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Snippet of Raising a Powerful Girl: Finding a Good Fit - Navigating the College Search Like a Pro

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It's never too early to begin the college search! Students and their parents should start having important conversations about the future early sophomore year of high school, and actually visiting schools early junior year, to make sure they're fully prepared when deciding where to go.
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It's never too early to begin the college search! Students and their parents should start having important conversations about the future early sophomore year of high school, and actually visiting schools early junior year, to make sure they're fully prepared when deciding where to go.
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looking at school, starting to open up conversation on, um, where you might want to go to school. What you might want to do light in the software year, start the conversations early in the junior year, start going and looking at schools because you need to take. So more and more schools are telling kids to wait till their senior year to take S A T s and a CTS, and that is bad. Athletes cannot wait. People who want to be selected to be in competitive fields like they want to be on. Let's say they want to go to Alabama and play in the band. Alabama has the most competitive band in the world. You cannot wait to your senior year to test because they are filling their classes from kids who are interested their junior year. And then they apply early action, which is by November 1st of their senior year. So you cannot wait to test because you need those test scores in hand for this November 1st through November 15th Application cut off dates. That means you need your essay written. You need your application filled out. That's a lot of pressure to put on a kid who's also got a full time student load and playing a sport or participating in band or debate or whatever. So I tell the parents and the students start in your junior year. Your you need to spend your family time, your vacation time. I'm sorry, it's just what it is. And you're gonna miss some school going to colleges and doing official tours, and they should be official. And your feet need to be on campus. And they need to know you're there because the kids the difference often at the application process time when they have, you know, 10,000 applicants qualified applicants, they automatically call out in some cases, the kids who never came to campus. They separate out those and look at those after they look at the applications of the kids, the qualified applicants who took the time, the energy and the effort to come on campus. Wow, I had no idea. Yeah, that's I don't think I don't think a lot of people know that. That's like a make or break on your application. Yeah, No kidding. You know that being foot Wow. Um, Carbondale, just a small colony. It is not small, but University of Illinois. Carbondale had 30,000 applicants last year. 30,000. They don't even think I maybe 3000 seats. I can't remember how many freshmen seats they have. So the pool of applicants is horrendous, thanks to the ubiquitousness of this Internet thing we have because they can go online and fill it out and boom, there they go. Kids are filling out, in some cases, up to 75 applications. There's no even and paying application fees for these. Some of them are application fee free depends on your income. And and you know there's various things. Some kids apparently have an endless supply of money to do applications, but that's kind of like the so in the dark, you know, to me. So there's there literally just having the the colleges admissions by giving them all that money. But they're also taking up all the time. You know, most admissions teams are very small. When you go into an admissions office, that is the admissions team, and they have to sit around with all the stacks of applications, right? So how do you determine who's a serious candidate? And that's the candidate that has taken the time and the energy to come onto campus and visit it. They want to talk to them first. That makes sense. That's a great advice. And you know, you got to think about it. The ones that on top of the applications that are printed are all as qualified as you are. They all need to. They're not going to print it out. If they don't meet the qualifications, they're not a waste of time, right? And so everything has to be perfect. If your essay is riddled with errors and they get, they don't get through the first paragraph, you're going in the dump pile. You can be a great kid. You could be a great writer, but yeah, you did everything right up until so you know there's There's certain keys to this puzzle that are important not to ignore, right? Yeah, well, that's that's such great information. So you talk a little
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