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Have you wanted to take an online class to see what it is like? Have you wondered what college classes might entail? If yes, this is the perfect opportunity for you! The resources below allow you to sign-up for free online college courses from the best colleges!! There are also a variety of classes and topics to learn about! The most exciting part about this opportunity is that it is FREE, you are able to connect with classmate throughout the world, and you are able to complete it at home, at the library, or anywhere you would like! If you think that this could be a great learning experience for you, log onto these websites to find out more! If you have any questions come to guidance and we can help you see if this would be a great starting point for you in your college journey! Click below to find out more!
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Are you interested in pursuing writing as a career? Wondering what schools are the best for majoring in writing? Check out this website for the top ten schools that offer a writing major. Some of these schools you would not expect to be front runners, but visit their websites and you will see all that they have to offer. Every school has unique features that may appeal to you so look for the school who seems like the best “FIT” for you!These schools are the best of the best in this field! If you find any schools of interest be sure to log-in to Family Connection and add them to your list. You can also look up what they look for as far as SAT scores and GPA’s. Click this link to start discovering new schools with your major!


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Need some help writing your personal statement or essays for college? Here are some helpful tips that can help guide you through the process. There is also a component for the Common App that can help show you what college admission representatives are really look for. If you need some help feel free to stop by the guidance office!



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What To Do If You Are Deferred

Found in College Connections:  Posted on January 14, 2011 by Jeannie Borin

We know that application numbers this season are way up. It’s quite possible that you are a qualified student who has been deferred from your first choice college. A deferral means that you are qualified and that the admission officers will take another look at your application file during their regular admission period. So, what to do? If you are still interested in that college and would attend if accepted, here are some helpful tips of things to do now.

1. Don’t Be Too Upset

Most likely, if you’ve been deferred you are a qualified candidate. If you weren’t, you’d be denied. The percentages vary from college to college, but many students do get accepted after being deferred

2. Call About Your Deferral

Give the admissions office a call and try to speak with your representative. It is okay to ask why you were deferred.  Explain that this college is still your first choice and ask them what you can do to strengthen your application. Be positive and express enthusiasm for the college.

3. Send NEW Information

Colleges generally ask for your midyear grades. Update your resume – DO NOT send anything that the college has already seen – All your information must be new. Also, think about other information that might be worth sending:

New and improved SAT or ACT scores if available

Participation in a new extracurricular activity

A new leadership position in a group or team

A new honor or award

4. Send a New Letter of Recommendation

An additional letter of recommendation from someone who has not written for you yet is a good idea. This letter should highlight your unique characteristics and mention some things about you not previously mentioned. If this is your first choice college, the recommender could say that in their letter

5. Send Supplemental Materials

You can check with the college to see if they allow you to send any supplemental materials – For example, an art portfolio or writing sample would do.

6. Be Polite

Thank admission people you communicate with and remain polite and positive. They are very busy this time of year so save up any questions rather than calling several times

7. Have An Alternative Plan In Mind

You should do what you can to get into your top choice school, but remain realistic. Many deferred students do get accepted during the regular pool, however, many do not. Make sure you have applied to a range of reach, 50/50 and likely colleges so that you will have additional choices if you get a denial from your first choice.

8. Sample Letters

To present new information, you may want to draft a letter to the college. Below is a sample letter:

You can be disappointed but not angry – short and to the point is best


Last week I learned that my application for early decision at Johns Hopkins was deferred. As you can imagine, this news was disappointing to me. Johns Hopkins remains my first choice and the university I’m most excited about attending. I visited a lot of schools during my college search, and Johns Hopkins’s program in Foreign Studies appeared to be a perfect match for my interests and aspirations.

I want to thank you and your colleagues for the time you put into considering my application. After I applied for early decision, I received a couple more pieces of information that I hope will make my application stronger. I retook the SAT in November and my combined score went from 1980 to 2190. The College Board will be sending you an official score report soon. Also, I was recently elected to be the Captain of our school Water Polo Team, a group of 26 students who compete in regional competitions. As Captain, I will have a major role in the team’s scheduling, publicity and fund raising. I have asked the team’s coach to send you a supplemental letter of recommendation that will address my role on the team.

Many thanks for your consideration.

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While I was working with a junior helping him look for criminal justice schools, I came across this great blog devoted to Criminal Justice Majors.  It’s called Criminal Justice Degree, College, and Career Blog.

This blog has everything Criminial Justice:

Here is an excerpt from the home page of the blog:

Originally, the true intent of this blog was to cover online criminal justice degree program information and pertinent resources. However, over some time, Criminal Justice Degree, College, and Career Blog started to transform into a guide for anyone looking for criminal justice colleges, program types, courses, and career information – no matter if they wanted to attend college online or on-campus.

This blog should give you the tools you need to successfully get into criminal justice schools of your choice. The articles, essays, Q&As and numerous site resources should provide you with everything you need to make an informed decision about your next move.

For those of you who are interested in Criminal Justice Degrees Online check out the following:

Read up on school reviews, program courses, accreditation, and see my take on Criminal Justice education.

