Sign up for last-minute tests

23 Aug

If you’re not happy with your ACT or SAT scores, you can still take them this fall. Typically, though, four-year colleges want seniors to have their tests completed by December.

To sign up for the Sept. 9 or Oct. 28 ACT, go here:

To sign up for the Oct. 2, Nov. 4 or Dec. 2 SAT, go here (you still may be able to get into the Aug. 26 test as a standby–but act now!):

Those links can also direct you to free practice tests, which you should take seriously NOW. Work on them daily so you’re prepared.

Remember: Good scores equal not only better admission chances but also opportunities to earn scholarship money. Colleges typically base their scholarships heavily on test scores.

Coming April 2018 to an online or mortar bookstore near you, 50 Life Lessons for Graduates–a perfect gift gift for high school and college graduates. Save time, money, and heartache from 50 millenial college grads who share their best life lessons.


Double-check your transcript

15 Aug




Seniors, all set to cruise through your last year of high school with an easy schedule?

Hmm, that might not be a good approach. Actually, it is critical that you have your counselor review your transcript to make sure you have completed all the courses you need for college admission. Do not assume your current schedule is okay.

Make an appointment with your school counselor as soon as possible. If you are getting “put off,” have one of your parents make the appointment. Make sure you have an updated copy of your transcript at that appointment, too.

In advance of that meeting, go to the websites of those colleges to which you are interested in applying. Print off the admission requirements. Compare them with your transcript. If you’re seeing something missing, be proactive and get a schedule change.

Stay on top of things this year!

P.S. While I will be posting weekly blogs through your senior year, you can also read through the blogs from earlier years, starting with the fall months, which are chock-full of help.

Last wisdom bits for college frosh and parents

8 Aug

Two quick messages–one for entering college freshmen and one for their parents:

College freshmen:

“A little request … When your mom wants to unpack all of your clothes and make your bed – Let her. When your dad wants to introduce himself to all the people on your floor – Let him. When they want to take pictures of every move you make this weekend – Let them. If they embarrass you or act crazy – Let them. As you start the new chapter of your life, they are also starting the new chapter of theirs. And believe it or not, this is probably more difficult for them than it is for you. So let them treat you like their “baby” one last time.” –From San Diego State University

Parents of college freshmen:

Just a few words of wisdom from a mom (ME!) who saw FOUR children go to college and finish their degrees:

  • Let them go. Yes, it’s hard. Yes, you’ll miss them. Yes, you’ll want them to come home every weekend–or every night! BUT . . . let them go.
  • Let them go. Don’t call or text continually. Just one phone call a week. Just a couple texts.
  • Let them go. Don’t say, “Oh, I’ll miss you sooooo much!” Say, “I’m so proud of you. I know you are going to do great!”

As college orientation workshop presenters emphasize to parents, these kids need to stand on their own. They need to learn life skills. If they keep depending on you for every single thing, they won’t become independent, mature adults.

Sure, you can be a safety net of sorts. For example, if your kid calls and says, “I’m sick,” send him or her to the college’s medical clinic. It will be okay. And you will be SO PROUD that he or she learned how to manage their own healthcare.

You will all be okay. Truly! Blessings for the big day ahead!