June 2019

Juniors: Ready for College Boot Camp?

Our Summer Boot Camp workshops help rising high school seniors embark upon the college admissions process in a relaxed, small group setting with the support of our college counselors. Make the most of your summer and get a jumpstart on your college applications by signing up for our Admissions Workshop or get your writing process underway in our College Essay Workshop, or both! All workshops are held at our Concord campus. Please call 888.747.2382, ext. 119 to register. The cost is $25.00 per workshop.

Looking for something a little closer to home? Ask your school counseling office if they are hosting a boot camp or college prep workshop at your high school this summer.

And there is more help available! Our college counselors are always available for individual appointments at our Concord campus to help you and your family start to develop a list of colleges you may want to visit over the summer. Our counselors can outline the college admissions process, discuss the college application components, or offer suggestions for creating a budget for the college search process for you as well. Call 888.747.2382, ext. 119 to schedule your FREE 60-minute appointment.


Juniors: What Can You Do This Summer to Enhance Your College Application?

Juniors, this summer is not the time to sit idle. There are things you can be doing to grow as an individual, prepare yourself for the future, and enhance your college applications at the same time! Check out some of these options:

  • Take a College Class Whether you choose to take one course at a local community college or to enroll in a pre‑college summer program complete with living in a college residence hall, high school students can get a jump on college core coursework or explore coursework in a particular area of study
  • Explore Research Options Experience in a lab is an excellent way to determine a potential college major (and is impressive on a college application!). Contact college professors at a local research university to see if they need help in their lab this summer. Even cleaning equipment is valuable experience!
  • Become an Entrepreneur Start a business alone or with friends this summer to earn a little extra cash and to enhance your creative spirit. Walk dogs, babysit, landscape, help the elderly with chores or to learn computer skills ‑ whatever you enjoy doing is a potential business.
  • Job Shadow or Become an Intern Job shadowing will offer you an opportunity to learn more about a particular occupation for a day (or sometimes more). You can sit in on a business meeting, or help your local veterinarian with his or her daily routine. Internships offer a more structured experience working in a chosen field or profession for extended periods of time. Either way, you will learn more about a career, yourself, and will show colleges your willingness to take advantage of your opportunities.
  • Volunteer in Your Community Colleges would rather see continuity and commitment to volunteer experiences rather than a few one‑off volunteer efforts. Start now visiting a nursing home a few hours a week, or helping at a local animal shelter and continue your service through your senior year. You may just uncover a passion for volunteerism or even a potential career path!
  • Visit College Campuses Summer is an ideal time for families to travel together to college campuses for an initial visit. Although there may not be as many students around during the summer, campuses are ready to show you around and answer any questions you might have. Be sure to prepare a list of questions to ask on your tour.
  • Get a Job Working, whether it is in a position which helps you to make a career choice or not, helps you to become more responsible, accountable, and to collaborate with others. Colleges view these as essential skills for your future. And it doesn't hurt to put some of that money aside for college expenses!

Whatever you choose to do this summer, think about how you can express your accomplishments to the admissions office on your college applications! Dont be shy ‑ colleges will never know what you have done unless you tell them!


SATs, SAT Subject Tests & Standardized Testing

Juniors across the state of New Hampshire took the College Boards SAT in March during the school day. Scores are now available, making this a great time to plan out a schedule for the rest of your standardized testing. If you choose to, there is plenty of time to take the SAT test one more time in the fall of your senior year. In fact, College Board is now offering an August test date, so you can cross standardized testing off your list of college process “to do's” before school begins!

As a reminder, the SAT and ACT are national college admissions examinations accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the United States as part of the application process. Read more about these important components in the Application Components section of our website here.

Looking for a way to practice for the SAT? Download the FREE SAT Daily Practice App which allows students to answer the question of the day from their smart phone! And upload any previous SAT scores at Khan Academy to get personalized test prep for your next test date.


Seniors: What Do You REALLY Need to Do Before Arriving on Campus?

