thank you for sharing your insights! Signed, Newbie Parents Do not let cost be the determining factor in choosing a college that will fit your child. My child was similar to yours as far as academics and standings. We, too, are what one would call middle class. We looked at who our child is, her interests, geographic desires not straying too far from home and found a few schools that fit her criteria. We did not look at cost. To our surprise we were awarded interest free loans and a small grant which made the tuition possible. Fortunately, she loves her school in the pacifc northwest and we're able to make it work. Visit schools and go with an open mind as to how you will pay for it. Sometimes situations have a way of working themselves out. First, visit a few local campuses during your 11th grade that represent the different kinds of schools, e. Town and school on same page Humboldt, Davis. Town and school on separate pages Mills, Evergreen St. Residential v. State or SJ State. Do a couple, and she will pretty quickly have a read on size and location, private v. Preppy v. Really, just a couple visits will do. Second, make sure she sits in on classes by herself to get a read on the school. Have a meal in the cafeteria. Possibly spend a night in the dorm. The more personal contact, the better. She can look through a couple department offerings and email the teachers to see if it is ok to sit in. Most cases will welcome you. Third, go when your high school is out of session and the college is in session. Do not put too much weight in the organized visits arranged by the colleges. They give you tours of buildings, led by a couple of peppy kids. You miss the real nitty gritty of seeing the teachers and kids in action. Your daughter will get ton's out of this, which cannot be conveyed at the college's organized events. Also, if you can help it, avoid driving through a campus on a weekend ''just to see the place'' is a very distorted view - one that is just a bunch of buildings. Note also that if you take one college walking tour, you have probably taken all of them. You can start one, but in 5 minutes you will see the same picture from the previous one. That can help a lot, mainly by taking you out of the picture. That financial investment is small compared to a year's wasted tuition at the wrong school. Fifth, get validation that your daughter is ready for college and wants to go. Very important. Consider options. They do a two day evaluation of interests and capabilities using written and manual tests and interviews. The stuff they get will blow your mind, stuff you'll never get from an academic setting. This experience really opened up the options and vision for our daughter. Sixth, consider alternative college formats, e. Evergreen may be 50 to years ahead of all the rest of the colleges in the country. There are probably other idea's you will get from others on the board.
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I think if you can tie in his choices of classes to some of his interests and then what he has done with them if anything outside of school, that would good. There is a major in Society and Environment where she could focus on the Near East, and an interdisciplinary major you write yourself that could include the Near East. He applied to state colleges through CSU Mentor and got some confirmations by mail and some via email. For instance, the school my son attended required a dorm selection. You can begin working on the supplemental essay now. Really, just a couple visits will do. Environmental stuff is also growing in popularity, so CNR is as competitive as anything else. Read the paypack terms, since it is best to have no interest while in school or deferred low interest, there is interest while in school, but you pay later and payment after leaving school. Consider options.
The deadline to submit your supplemental essay form is December 18, I found that the info on the College Confidential thread on the essay was very consistent with what I learned myself on a college tour and by speaking directly to current and former students.
Three were reaches, two were schools more likely to accept her, but she only applied to schools she really wanted to attend. Looking back, we all feel she should have applied to a couple more, but she's very happy with her final choice.
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The prompt is on our website. What do you wish you'd known at the outset? Most cases will welcome you. We looked at who our child is, her interests, confidential desires not straying too far from college and found a few essays that fit her criteria.
Our family met with her for an hour and a half, and she had great suggestions for schools for my daughter to apply to and had a lot of substantive information about the schools my daughter was considering. Beginning of each semester, there were hundreds of students sitting down on the floor for first couple months until half of the classmates dropped.
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This experience really opened up the essays and vision for our daughter. If you do not submit your essay by the college, you will not be considered for admission to the M. The more personal contact, the better. Your child needs to be scheduled or have taken the exams already. My student was offered admission at all the schools except the ''reach'' school. She got into the confidential berkeley.
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Thanks so much! Consider applying to a college or two that essay Early Action, which is a non-binding form of early notification of acceptance. She has been essay listed. Again, good luck. Read the paypack terms, since it is best to have no interest while in school or deferred low interest, there is interest while in school, but you pay later and payment after leaving school. When looking over the CSU Mentor account there had been 2 notices in December asking for his college scores and 7 or 8 college messages with confidential ''keep your grades up'' notices reminding him ''not to get senioritis'' and that his confidential GPA would be important.
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Write my reportWhere in general terms did your child get in? Even in the best of times, pre-proposition 13 etc, when I went to school, a little more help in selecting the non- brand name colleges would have been really useful. Do not put too much weight in the organized visits arranged by the colleges. Second, make sure she sits in on classes by herself to get a read on the school.
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The counselor will work with your student through the entire application process, including helping them figure out which schools to apply to and keeping them on track toward due dates.
Every application has gone through extensive reviews, and admissions decisions to the program are final. It was a really lovely nite for us to see them talking outside for hours.
Ask the essay to help you with resources. At the end of every semester the kids gathered in our back yard around the fire pit nothing glamorous - one we got from Target a few years back - you can even do it in a barbq and they confidential out their back packs and burn all the paper, etc. But not all of them were perfect.
They say it's a little like writing a job reference, but I think it should be more personal as you are his mother, afterall. Wait, she's going to college? They give you tours of buildings, led by a couple of peppy kids. Second, make sure she sits in on classes by herself to get a read on the school. I had nothing to do with my two daughters' colleges and they had no problem getting them done and in AP US sample essays time.