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December 6, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Wither the college guidance counselor, that beleaguered tracker of student transcripts, entrusted to match hundreds of high school kids each year with a higher education?
Their caseloads are, on average, nearly double the recommended rate of 250 students per counselor. (In Washington, it’s 510-to-1.)
And much of the time, they’re tasked with a host of other duties – everything from clerical work to fundraising and crisis control. A report by education professor Patricia McDonough at UCLA found that they offer average high school student about 38 minutes of college advising per year.
Not surprisingly, a wave of websites and apps has flooded the void, purporting to aid students in their search. But weeding through the options can be an exhausting time waste for students and their parents.
November 5, 2013 at 4:06 PM
November is a big month for college-bound high school seniors. As college applications open up and some deadlines near, students who need help will find a smorgasbord of options.
College application completion events: These provide one-on-one support for high school seniors filling out college applications, with much of the help coming from college counselors.
Students will get help researching colleges, filling out applications and drafting personal statements. This program travels from high school to high school throughout the month and into December; for example, there’s an event at Seattle’s Cleveland High this Wednesday and one at Roosevelt High on Thursday.
Go to the Road Map to College website for more details and to check the schedule.
October 31, 2013 at 6:00 AM
It’s that time of year, the season when high school seniors add college essay writing to their general homework load.
Educational consultant Dave Marcus spoke on Boston public radio recently, offering some do’s and don’ts for harried applicants, and their parents:
- When choosing a topic for your essay, avoid the D’s: Divorce, disease, death, disabilities. “Often, the simpler moments are far more interesting,” Marcus says.
- Get right into your subject. (No throat-clearing or engine-revving.)
- Be as specific as possible with your examples.
- Stay humble. “A lot of kids feel they have to boast,” Marcus finds, as if they have to impress the admissions officer. “It’s not that way,” he says. “It’s wrong.”
October 24, 2013 at 2:20 PM
College fair season is here again.
Some 15,000 high-school students and parents will descend on the Washington State Convention & Trade Center Nov. 8-9 for the annual Seattle National College Fair. Part of the National Association for College Admission’s circuit of fall fairs, the free event is the biggest college fair in our area—and can also be the most daunting.
Planning to attend a college fair this year? Here are a few tips to help you make the most of the experience:*
- Do your homework. Many events offer a list of participating schools ahead of time. (Attendees at the Seattle National College Fair are listed here.) Budget your time by mapping out your must-visit booths—and keep in mind that you might have to wait in line to talk to admission reps at the more popular schools.
About the authors
Katherine Long has been a reporter for The Seattle Times since 1990, focusing for the past three years on higher ed, with stories that have ranged from the complexities of prepaid tuition programs to nontraditional ways to earn a degree.
Claudia Rowe joined The Seattle Times’ reporting staff in 2013. She has written about education for The New York Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, among other publications.
Mike Siegel has been a news photographer at the Seattle Times since 1987. His photography was used in a series titled "Methadone and the Politics of Pain," which won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for investigative reporting.
Janet Horne Henderson is The Times’ education editor. She has directed award-winning stories and projects examining race, immigration, religion and health, in addition to education
Caitlin Moran is community engagement editor for Education Lab. Her role is to help foster constructive dialogue online and in person
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