Before you know it, you will be starting your next adventure: COLLEGE! But before you start packing your suitcases and backpack, there are some things you will need to do:

  • Set up your student portal (if you have not already done so). Most campuses use a student portal for billing, class registration, class assignments, grade reporting, etc. You will need to set up and know how to access this information.
  • Schedule your orientation. You will likely be introduced to the various campus services, meet other students, get your student ID, and register for classes at orientation. Call your college or visit the school website or portal for more information.
  • Follow your college on social media. (Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook). You can join the class of 2023 Facebook page and connect with students who have the same questions and feelings you are having ‑ or maybe even find your roommate! Get the latest student event information, see pictures and videos, and keep up‑to‑date on your campus' athletic teams by following all social media platforms.
  • Complete all necessary paperwork. Your college may have provided you with specific “new student” forms to complete. Having these forms completed before you arrive on campus will help you get through the process (and maybe even some lines!) more quickly. Check with your school to see what you will need.
  • Apply for a job on campus. If you were offered college work study money as part of your financial aid award (and sometimes even if you were not), you may be able to apply online for any open positions. Check your college website for more information. You may need to complete some paperwork (such as a form I‑9 and a W‑4), so consider completing those before you arrive on campus.
  • Contact your roomate (if you have one). Coordinate what each of you will be bringing for your room. Maybe one of you can bring the refrigerator and one the microwave, for example. Get to know each other before arriving on campus. Is he or she a morning or night person? What music do you both like? Does he or she have any allergies?
  • Open an account with a local bank. You can save yourself the time and expense of traveling to a branch of your current bank and avoid ATM fees if you open an account with a bank with a branch on or near your campus.
  • Memorize (or know how to access) important numbers. You will definitely need to memorize your student ID number to access various things on campus, but you might also need to know your social security number, PIN number for banking, username and password for the student portal, health insurance number, and more.
  • Make a packing list. Get organized by making yourself a packing list. You could sort your list by categories such as academics, clothes, snacks, bedding, room décor, and more. Remember though, your room is likely to be smaller than you are anticipating; pack light!
  • Learn how to do laundry. The time is near! You are going to have to do your own laundry on campus! Do you wash your whites in hot water? Is there a delicate cycle on the school machines? Write down any special instructions for your favorite washables before you do that first load of laundry on campus to avoid any potential disasters.


One MoreThing for Your Checklist as You Head Off to College

Congratulation Seniors, you've done it! You have made your college selection! How exciting is that? We know you are looking forward to taking it easy and relaxing this summer, but there are a few things you need to consider and some items you need to complete before classes start.

Securing your financial aid, specifically your Federal Direct student loan, is critically important. You are required to complete Entrance Counseling before your federal student loans can be disbursed to your school. Entrance Counseling is designed to help you understand your rights and responsibilities as a loan borrower. You will be asked to respond to a variety of online questions as you read through the material so that you can gauge your own competency with the process. In addition, completing your Master Promissory Note (or MPN) for this loan is essential. An MPN can be completed in about 30 minutes and, like Entrance Counseling, must be signed before your federal student loans can be disbursed to your school. You will need your FSA ID, which you created to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA, the name of a reference, and his or her mailing address and phone number. To access the Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling website, please click here.


Varsity Tutors offers a monthly scholarship essay contest for students over the age of 16. Students are asked to write a short essay (between 200 and 900 words) responding to the specific question asked. The essay prompt changes, so you can enter month after month if you don't win. Good luck ‑ and don't forget to proofread!


Summer Reading

One of our favorite NH college counselors recommends Where You Go is Not Who You Will Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania by Frank Bruni as a must read for every rising high school junior and senior and their parents. In his book, Bruni shares the ups and downs of applying to elite colleges. And while many students (and parents) may be disappointed when their candidacy is denied, Bruni encourages his reader to understand that what students get from college has almost entirely to do with the attitude and determination they bring and very little (if at all) to do with where that college sits in the pecking order of prestige. Pick up a copy and tuck it in your beach bag!


“I Am College Bound” Promo of the Month

New Hampshire high school students are encouraged to enter the “I Am College Bound” Promo of the Month Contest. If you correctly answer our college admissions or financial aid quiz question, you will be entered to win one (1) of two (2) $25 Amazon gift cards! Enter each month for your chance to win!

The “College Bound” campaign provides New Hampshire high school students with the inspiration, information and planning support to pursue higher education goals. The Center for College Planning (CCP) team especially encourages low income students, their parents and their mentors to recognize that New Hampshire campuses and the U.S. Department of Education offer strong financial aid programs which enable eligible individuals to access financial assistance in paying for education beyond high school.


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