Your Path to College Master the College Visit Find YourÂ Fit Questions You Need to Ask
32 mindfulness for healthier, happier kids and families
14 road to college success 16
campus visits done right
36 media, technology, and mental health
5 misconceptions about attending college in Florida
40 5 ways to respond to bullying
25 college visit checklist
47 power of positive affirmations
diversity fly-in program explained
ask the expert: your key to college
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E N T S Education
30 30 18
planning for the college experience
29 building credit: a quick guide for teens 42
power of local scholarships
a trip to success: one Florida graduate who beat the odds
infographic- 10 reasons to attend a Florida state college
what you don't hear on a college tour
44 webinars: unmazed student link, July guide 45 why students are not successful at college
46 infographic- 4 ways to utilize your school counselor 48 resources- your college and career resources
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UNMAZED Letter from the Editor This past week I took a vacation with
research, showcased the importance
is reaching your hand out and testing
some family members to Europe.
of asking the right questions to find
door knobs to see which doors are
While traveling the beautiful sites of
where a student can be academically
locked and which will open . In my
Central Europe, I would often ask the
almost 20 years in education, I have
tour guides about their college
contributors this month have given
seen that analogy come true more times than I can count. Both parents and students are often sure one door was
devastated when they find it does not open. I find great joy when families find a door that is open that they never knew existed, almost like a secret garden to their future. So, whether your student is a freshman or going into systems and how students applied and
college process and some of the
education institutes. In Budapest, they
various questions or aspects that many
have 87 different colleges in the
families simply do not know to ask or
capital city alone! However, the tour
look for. For example, Scott Daigle’s
guide explained each college focuses
article on the 5 Misconceptions of
About Attending College in Florida
looked at some of the top terms we
College of Education, and so forth. We
hear about but are unaware of how it
are fortunate to have such a robust
McNaugton’s article Campus Visits
Done Right and Bud Jenkins’ article 3
programs, colleges, and universities,
Steps to Smart College Selection share
key aspects to the college process that
programs. With over 300 colleges and
everyone should read. Along with
universities available to our Florida
students, there is something for every
Checklist, every parent and student
student in our state to reach their
will have the necessary tools to begin
navigating through this process no
their senior year, use this time to reach out and try all doors, even the ones you never thought of. Visit colleges not on your list: those that are small, big, public, private, in-state, out-of-state, selective
yourselves the hard questions: What am I really wanting out of a college? Do I really see myself here? Do I only want to go here because my best friend/ parent went here? Does this college meet MY needs to get ME where I need to be? The college process is unique to each student and do not limit yourself simply because you do not know.
matter what grade a student is in. This month’s theme of the College Process, includes articles on finding
In Rob Hick’s, Ask the Expert series,
your fit, college visits, and college
he mentioned that the college process By: Dr. Amanda Sterk, Senior Editor and Founder of UnMazed Magazine
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July 2018, ISSUE 4
Magazine articles and more can be found at www.unmaze.me Where Florida experts meet for teen success.
Contact us: We enjoy hearing from from parents, students, and educators throughout the state. Send us your photos, letters, or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit us online: www.unmaze.me Do you want to collaborate? This magazine is designed for educators across the state to share their expertise on a variety of topics. We welcome those who would like to participate in creating this resource.
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UnMazed Where Experts Meet for Teen Success
Contributors SENIOR EDITOR
Amanda Sterk, Ed.D., is author of College UnMazed: Your Guide Through the Florida College & University System. She currently works at Florida SouthWestern State College as Director of Accelerated Programs. Dr. Sterk has been an educator for 20 years as a teacher, school counselor, and administrator. She is founder of the Florida teen resource, www.unmaze.me.
Katie Reilly is an English teacher at one of the highest ranked collegiate high schools in the state, Florida SouthWestern Collegiate- Lee Campus. She is currently working towards her Master's in School Counseling and is passionate about student success.
Cole Kraft, University of Florida photographer at http://colekraftphotography.com. Olivia Muchmore (cover), University of Florida, Bachelors of Agricultural Education and Communication with a specialization in Communication and Leadership Development. Oliva was She was Vice President of Alpha Tau Alpha (Honor society) a CALS Ambassador, and an officer in the Agricultural Communicators and Leaders of Tomorrow Club.
