Month: March 2020
Free College Mindset Webinars
College Mindset is offering several free webinars to help students during this difficult time. Please feel free to share the information with friends, family, and colleagues.
3-Ways to Start Your College Process
Best for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in high school (and their parents/caregivers)
Thursday, March 19th at 12 PM MST Registration Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KKFYHNmuTK-tXm7BRoXKOA
Tuesday, March 24th at 6 PM MST: Registration Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9Z-y_OtER7Gb8hvaFAswGQ
One of the most common questions I receive from students and parents is: Where do we start? There is no doubt that the college application process has changed—and it is still changing every day. No one knows the ins and outs of every aspect of the process, but with a little patience and intentionality, you can navigate the process with ease—but you have to get started first!
In this Webinar, we will cover 3-Ways to get started with your college process. You will learn:
How to Obtain Knowledge
1st gain knowledge about the college admissions industry. What do you know about the business of college admissions? Katherine will give you a behind the scenes look at how colleges view the admissions process.
2nd look at who you are and how you learn. Building self-knowledge is an essential step in the college process.
How to Find Your Resources
Now that you know a little bit more about who you are and how the world of admissions works, you need to determine your resources. Katherine will review resources (including online research websites).
How to Understand the Timeline
Knowing the timing of the college process is an important step. Every participant will receive a FREE copy of College Mindset’s Ideal College Planning Timeline, which we will review during the Webinar.
How to Research Colleges
Best for sophomores and juniors in high school (and their parents/caregivers)
Monday, March 23rdat 2 PM MST Registration Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yu8LaETZThCg562gFKCq9g
Wednesday, March 25th at 6 PM MST; Registration Link:https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Qj7p9kunQbiGp6GGcXYUgQ
Researching is an essential part of the college process and other life decisions. For example, you might research companies when you are looking for a job or internship. Katherine will cover how to research colleges (mainly online) to help students determine what questions to ask and where to find the answers.
Networking and Informational Interviews
Best for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in high school (and their parents/caregivers) AND any college student
Friday, March 20th at 11 AM MST; Registration Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_h0nMRnj7ShmXneIf7a6UBg
Monday, March 23rd at 6 PM; Registration Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_slsznNjJRje8BbUc9N0BNQ
Connecting with people can provide you with insights about a college, major, or even a job- and it is something you can still do, even while we are practicing social distancing. As an adult, this skill will help you advance your career. In this Webinar, Katherine will show students how networking is more than learning how to make small talk. It is about finding your voice and asking great questions that will guide you towards your goals. Students will receive templates for conducting informational interviews, including how to reach out in an email and what questions to ask.
How to Manage the Transition to College
Best for seniors in high school (and their parents/caregivers)
Thursday, March 19th at 7 PM MST; Registration Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_j-Dp2pMNS7CoaNreTAeJeQ
Tuesday, March 24th at 1 PM MST; Registration Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8e8oE0BCS2y-p6nLTTqthw
Change is hard, and we are all going through massive changes right now. I know some students are struggling to think about the future. However, knowing how to transition from one significant life change to another is a skill you will use forever. You will transition from high school to college, from college to adulthood. You will change jobs and maybe someday get married or become a parent. Being able to not only anticipate change but face it head-on is perhaps the most essential life skill. In this Webinar, Katherine will cover how to handle one or your first major life transitions: going to college. We will also discuss how this transition might look different this year, given the Coronavirus pandemic.
Coronavirus and College Admissions
Hello College Mindset Families,
I am sure your inbox is flooded with companies telling you what they are doing to keep customers safe in light of the COVID-19 or Coronavirus pandemic. I am writing to extend my support to all College Mindset families since school and college closings are more than likely affecting your college process.
Remember that while many colleges are closing, as of now, most are remaining opening. This article from Inside Higher Ed takes a look at the decision process colleges are going through. Either way, the Coronavirus is disruptive for all of us.
As with any part of the college process (and life), I want to encourage you to focus on what you have control over. Yes, you may be canceling your spring break college visits, postponing an international trip, or disappointed that you can’t compete in a national competition- but it is going to be OK.
Here are some general tips, resources, and proactive things you can focus on as we face this time of uncertainty.
General Resources For Updates
CNN has a running list of colleges canceling classes.
NACAC has a list of college fair cancellations.
Information on SAT cancellations can be found here and individual site cancellations here.
Updates on colleges that have canceled admissions events and campus visits can be found here and here.
For high school seniors, final admissions decisions will be delivered over the next few weeks, and you are probably already anxious about determining your future. Read through the College Mindset blog post, 5 Steps To Making Your Final Decision. Since attending admitted student events may no longer be an option for you, I encourage you to focus on the following:
Review your supplemental essay, especially the “why this college” essay. Remember what your thoughts were when you wrote it.
Take virtual tours of campus, through sites such as You Visit or watch videos through Campus Reel. Make sure you also do online research about the town where the college is located.
Join admitted student online groups, so you can get to know future classmates.
Trust your gut. You have learned so much about yourself through this process and trust which college feels like it will provide you with a fulfilling and successful college experience.
For high school juniors, spring is a busy time for your college process. Here are some things you can focus on, as this COVID-19 continues to evolve.
If your campus visits are being canceled or postponed, do not plan on stopping by. If a school has canceled an event, they are doing so to protect their community, and you need to respect that. Call the admissions office to figure out your options.
Do not worry about demonstrating interest in a college at this point and time. I will be adding a video to the College Mindset YouTube Channel to share ways you can demonstrate interest in a school without visiting- so make sure you subscribe to learn when that is available.
Continue to research colleges by watching virtual tours through sites such as You Visit or watch videos through Campus Reel.
Don’t worry about canceled competitions or other extracurricular activities. Remember that every student is having to cancel plans and change directions. I encourage you to make a list of things that are being canceled due to Coronavirus so you can let colleges know how your plans changed in the additional information section of your application. Remember, you will need to be specific, so you can’t say, “I was planning on getting a job, but was not able to because of the Coronavirus outbreak.” Instead, you would need to say, “I was hired to work at Dunkin’ Donuts in March 2020, but due to the Coronavirus, I was unable to start my job until May.”
Right now, a few standardized testing centers in some states have canceled testing. Continue to prepare for the SAT or ACT as planned. There are always more testing dates.
For all high school students…
If your school is canceled, make sure you turn your focus to other things (again what you have control over). Get ahead on your homework, do some extra credit, and continue preparing for the SAT or ACT, or Advanced Placement exams (if applicable).
Open your Common Application account and familiarize yourself with what a college application looks like.
Continue to research schools through websites such as College Xpress and College Data.
Take a deep breath. If you are feeling stressed about the Coronavirus, talk about it with a trusted adult. The New York Times published the article, 5 Ways to Help Teens Manage the Anxiety About the Coronavirus. The Center for Disease Control also has some good resources about anxiety the COVID-19.
And to all of my college students who are returning early from studying abroad or having to leave campus, you are in my thoughts. My heart is breaking for my college seniors who are left in a place of uncertainty about graduation and other end-of-college events.
Please feel free to reach out to me if you need to brainstorm ideas to keep busy, come up with a Plan B for visits, or vent your frustrations. You can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.