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Prepped for Success: What Every Parent Should Know von Nicki Washington, A. (eBook)

  • Erschienen: 21.07.2016
  • Verlag: 'A' Game Educational Services
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Prepped for Success: What Every Parent Should Know

College is an exciting time in any young person's life. However, getting there requires much more than simply searching for scholarships. The admissions process requires completing a number of steps before freshman move-in, including: Identifying Schools and Majors Completing Admissions Applications Preparing for and Taking Standardized Tests Understanding and Finding Financial Aid Completing the FAFSA Post-Decision Activities

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    Größe: 277kBytes
    Herausgeber: 'A' Game Educational Services
    Untertitel: About the College Application Process, Second Edition.
    Sprache: Englisch
    Seitenanzahl: 86
    Format: ePUB
    Kopierschutz: none
    Unterstützte Lesegerätegruppen: PC/MAC/eReader/Tablet
    ISBN: 9780984746767
    Erschienen: 21.07.2016
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Prepped for Success: What Every Parent Should Know

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Choosing a Major The most important reason for attending college is to obtain a degree. After all, this is the educational foundation for your student's career path. A major decision and concern for students is choosing a major. Some students know their intended major as early as ninth grade. Others may change their intended major numerous times before matriculating. Some students do not declare a major until their sophomore year of college. Finally, there are students who change majors as late as their senior year of college (although this is not the norm or encouraged). As a college professor, I've witnessed one too many students struggle as a computer science major. Some have just been lazy. Others were simply misinformed about the major and requirements when they declared. As a result, they were ill prepared, struggled in courses, and decided to change their major. There was only one problem they didn't consider. In order to change their major, students must meet a minimum GPA requirement. Since many of them decided to change majors due to their poor academic performance, this put them in a bind. They were stuck in a major that they no longer wanted to pursue, required to spend more money taking more classes to boost their GPA so that they could then officially transfer to another department. Not only did they waste time, but also money. It's not always that easy to quickly raise your GPA. In the meantime, students will have to explain to potential scholarship and internship opportunities why their GPA is so low. If you and your student thoroughly consider possible majors BEFORE matriculation as well as during his/her freshman year of college, these stumbling blocks can be avoided. This chapter will help you identify areas of interest, as well as additional possibilities you may not have considered. How to Choose a Major People often think the simple way to choose a major is to identify a desired career and select the most obvious major that leads to it. For example, if a student wants to be an attorney, he/she may think to declare a major in criminal justice or political science. While this may be logical and helpful, it is not required, nor does it consider all possible majors. A number of attorneys have bachelor's degrees in business, engineering, English, and science. Choosing a major should be a well-thought out decision that includes the following factors: - Career interests - Degree requirements - Academic strengths and challenges Career Interests One of the most obvious ways to identify potential majors is to brainstorm careers that interest your student. This will help to determine the range of disciplines that lead to a career in these fields. People often neglect to consider, even as a college student, the non-traditional career opportunities that a graduate in a specific discipline can pursue. For example, think about a degree in computer science. What careers do you think are available to someone with this degree? They may develop financial software on Wall Street, create smartphone apps, or teach high-school computer science courses, I have a friend who completed a B.S. and Ph.D. in chemistry. She used this background to develop her own natural hair care line and currently owns a full-service salon. This is why it is important to understand what career opportunities are of interest to your student. This information can be used to brainstorm different majors that lead to these careers. You may only be considering the obvious and not all of the exciting and new opportunities available. Consider another example. If your student wants to become a pediatrician, what undergraduate majors are available? What about a science major, such as biology, chemi

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