Archive for Road to College

Newsworthy

Facebook has a news feed, Twitter has a timeline, your smart phone apps tell you the latest celebrity gossip…so you’re set! Right? Almost. You are in college and looking for the ideal internship or job after graduation, or you are in high school preparing for your admissions or scholarship interview. No matter what your situation, you need to pay attention to the national and world news!

Here are some suggestions for you to be able to catch up on what’s going on in the world around you without interfering with your busy schedule. Read more

List Making

I make lists all the time. What I need from the grocery store, who to invite to dinner for a friend’s birthday, the homework I need to do this weekend, my goals for my student organization’s charity auction—all of these things and more make it onto my lists.

Whether you are in high school or college, lists can be your friend, provided you have them at the ready, and work toward crossing things off. Lists are key to achieving college success and high school success. Here are some ways to keep a list:

 

  • Pocket/purse sized notebook
  • App on your smart phone
  • Scraps of paper you always have in your pocket
  • Sticky notes
  • Notes stored on your computer

Of course there are more ways to keep lists, but you get my drift. Now think what kinds of things you need to put on your list and get going! Make a list of colleges and universities you would like to get more information about, of goals for your summer internship, of things to add to your resume, or application deadlines.

Do you need help coming up with ideas for your list? Making College Count is a perfect place to start.  It is filled with great advice for college and can help you developing goals and good habits that will help you achieve college success.  With your list in hand, you are now organized and ready to tackle your tasks.

Interview Success Part 2

 

You have your college admissions, scholarship, internship, or job interview coming up so you need some help. Here is the conclusion of the series of ten tips to help you navigate your interview so you can experience interview success. Check out Tuesday’s post for the first five tips!

 

  • Scan– No, I’m not talking about what you do to get an old picture onto your computer. If there is more than one interviewer, look first at the person who asked you the question, but in the course of answering the question be sure to also look at the other interviewers. When you are almost finished, again concentrate on the person who asked you the question. If you do this, each person will think you spent a ton of time talking to them individually, and they will like it.
  • Practice makes perfect– Go to your college counselor or career office and set up a practice interview. It will help you be less nervous because you can see what an interview will really be like.
  • It’s not a race– When we are nervous, it is natural for us to speak quickly. Some people naturally speak more quickly than others. Wherever you fall, know that in an interview situation you need to concentrate on slowing down. Even if you realize it half way through your answer, it is never too late to slow down.
  • Follow the dress code– Traditionally, an interview requires a suit, but you may be told to wear something like business casual attire. Whatever you wear, err on the conservative side. As I’ve said before, first impressions are very important, so be sure that they don’t automatically hate you because you are dressed inappropriately.
  • Send a thank you note– When you are done with your interview, send a thank you note. It will help them remember you and will make you look good.

 

So now you are ready for your interview! Good luck!

Interview Success Part 1

 

Have a college admissions, scholarship, internship, or job interview coming up? This series of posts will give you ten tips to navigate your way through the interview so you can experience interview success. Here are the first five helpful tips:

 

  • Don’t just answer questions, have a conversation– You want to let the interviewer get to know you, but you also probably want to learn a little more about the school/scholarship program/internship/job so make your interview a conversation and it will be beneficial for all involved!
  • Handshakes and name tags– First impressions are key in an interview. Give a firm handshake while looking your interviewer in the eye. Also, don’t give a limp fish handshake to a woman. Give all people you meet the same handshake, whether a woman or a man—it’s a sign of respect. And if you have to wear a name tag, it goes on your right lapel…no exceptions! The reason is that when you shake someone’s hand, their eyes will follow your arm up directly to your name tag. It helps them remember your name better if they see your name and your face in that initial couple of seconds after meeting you.
  • Do your homework– Yes, you have homework for things other than classes. Be sure you know about the school/scholarship program/internship/job/company you are interviewing with before you walk in the room. It shows you are serious and will allow you to ask more intelligent questions and engage in a more meaningful conversation with the interviewer.
  • Bring your resume– Sometimes interviewers are rushed before the interview and had every intention of bringing your resume to the interview, but something came up and they did not. Have one in case they ask you for it. Some people bring a nondescript folder or padfolio into their interview to keep their resume, a pen and a notepad just in case they need them.
  • Think before you speak– Answer questions intelligently. Sure, when you are talking to your friends you may use words like “um,” “yeah,” “like,” “you know what I mean,” etc., but that is not the way you should speak in an interview. Think before you speak.

 

Come back later this week for the conclusion of the series and your final five interviewing tips!

Get a Planner

 

I know this is simple advice for high school and college students, but get a planner. I could not live without mine, and by live, I mean I would have missed assignments, class and activities without it. They come in many different types, sizes, colors and themes. You can get them at your campus supply store emblazoned with your school logo and colors, you can get it at the local bookstore, or order it from your favorite clothing designer. Read more

Not Again Part 2

Yesterday we began a series of the top five gifts to give during the high school graduation gift season.  Don’t give a gift that the student will get tons of, give something original and helpful!

Here are ideas 3 through 5 I came up with as things I would have liked getting as a high school graduation gift. Read more

Not Again Part 1

We are swiftly approaching the high school graduation gift season. And while students all secretly hope for mounds of cash to be thrown their way by relatives and family friends, those same relatives and family friends are wondering if the student will know if they re-gifted that photo album they never used after receiving last Christmas.

While students will always appreciate any gift in recognition of this important time of transition in their lives, on behalf of those students around the nation, please put some thought into the gift-giving this year. Read more

The College Search Summer

High School graduations are in full swing.  Many of you probably have summer jobs, athletic camps or enrichment programs to participate in, which will keep you busy during the summer down time.  But whatever you do, don’t forget the college search!

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The Internet: Friend or Foe?

No question about it. The internet is a tremendous resource, especially for students looking forward to starting great careers. Not only is the web a great reference tool for your studies, it is the fastest and most convenient source for the latest company information, job postings and other information you need in the job search. You can easily do research on half a dozen potential employers in one evening, without ever leaving your room – something totally unimaginable just a few years ago.

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In College, Attitude Is Everything

When I was younger, my mom always told me that “attitude is everything.” I didn’t like it when she said that because it was her not-so-subtle way of telling me I was out of line. But as I have gotten older, I now realize just how true that statement is. One of the most amazing things I have observed in life is that those who have a good outlook on things seem to be pretty happy. Sure, not everything is going their way, but they are happy about the stuff that is and are trying to make changes for the better every day. And, on the other hand, those I see who think that everything “sucks” (read with a giant sigh directed toward the world in general) are usually right. So what’s the difference between the satisfied person and the Debbie Downer? Attitude.

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