Rob Hicks, M.Ed.,has worked in public schools for 16 years. He is a school counselor at Fernandina Beach High School and the Ogburn School. He maintains the "Getting My Guide On" blog about all things school counselor at guidey.blogspot.com and writes about local history. Ashley McNaughton is an independent college counselor and founder of ACM College Consulting, LLC. She has her BS in Business from Bucknell,, and Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA. Alongside her consulting work, she volunteers with ScholarMatch, a nonprofit helping high achieving, low income students get to college. www.acmcollegeconsulting.com. Dr. Jerry Israel, A former college president, prolific writer and speaker on higher education issues, who has served on a host of education boards and commissions, focusing on developing innovative and progressive approaches in higher education leadership. His recent book, "The 75 Biggest Myths About College Admissions." Dave Rathmanner is the VP of Content for LendEDU – a site dedicated to helping consumers with their personal finances. In his free-time, you can find Dave working out, playing lacrosse, or dreaming about his next dog. Sydney Nanberg is an anti-bullying activist, located in Miami Beach, Florida with a mission to educate students and parents on the effects of bullying. sydneynanberg.com. Courtney Faunce is a mental health clinician at Lifescape Counseling Services, LLC,. She specializes in working with young adults and families utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) practices with a humanistic client-centered approach. Donna Marsh is a Holistic Wellness Practitioner and Life Coach. She focuses on whole food nutrition, mindfulness and meditation to create balance and wellness within the body, mind, heart and spirit. If you would like more information about Donna or her individual and family programs, visit www.wellness-starts-within.com or call 315-5722453 to schedule a free 30 minute discovery session.
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Stacey Adams is a Registered Representative of Park Avenue Securities LLC (PAS), Securities products/services offered through PAS, a registered broker/dealer. Financial Representative, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian), New York, NY. PAS is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Guardian. Alliance Financial Group is not an affiliate or subsidiary of PAS. PAS is a member FINRA, SIPC. Insurance policy benefits are reduced by any outstanding loans and loan interest. 2018-60721 Exp 05/20
Bud Jenkins, Owner of Floridian College Planning Resources, LLC., Bud, is passionate about students achieving their higher education goals, He specializes in College/Career Selection, Aptitude Analysis, Shore-Up Wealth Leakage, Reallocate Assets, Protect Retirement, Optimize Cash Flow, Academic, Athletic & Arts Merit Considerations. Scott Daigle is passionate about college admissions. As a former school counselor, and now private college consultant, he understands how to navigate the college process with ease. He is an Independent Educational Consultant at Premier College Advisors. Nury Castillo Crawford is a published author of 3,585 Miles to Be an American Girl. As an immigrant and school principal, she knows what it takes to work hard to reach her goals. she loves sharing her book with classrooms across Georgia and Florida. Cathleen Rose is a WISDOM coach and mentor for students of all ages.With her experience with special education, Cathleen is dedicated to helping students reach their full potential. Do you have a passion for teens? Would you like to write for an innovative magazine written by educators across the state and country? Connect with us today! http://www.unmaze.me/collaborators-3/
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Upcoming Featured Featured: Teens Guide to College Admissions; essay writing, types of applications, building a resume, and letters of recommendation
Featured: Teens Guide to Academic Success; time management, study skills, and college-readiness skills
Featured: Teens Guide to Financial Aid & Scholarships; local, state and national scholarships, Bright Futures, loans and grants, and award letters
NOVEMBER DECEMBER JANUARY FEBRUARY
Featured: Teens Guide to Mental & Physical Health; bullying, mental health, and wellness
Featured: Teens Guide to Careers; career and technical programs, choosing a major, career exploration, and personality tests Featured: Teens Guide to High School and Program choice; accelerated programs, high school options, and specialized schooling Featured: Teens Guide to Mastering Testing; test preparation, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Cambridge AICE, ACT, SAT, state testing
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FEATURED Applications Grants Loans
Financial Aid FAFSA
Out-of-Pocket Savings/ 529 National Scholarships State Scholarships Local Scholarships Institutional Scholarships Program Scholarships
Career & Technical State Colleges
State Universities Private Colleges & Universities
Size Type Location
Majors Tuition Activities Selectivity
2+2 Path ays Direct Entry Honors Traditional
Terminology in BOLD will be found throughout this magazine edition. The August and October editions will showcase the other terms.
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Florida has become a national leader in various college degree pathways, making degree and certificate attainability simplified. However, parents and teens still do not have a handle on some of the basic vocabulary post-secondary
institutions use.This list provides a gateway to a better
understanding of what to ask.Â
2 + 2 PROGRAM:Â 2 + 2 students complete their first 2 years (60 credits or Associates degree) at a 2 year state college or community
college and complete their last 2 years at a 4 year institution. Some
agreements among themselves, meaning if you do the first
two years at College X, College Y will accept you.
Letters of Recommendation
CONSERVATORY): An institution specializing in the visual, performing, and/or creative arts.
