The College Board made a splash a few months ago with its new Adversity Score. After some negative backlash and bad press, they scrapped the score and replaced it with their new Landscape tool. Tune in to the latest episode of our podcast to find out what all the fuss is about and if the name is the only thing that’s really changing. Breaks from college can wind up being quite expensive for students depending on what they choose to do and how far they travel to do it. In this episode, we share some thoughts on how not to break the bank during the upcoming winter break. Finally, in Office Hours, we’re breaking down the supplements for Virginia Tech and Santa Clara. To listen, say, “Alexa, play Getting In: A College Coach Conversation.”
Unlike many medical school students, John DeGuardi didn’t have adolescent dreams of becoming a physician. “I liked science, history, political science,” he says, but was undecided on a major or career. His appreciation of multiple subjects is what led him to apply to liberal arts colleges. In freshman year at Hamilton College, John was especially impressed with his science professors and was invited to work in a research lab over summer. While he liked the experience, he came away knowing he didn’t want to spend his life in a lab. “I wanted more people, more collaboration.” It occurred to him that medicine could blend his enjoyment of science with his desire to help others, so he used the college’s career networking program to connect with an oncologist. As he shadowed the physician, he realized medicine was a perfect fit for his strengths. “It was problem solving, it was interacting. You teach patients about their illnesses, so you have to be a good communicator.” Convinced medicine could be his future, John met with a pre-medical advisor who suggested he apply to a program that allows students from Hamilton and several other colleges to receive “early assurance” to the University of Rochester’s medical school. Learn more about John’s journey to medical school and how his liberal arts education set him up perfectly for success on the College Coach Insider blog at blog.getintocollege.com.
There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges, including this week’s School Spotlight, Davidson College. The beautiful and historic Davidson College is home to 1,850 students, each of whom is dedicated to developing their talents in leadership and service. Greek Life (known as Patterson Court) and athletics are wildly popular here, as is the 100-year old student-run Honor Code. Because students are bound to never cheat on their work, exams are self-scheduled and unproctored, while take-home tests are a common occurrence. Political science, economics, and biology are among the most popular majors, but the College also features strong programs in interdisciplinary studies, history, and math. An amazing 70 percent of students study abroad during their time at Davidson, while over three-quarters of students participate in club and intramural sports. With teams available in flickerballl, ultimate Frisbee, and flag football (among others!), there’s something for everyone. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, Davidson places a heavy emphasis on community service. Students with a passion for volunteering will have dozens of ways to stay involved, including community-based learning courses (such as “Reporting Politics & Elections” and “Medical Rehabilitation and Disability”) and the Center for Civic Engagement, which connects students with local non-profits through selective fellowship and internship programs. Good to know: while Davidson students hail predominantly from the South, they represent a much broader diversity, as 28 percent are domestic students of color and 8 percent are international.
There is a scholarship (or many scholarships) out there for everyone. In this week’s Scholarship Spotlight, we look at the John Kitt Memorial Scholarship. Have you ever dreamed of working in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory? Though you need more than a sweet tooth to be eligible for this scholarship, college students with an interest in candy technology, this one is for you! For more information on this scholarship and how to apply, check out the College Coach Insider blog at blog.getintocollege.com.
So what is this “fit” they talk about today on college tours and in all the resources aimed at students and their parents? Exactly what it sounds like, really: Can you see yourself at this school? Students should ask themselves: Can I picture myself finding my community, be it scholarly, athletic, artistic, ethnic, religious, or cultural? Is there Greek life, and if there is, will my social life be equally rich whether I choose to participate in it or not? What about the political climate, and do I care if it’s liberal-leaning or conservative-leaning, or somewhere in between? And what if you and your child differ on where you think she’ll “fit.” Read about college fit from a parent’s perspective on the College Coach Insider blog at blog.getintocollege.com.
Whether you were deferred from your first choice school or one of your safeties, receiving a deferral can feel worse than an outright rejection. You want to hold out hope that you’ll be accepted come spring, but you can’t help but feel you should simply move on and accept the inevitable. In a few days’ time, when your feelings aren’t so raw and you can think about your remaining college options with a bit more clarity, follow the steps on the College Coach Insider blog to improve your chances of acceptance after being deferred.
There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges, including this week’s School Spotlight, Beloit College. How is it that a small liberal arts college in Wisconsin is one of the nation’s top producers of future PhDs? At Beloit College, one of the Colleges that Change Lives, students don’t simply study the liberal arts; they engage in it. Beginning in their very first semester, thanks to a Spark Course led by their faculty advisor, students think critically about their educational goals and create a written plan that will help inform and guide their four years of study at Beloit. Additionally, all students “practice” the liberal arts—through internships, fieldwork, or study abroad—prior to graduation. Beloit’s 1,275 students come from across the country and the world (18% of undergrads are international), and they can choose from nearly 50 majors, from anthropology and environmental studies to modern languages and theatre. Highly motivated students can even tackle a self-designed interdisciplinary major to cater to their unique academic interests. As a liberal arts college, Beloit prepares students especially well for future careers in business. Through the Center for Entrepreneurship in Liberal Education, students interested in developing their own businesses can spend one or two semesters running their enterprise out of the Coleman Venture Lab, while future musical artists can learn about recording technologies in the Maple Tree Recording Studio.
There is a scholarship (or many scholarships) out there for everyone. In this week’s Scholarship Spotlight, we look at the McDonald’s National HACER Scholarship. Many students, even those who earn high grades, are concerned about college affordability. Scholarships are made available by the McDonald’s Corporation to top Hispanic students across the U.S. to help alleviate some of the financial burden on students, their families, and their communities. For more information on this scholarship and how to apply, check out the College Coach Insider blog at blog.getintocollege.com.
Long popular in Europe, the concept of a gap year is only recently catching on in the US. But with this new-to-us concept come questions, fears, and a lot of confusion. We turned to our friends at Global Citizen Year to learn the basics of just what makes a gap year a gap year, plus a starter’s guide to planning ahead in case students want to spend time abroad before starting college. Check out the latest post on the College Coach blog for links to helpful resources from Global Citizen Year.
Mental health issues are a significant and growing concern on college campuses throughout the United States. In this week’s show, we welcome Courtney Joly-Lowedermilk, NITEO Manager at the BU Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation to talk about how to support students facing these challenges. In Office Hours, we’re offering suggestions for staying organized and on track in the final countdown to regular decision application submissions. To listen, say, “Alexa, play Getting In: A College Coach Conversation.”