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.”
For most people, the path from undergraduate studies to a profession is not a straight line. There are changes of heart, changes of major, and changes of career. As college counselors, we talk to many high school students who are convinced the major they indicate on their college applications will determine their futures, so they must choose wisely or be doomed. But a quick poll of, say, anyone around you, will confirm you know plenty of people who work in a role they did not directly prepare for in college. Yet these same people benefit daily from the knowledge and skills they gained as an undergraduate. For just one example, read about Matt Callahan’s journey from math major to middle school teacher to international patent attorney 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, Seton Hall University. While Seton Hall may be most well-known within is home state, any student seeking to engage in a hands-on, diverse, and caring community should consider this private Catholic university. Seton Hall’s prime location (15 miles from lower Manhattan) means that students have access to tremendous professional and cultural opportunities. Students enrolled in the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, for example, have access to high-profile UN officials, unique internships, and an intensive summer study program thanks to an exclusive partnership with the United Nations Association of the USA. Approximately half of the University’s 6,100 undergraduates are enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences (where Social & Behavioral Science is the most popular major), but Seton Hall also boasts one of the top BSN nursing programs in the state. As a Catholic university guided by faith, community service plays an integral role in campus life. Every year, students volunteer thousands of hours to combat social injustice by mentoring at-risk children, providing ESL tutoring, and serving in local soup kitchens. Fun fact: Seton Hall’s laptop program provides students a new computer when they enter as freshmen, and then a new laptop two years later that’s theirs to keep after graduation.
There is a scholarship (or many scholarships) out there for everyone. In this week’s Scholarship Spotlight, we look at the Home Depot Orange Scholars scholarship program. Orange is the new green. Working at Home Depot can be more rewarding than just helping someone who is trying to fix a leaky faucet or decide on a paint color. Paying for college is a challenge for most working parents, and Home Depot wants to help alleviate part of this burden for their Associates. For more information on scouting scholarships and how to apply, check out the College Coach Insider blog at blog.getintocollege.com.
The college admissions process has a lot of moving pieces, and for student-athletes hoping to continue their sport in college, there are even more deadlines and logistics to consider. High school athletes who are interested in playing college sports should begin their research with the NCAA Eligibility Center and initiate open conversations with their high school coaches for support and guidance along the way.
To better understand the logistics of athletic recruiting from the admissions perspective, we checked in with two of our admissions experts on our blog. Kennon Dick was a Division 1 admissions liaison to the athletic department for Drexel University, where he later got to peek behind the recruiting curtain as an assistant lacrosse coach. At Tufts University, which supports a Division 3 athletic program, Becky Leichtling served as the admissions liaison to the softball, women’s soccer, and women’s lacrosse coaches, and assistant coach for women’s Ultimate Frisbee. To hear Kennon and Becky’s guidance on the admissions process for prospective college athletes, see the latest post on the College Coach Insider blog at blog.getintocollege.com.
In preparation for the receipt of financial aid awards, we thought it might be interesting to look back at the trends we’ve seen in this past year’s student packaging. In the latest encore airing of our podcast, we look at scholarship and financial aid trends, as well as answer your college admissions and finance questions. To listen, say, “Alexa, play Getting In: A College Coach Conversation.”
Applying for financial aid when parents are divorced, unmarried, or remarried can get complicated. One way to make the process a little less stressful is to check out the latest video on the College Coach YouTube channel, “FAFSA with Divorced Parents – What Should You Do?” And be sure to subscribe to our channel on YouTube to never miss our latest video tips on the college application and financial aid processes.
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, Duke University. At Duke University, where over 80 percent of students earn (on top of their primary major) a second major, a minor, or a certificate, passionate intellectual exploration is a way of life. The majors of computer science, economics, and public policy studies are among the most popular at the University, although students can also design their own interdisciplinary majors through an option known as Program II. Thanks to outstanding civic engagement, interdisciplinary learning, and research opportunities, Duke offers its nearly 7,000 undergraduates countless avenues to unleash their personal and academic potential. Both in Durham and around the world, Duke students can take advantage of service-learning courses and programs, helping them to connect academic learning with hands-on community partnerships. Once such program is DukeEngage, which financially supports students interested in serving communities in need. This past summer, some DukeEngage students were immersed in environmental conservation efforts in Peru, while others used music and literacy to engage urban youth in Chicago. Fun fact: The Blue Devils men’s basketball team is one of the top basketball programs in the county, but here’s a little shout out to the women’s golf team for winning the national championships in 2019!
There is a scholarship (or many scholarships) out there for everyone. In this week’s Scholarship Spotlight, we look at the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship. Student leaders, this one is for you! The Reagan Foundation recognizes student leaders with drive and integrity not only at school, but also within their communities and workplaces. For more information on scouting scholarships and how to apply, check out the College Coach Insider blog at blog.getintocollege.com.
The Coalition Application is similar to the Common App in that it is one application students can fill out that is accepted at multiple schools. While some of the essay prompts overlap with the Common App in theme and approach, others are quite unique to the application. In the latest episode of our podcast, we discuss the options and approaches to these topics. And in our Office Hours segment, we’re answering listener questions related to college finance and admissions. To listen, say, “Alexa, play Getting In: A College Coach Conversation.”