Virtual College Fair School Visit
ASSOCIATE DEGREE: A type of degree awarded to students at a US community college, usually after two years of classes. An Associates degree can be earned at two-year and some four-year postsecondary institutions. The hours of credit required varies by the program of study but it typically is the equivalent to four semesters of full-time study, or approximately 60 credit hours. ASSOCIATES OF ART (AA): A two year
common core degree that includes math,
science, humanities, communication, social science (~36
credits) and electives (~24 credits). Students seeking an AA degree typically go on to a 4 year university.
ASSOCIATES OF SCIENCE (AS):
An A.S. degree is best suited for students that want to enter a career field after two years, but want the option to transfer to a four-year college in a related field. It requires less core coursework than an A.A., and is more specific to particular major or career path. BACHELOR'S DEGREE: A degree awarded to undergraduates, usually after four years of college classes. Bachelor's degree programs typically take four to five years of college-level coursework, and require approximately 120 credit hours to complete. A bachelors degree is awarded to students who fulfill the requirements
Credentials commonly associated with a bachelor's degree are bachelors of science (BS), and bachelor's of arts (BA)
FEATURED Florida Median First-Year Earnings , ,
Career Certi cate FCS Associate in Science Degree Bachelor's Degree FCS College Credit Certi cate Associate in Arts Degree Bachelor's Degree SUS Data taken from the Economic Security Report, 2017
CERTIFICATE PROGRAM: A Certificate program teaches a specific skill set, and allows students to pursue a specialized area through specific training. Certificate programs may be offered at community colleges, technical/vocational schools, or proprietary schools. The length of training varies from 1847 credit hours on the type of certificate sought) is the same for all. COLLEGE: A college is a common name for post-secondary institutions specifically in reference to institutions that award associate or bachelor's degrees. It may also refer to those post-secondary institutions that only service undergraduate degrees and do not have graduate programs. In addition, within some undergraduate programs colleges may refer to an area of study or program, such as the College of Pharmacy or College of Nursing. COLLEGES THAT CHANGE LIVES: A program that consists of 40 colleges that are dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered colleges. These colleges have a goal of each student developing a lifelong love of learning and provides the foundation for a successful and fulfilling life beyond college. FLORIDA STATE COLLEGE SYSTEM (FCS): The Florid College System (FCS) comprises of 28 state colleges that offer a variety of certificate and degree programs, from a few months to bachelor's degree programs to meet regional workforce needs. FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY: Four year colleges and universities are post-secondary institutions that award bachelor's degrees to those who complete the required coursework. Four year post-secondary institutions can be for profit, not for profit, public or private. GAP-YEAR PROGRAMS: Year-long programs designed for high school graduates who wish to defer enrollment in college while engaging in meaningful activities, such as academic programs, structured travel, community service, etc.
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HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGE: Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are institutions of higher education in the United States that were established before 1964 with the intention of serving the black community. There are 105 HBCUs today, including public and private, two-year and four-year institutions, medical schools and community colleges. Almost all are in former slave states. IVY LEAGUE: Eight colleges are considered Ivy League because of their selectivity, high rigor, and prestige. They are often ranked some of the best colleges in the world with top access to resources, research, and academic programs. LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE: Liberal Arts colleges are post-secondary institutions whose curriculum emphasizes broad general knowledge of humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences rather than focusing on a narrow issue or profession (like nursing or social work). Liberal Arts colleges tend to be small in size. POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION: Post-secondary education refers to formal education beyond high school. Post-secondary education institutions include: colleges, universities, technical schools and vocational training centers. The lengths of these programs vary, and upon completion of the desired program one may earn a certificate or degree. PRIVATE COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES OF FLORIDA (PCUF): Private Colleges and Universities of Florida is an organization of 22 of Florida's private post-secondary institutions. PRIVATE UNIVERSITY: A university that is privately-funded. Tuition for a private college or university (before scholarships and grants) is the same for all STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM (SUS) of FLORIDA: The state of Florida has 12 universities in its State University System (SUS) that offer a variety of bachelor's and graduate programs.
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FEATURED Road to College Success I had a meeting with a parent and
As with any site, they are only as good
I went for one major, changed three
soon-to-be-senior who were quite
as the information you put in. If you are
times, and went back to my original
unsure how to even start the college
too broad, you will receive schools that
major. The great thing is, I still loved all
process. This is a hard question as
do not meet your needs; too specific
of my classes and find I use my
everyone starts at different stages.
and you might miss out on schools.
business skills while being in education! I would say that interior design class did
Often times I see students have a supposedly clear path to college,
3. I know the career I want.
teach me that was NOT my career path!
know the school, know which dorm,
The student I mentioned earlier was
If this section is you, then your research
know which major… the whole nine
interested in being a dietitian. He
might not begin with colleges and
yards. While these seem to be easy
wanted a good career in medicine,
majors but careers. Take some online
students to work with, I often question
without having to go to medical school.
career/personality tests to determine
what research did they do to get there.
