High School Students – Prepare for the Summer and Next School Year:

Well high school students, the year is almost over. If you’re not a senior, you have a summer ahead of you that does not include going-to-college prep. Or does it? While it is riley-mexico-1important to have some fun and forget about school for a while, the long game dictates that there are some things that you can do to help your personal development and maximize your chances of getting into a good college.

  1. Do something. Securing a summer job, internship or volunteer opportunity improves your resume and application – for any student. Adding summer experiences to an Activity Resume shows initiative and that you are a well rounded person.
  2. Academic classes for enrichment or advancement can still be signed up for at this point and preparations made for getting to and from those classes.
  3. Make a summer reading list. Most schools require some reading but simply reading newspapers, current events magazines or other periodicals can be done to stay sharp.
  4. For some students, SAT and ACT course preps need to be signed up for to take in late July or early August in advance of the Sept ACT and/or Oct SAT.
  5. Student going into grade 12 should begin finalizing their college list. Make time to complete a rough draft of the Common Application (CA) for practice, and to see if you are lacking anything. The updated CA for next year will be available shortly.
  6. Plan some visits to schools for the summer, or do some long-term planning of college visits for the fall, so you have time to work around your parents’ schedules.

Finally, if you aren’t sure what you could or should be doing this summer, you have a couple of weeks left to talk to your guidance counselor. The doctor is in.

It’s Not Too Late – Space Available College List from NACAC

If you are a high school senior pondering a change of plans about where to go to college next year, it is not too late. If you thought you weren’t going to attend college next year, but have had a change of heart, you may be in luck. Also, current college students wishing to transfer may still have time. Some institutions still have availability for incoming freshmen or transfers.

According to NACAC:

“At least 210 colleges and universities still have space available for qualified freshman and/or transfer students and all have financial aid to offer, according to the results of the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s annual Space Availability Survey: Openings for Qualified Students. The survey queries NACAC member four-year colleges and universities on the availability of space, institutional financial aid and housing as of May 1, 2013. Now in its 26th year, the survey is designed as a tool for counselors, parents and teachers as they assist students who have not yet completed the college admission process.”


NACAC list of space available colleges for 2013/14.


If you have questions about last minute admission opportunities, please let us know. We are here to help.

Parent Solutions for Teen Internet Headaches

This post originally appeared at www.mytowntutors.com

My friends over at S2R Solutions have come up with a great service that I think deserves more attention. It’s called ThirdParent.

helpThirdParent was built by parents for parents – parents who are worried that a careless mistake, bad decision or oversight made by their teen could come back to haunt them in a very real way.

Parents understand that they should take a real interest in what their kids are doing on the internet, especially if is a negative behavior. In order for a parent to effectively counsel a child as to appropriate internet use, it is helpful to know what is actually happening. In addition, there are several real world situations in which a person in a position of influence might search for a young person on the internet or social media:

Bullying accusations – Much of the bullying that goes on these days happens on the internet, especially on social media. If a school official receives a report of a bullying incident, one of the first things they are likely to do is check online for evidence of the bullying.

College admission – It is no secret that more and more college admission officers are at a minimum doing a Google search and checking Facebook pages for new applicants. In addition,  scholarship opportunities could be affected by unwise internet behavior.

Job searches – The expression “everyone Googles everything” is not such an exaggeration any more. If a future employer, even for a part time job, did an internet search for your teen, would everything check out OK?

Predators – Misuse of privacy settings leave many young people open to the risk of being preyed upon by someone with ulterior motives. With the ever-growing number of social networks, all with their own privacy settings, it is a daunting task for parents to make sure their kids are safe.

ThirdParent offers a complete internet audit of all public-domain information on your child. Parents can arm themselves with the information they need to teach their kids how to use the internet wisely and safely, and take corrective action should something be posted by or about their teen before any damage is done.

Visit ThirdParent for more information about helping parents monitor teens, internet activity.

For all your college counseling questions, please visit us at JD College Consulting.