So welcome to Criminal Justice Degree, College, and Career Blog. Whether you are just starting on your educational journey, would like to pursue further studies, or delve into one of the many exciting criminal justice careers, we will be there for you.

To read more from this Blog….click HERE!!

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Recession Safe Majors….is there such a thing?  Here is a GREAT article that I found regarding majors and our economy.  The whole article can be found HERE!

You could waste four years studying a foundering field. Or, find out right here what careers (and majors) are still worth pursuing during times of economic stress.

Like the national census or a good Bruce Willis movie, a recession hits the United States about every 10 years or so. It doesn’t take a math major to see it’s been nearly that long since the burst of the dot-com bubble, and now, the collapse of mortgage-backed security has brought Wall Street — and the rest of the economy — to its knees again. As for college students? Well, we’re just crossing our fingers that four years is enough time for the job market to rebound.

Luckily, the U.S. financial system seems to be on the upswing. “By the end of the year, things should be looking better,” says Laurence Shatkin, author of The 150 Best Recession-Proof Jobs. But Shatkin warns that a recovery would not necessarily signal a return in jobs. “They are the last thing to recover in a recession; businesses are going to wait until the last minute to stop using temporary hires. It will easily be over a year until this country starts seeing an increase in job openings.” Here, we relay the crème de la crème of careers so you can declare a major now that will set you up for success later.

What to Pursue

Health care. Even in dire straits, people need certain services. Shatkin cites the health care industry, which pays well and continues a growth pattern as the field most adept at staying afloat during a financial downturn. Careers in the medical realm — physicians, surgeons, pharmacists, health service managers — round out No. 6 through No. 10 on Shatkin’s list of 150 recession-proof jobs.
Major in: biomedical sciences, biology, chemistry. Plan on being pre-med.

Information technology. High tech is an industry with heavy growth — recession or no recession. With the Internet getting bigger by the millisecond, the stakes for finding a job in the technological world are up. The market does, however, face competition from outsourcing, since labor abroad is cheaper.
Major in: computer science, mathematics, computer engineering, electrical engineering. No lit majors here.

Government. Shatkin is quick to point out that careers in government don’t have to be defined by bureaucratic paper pushing and yards of red tape. “Careers like school administrators and law enforcement officers fall under the government’s sphere,” he says. Government positions have had better protection against layoffs, which means more job security.
Major in: public policy, history, politics. Law school is another path to take if you’re looking to snag a spot working for the Feds.

Green jobs. An important, budding movement is the green sector — especially green energy. Organizations are looking for enthusiastic college grads to jump on board. Plus, the current presidential administration wants to transform energy needs into a self-sustaining machine anchored by clean and renewable power.
Major in: environmental science, civil engineering, environmental engineering. Although, there are opportunities for activists, advertisers and writers to get involved too, since the field is relatively new and malleable.

Education. The good news is that there’s still a very high demand for teachers. The bad news is that schools get funding from local taxes, so when this revenue dries up, so does money toward teachers’ salaries. Making big bucks is almost out of the question.
Major in: various topics in education, from math to P.E.

What to Avoid….Click HERE to read the rest of this article and to find out more about majors to avoid.

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Here is a great article I found on www.mycollegeguide.org outlining 4 schools that allow for supplemental videos as part of the application process. The whole article can be found HERE.

Four Colleges with Supplemental Video Application Essays

Finding it hard to whittle down and explain who you are in 500 words or less? If you feel less than gifted with a pen (or are feeling less than college essay inspired), why write about who you are when, instead, you can show college admissions by submitting a college application video! Sounds good, right?

imageafagen / Adam Fagen 

At many four year colleges and universities, college admissions are accepting a supplemental essay in the form of a video, and in the case of at least one college – it gets you out of filling out the college essay altogether!

After penning numerous college application essays, application videos might just be a welcome break! We’re sure that leaves you with just one question: “Where are these video loving colleges?”

College of William and Mary – Want in to one of the oldest colleges in the United States? At the College of William and Mary, they not only offer students the option of choosing a supplemental video, they also give you a little insight into the process (and highlight a few favorites) which should help you figure out what college admissions is really looking for and help you get started!

George Mason University – If you are hoping to call Fairfax, Virginia your home for four years, you’d better make it good! Your George Mason University application video can clue college admissions in to your personality and, best of all, you can use it either in addition to or in place of the college essay (which could mean one less written essay on your end).

St Mary’s College of Maryland – Convinced you want to take the supplemental video essay route? Well, at this four year liberal arts college, you can skip the college essay altogether! St. Mary’s College gave the usual essay question a twist by having admissions hopefuls treat the video as an audition to be a part of the college class of 2015!

Tufts University – We brought Tufts University admission videos to your attention last year after Tufts hopefuls uploaded them on YouTube for the whole world to see. If you are a Tufts hopeful, you have the same option: though they do recommend private settings. Do you really want your plea for college admission following you around for the rest of your life?

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