Resources Every College-Bound Senior Needs

January 12, 2011 by  
Filed under Favorites, Savvy Sites

As a teacher of a senior writing course and as a mother of a college senior, I have particular interest and personal experience in college preparation.  Below is a collection of videos, sites and articles that I’ve used personally and in the classroom.  Share these and let me know what you think:

VIDEOS I SHOW MY SENIORS:

1.  William and Mary Admission Prompt:  Many students envision the admissions officers as formal, unapproachable, stuffy old souls.  This illustrates that they are, in fact, normal peeps just like them. (as recommended by @AndersonGL on Twitter)

“>The Social Media Revolution 2012 . . . underscores the importance of continually educating ourselves in today’s fast-paced technological society:

2.  ARTICLES AND SITES I SHARE WITH SENIORS:

1. Application Advice from College Admissions Officials - current, up-to-date advice from the sources themselves

2. From a New Alum:  A Bucket List for Incoming Freshmen – practical advice here

3.  7 Prestigious Undergrad Scholarships:  Students should apply for these!!  I’m having my second semester students choose (at least) one.  The essay they create for the scholarship will be a graded assignment!

4.  NY Times – DeMystifying College Admissions and Aid:  The New York Times has a wonderful site devoted especially to college-bound students.  My seniors love exploring this!

5.   Going Beyond Cliché – How To Write a Great College Essay:  from that same NY Times site . . . another example of how practical the site is.

6.  Beloit College Mindlist List – These lists put it all in perspective, illustrating the cultural milestones that helped shape their lives thus far.

OTHER ITEMS THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST TO SENIORS:

1.  Five Impractical College Majors That Just Might Make You Rich : Food for thought as students ponder their future majors

2.  The Joys of Attending College Far From Home:  For those wondering if they should attend out-of-state, one student perspective . . .

3.  Which College Ranking Set Should You Use: A helpful debriefing of distinctions between the listings.

4.  VIDEO FROM USC STUDENTS:  What I Wish I Knew as a Freshmen . . . applicable advice for freshmen attending any university.


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