Cathy Adams, College Counselor

In the junior year—spring:
I give a college choice presentation and the students give me a list of 10-12 colleges they are interested in (reach, good chance, safety net).
I match them with teacher advisors and possible recommenders.
They complete a draft of their resume and turn it in.
The seniors and juniors meet together and the seniors give the juniors “tips”.
In the senior year—fall:
They finish up on the resume and polish it.
They begin the college applications and complete them by Dec. 1
I do not work with them on senior essays since that is covered in English class.
During the fall semester, I meet with each student individually (6 times) to discuss dreams, goals, family situations, college choices, etc.
In the senior year—spring:
I teach them how to complete a simple tax return.
I teach them how to complete the FAFSA.
They are required to complete 2 scholarship applications but encouraged to do more.
As they receive their financial aid packages, I sit down and go over each one with them and we analyze the package.
I cover various topics for transitioning to college:
Cost of attendance for college
Budgeting
Time management
Stress management
Thank you notes
Finances—banking, credit cards etc.
Differences in high school and college
How to read a college catalog
Class schedules
Career plans (if time allows)
Other topics briefly covered:
College social life
Roommates
Add/Drop classes
Health services
Support system
Car on campus
Tutoring/library
Professor’s office hours
Unusual behavior
Role model for younger siblings

If I had more spring class time, I would spend more time on budgeting, etiquette, scholarships and careers.