Top Tips from A+
There are many pathways to choose from after high school is over. This section is dedicated to jump-starting the thinking process--whether you are college-bound or not sure where you want to be in 5 years. Scroll around and let the cursor lead you in whatever direction you see fit.
Just a few "Tips" to get you started!
10 MISTAKES APPLICANTS MAKE
- Paying too much attention to rankings
- Being geographically limited
- Applying only where their boyfriend/girlfriend/best friend applies
- Not requesting supporting documents on time
- Applying too late for Merit Aid consideration
- Not doing their own research
- Not filling out their school’s ‘profile’ completely (or, at all)
- Being Unrealistic
- Taking on too much debt
Student athletes:10 things to consider
- Blue Chip/Immediate impact athlete gets the scholarship.
- Full-rides in college sports: rare!
- Athletic scholarships can disappear.
- Merit aid is absolute awesome-ness for athletes: Study hard in high school!!
- Determine if you are that “Impact” player by playing high level/national tournaments.
- Dig deep into your favorite college’s roster for actual numbers of players, how many players are recruited each class, amount of playing time, when/if your position will be available.
- A coach may guarantee a “spot” but that doesn’t mean guaranteed playing time.
- College athletes have two full-time jobs: Sports and Studying. It’s harder than you think!
- Athletes get injured, dropped, coaches leave.
- No matter which sport you play: Choose your college based on the academic fit first!
10 Tips to Saving Money in College
- Take APs in high school => Save on college tuition.
- Take dual enrollment classes—same as #1
- Resident Advisor: Sign up to be one in college. Save on dorm costs.
- Resident Advisor: Sign up to be one in college. Build your resumé, too!
- Take a few units extra each semester in college. Graduate early => Save on tuition!
- If your college allows, take community college classes in summer. Graduate early => Save on tuition!
- Enroll in community college first. Transfer later. CC credits: $64/unit vs Yale: $2400/unit.
- Enroll in your State U. Live at home. Save tens of thousands over 4 years.
- Apply early for Merit Aid.
- Don’t NOT go to college. Over a lifetime, that’s a million dollar mistake.
10 art schools to consider
- Academy of Art University
- Cornish College of the Arts
- Laguna College of Art + Design
- Maryland Institute College of Art
- Minneapolis College of Art and Design
- Parsons The New School for Design
- Rhode Island School of Design:
- Ringling College of Art and Design
- School of the Art Institute of Chicago
- The University of the Arts
10 summer programs to consider
- UCLA Summer Institute
- Embry-Riddle Summer Academy
- Middlebury Language Academy
- Minneapolis College of Art & Design
- Ringling College of Art & Design’s Pre-collegiate Perspective
- Santa Clara Summer Engineering Seminar
- Savannah College of Art & Design
- Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institute
- United States Naval Academy
10 Engineering schools with (some) liberal arts emphasis
- University of Rochester
- Swarthmore College
- Smith College
- Lafayette College
- Columbia University
- Harvey Mudd College
- Olin College
- UC Santa Barbara
10 Most Enjoyable Careers of 2014
1. Optician -- $34,0000 starting salary
2. Project Manager -- $87,000
3. Physical Therapy Assistant -- $50,000
4. Practice Manager, Medical Office -- $55,000
5. Physician Assistant -- $90,000
6. CEO, Small Business (Entrepreneur!) -- $177,000
7. Vice President, Human Resources -- $140,000
8. Physical Therapist -- $70,000
9. Structural Engineer -- $65,000
10.Manager, Dental Office -- $44,000