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High School Senior FAQs

Between now and May 1 (or June 1 for colleges who have extended), high school seniors are trying to decide among their many college acceptances. Here is a list of frequently asked questions from college-bound seniors that may help you as you think about your college options.

Q: I was accepted into my second choice college at my favorite university. Should I matriculate and try to transfer into my college of choice once I am an enrolled student or is this too risky?

The first step is…

For Seniors: Coping With Financial Uncertainty And Evaluating Options

Evaluating College Options in a Time of Financial Uncertainty

The events of the past few weeks have disrupted plans for a smooth transition to college. Students’ best intentions to complete rigorous courses, take standardized tests on schedule, and participate in meaningful extracurricular activities are all expectations that we now find challenged. Parents’ plans to pay for college using long-term investments may need to be revised. While we are educational consultants,

To AP Or Not To AP? Answers To Commonly-Asked Questions

One of the most commonly asked questions in our practice is: “Does it matter if I take AP courses or not?” The answer depends on what courses are the right fit for the individual student, and what the student’s aspirations are.

Will I Be Able To Handle The Work?

The first, and, what might seem like an obvious consideration, is whether the student can handle the course work in an AP class. If a student is working hard and feeling stressed with schoolwork or routinely staying up to the …

Educational Advocates Team Promotes College Access

This fall, Joan Casey coordinated a group of consultants to assist high school students affiliated with Immigrant Family Services in Roslindale with college planning.

Rebecca Kenney spoke with a group of juniors at the Dorchester Boys and Girls Club about how to make the most of junior year including standardized test planning and preparation, college affordability, how to approach college visits, and timelines for the application process.

Cathy Costa joined other educational…

Educational Advocates College Consulting

Costa Certified as MBTI Practictioner: Now Offering Assessment To High School, College Students And Adults

Educational Advocates’s Cathy Costa recently became certified as a practitioner of the Myers-Brigg Type Indicator (MBTI). The MBTI is the world’s most-used tool for understanding personality types, and it has proven beneficial in academic counseling and career development. By helping individuals understand their innate personality preferences and how they differ from others, an MBTI assessment can help individuals interact more productively with teams and identify…

Procrastinating students

You Have Submitted Your Applications… Now What?

While it’s true that most of your work is done for your college applications, keep in mind that your actions and decisions in the months ahead can still affect the admission decision.

1. Keep Your Grades Up. Colleges will get a copy of your “Midyear Report,” which will show your senior-year grades at the end of the first semester or term. Colleges do not view “senioritis” favorably. Not only should you be carrying a strong course load in 12th grade, but you will be expected to maintain…

Casey Among Group Receiving IECA Katz Award

The Independent Educational Consultants (IECA) honored a group of consultants with the Katz Award at their November 2017 conference in Washington DC, including Educational Advocates’ Joan Casey. The Katz Award honors those members of IECA who make extraordinary voluntary contributions of their time and talents to organizations that benefit children. Each member of the group counseled students participating in the Possibility Project— a performing arts…

What is The ZeeMee Online Portfolio?

ZeeMee is a social platform designed to give students another way to communicate with college admissions officers instead of, or in addition to, a traditional interview. It is a free service that allows you to use images and video to document your personal story, by highlighting your interests, strengths and personality to college admissions counselors. A little like Instagram and Snapchat, ZeeMee is a fun way for students to present themselves more professionally.

A ZeeMee…

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