He assumed this was a well paying
your best career according to your likes
I will ask questions like, What are the
career and would always be needed
retention or placement rates of your
and relevant. So when I asked him
degree program? They look at me
what type of major he needed for it, he
with a blank stare. On the other hand, I
did not really know. I tried using Big
campuses. Once you starting seeing
have students that truly do not know
Future (College Board’s college search
the same schools show up in your
where to begin. For both of these
engine), under Health and Nutrition
searches, it is time to start digging a bit
students on the end of the spectrum, I
and kept coming up with nothing. So
deeper. Peruse their website- what are
walk them through how to do research
we worked backwards. A simple
the graduation requirements for that
about colleges that meet your need.
Google search of education needed
major; what minors could go with it;
Here are some helpful tips in starting
for a dietitian yielded us a major in
what are some the internship/ research
the college process, no matter the
dietetics. From there a simple Google
programs you can get involved in; what
stage you are in.
is the application process, etc.
with undergraduate dietetics yielded 1. Know yourself.
us about eight results. Presto, we now
6. Talk with people around you.
Begin by thinking about what type of
have somewhere to start with!
Start asking your friends, teachers, professionals, etc. on where they went
school are you looking for? Big, small, urban, rural, private public, etc. This is a
4. I have no idea what I want to do.
to school and what they liked or
reflective process, not one your mom
The college search is always a bit
disliked about it. Even asking them how
can do for you. Sometimes you do not
harder when you do not have a plan
they found their school would be
except to go to college. Part of the
campuses and seeing if the school
college process is helping you figure it
graduated with this major from this
feels like a fit."
school, would you hire me?
2. Use internet search tools.
Tips to Finding Your College Fit There are some great free college searches out there about colleges that fit your criteria.
By: Dr. Amanda Sterk, UnMaze.Me
FEATURED What Affects College Decisions STEP 1
Location Close, far, in-state, out-of-state
Liberal arts, 2 or 4 year degrees
Price of attendance after FAFSA & scholarhips
Selectivity Do they accept only a few or many of the applicants?
FINDING YOUR FIT
Type Big, small, public, private
Activities Study abroad, internships, sports
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FEATURED CAMPUS VISITS DONE What may seem to be a long drive for
schedules and attend one which best
a boring tour given by an overly peppy
Interested in science? Take a good
matches your interests. In addition to
guide who speaks faster than ever
look at the labs, look at what students
the academic facilities, you may be
imagined possible is actually more
are doing in their classes, speak with
interested in athletics, arts, or another
valuable than most families think if
side of campus. Explore those as well.
done right. Giving the students a
schools will not be able to or want to
clearer picture of what they want and
athletic competition, concert, or other
don't want from their future college,
requests, you can take the initiative to
student event is a fun and easy way to
do most of these things on your own
explore beyond the tour.
answered and showing them what they are working for and where they may be in a short time are all reasons not to forgo campus visits. Here are 5 tips for getting the most out of your campus visits. Research First - walk onto campus with some knowledge of the school and programs you are interested in. It is unlikely you will know exactly what you want to major in, but you probably have some ideas. These visits are a chance to sort through them. You should have your questions that were not answered online ready to go so that you can ask the admissions counselors or program directors on site. Tailor your Tour – make arrangements ahead of time with the admissions office to meet the people you want to meet and see what you want to see. If you think you are interested in English, try to schedule a meeting with an advisor for that department and look at
Photo of: Olivia Muchmore, UF graduate
while on campus and if it is a school
Get a Feel for Student Life – general
student characteristics and social life
persistent. Some schools also have
can vary significantly by campus.
Visiting campus while school is in
specifically towards certain majors or
session is crucial. Take the time to eat
departments. Pay attention to their
in a campus dining hall, visit the library,
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HT tour the student activity center, and
have no interest in can prove helpful
pick up a campus paper and other
as it shows them a different side of
information on student activities to get
things and gives them a clearer picture
a feel for campus life. If you cannot
of what they do not want. You wouldn't
attend a tour while students are on
buy a car without driving it or a house
campus before applying, try to revisit
without seeing it, so why would you
pay for an education at a school that
could potentially cost more than either
Explore the Area – campus location
of those without visiting beforehand?
can play a big part in your decision and it is better to find out what you think of the town/city now. Safety, transportation
entertainment options are
Do the campus visits, and do them right!
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among the things to take into
by Ashley McNaughton, AMC College Consulting
How will my classes be taught?
How do you help graduates find employment?
Take Notes – after a few tours, the campuses and
What activities can I be involved in?
information may seem to blur together. During or after your visit, do not
What type of student is best suited for this college?
forget to write down your thoughts. You can even
How do you support me when I need help?
snap a few pictures to jog your memory later. Big or small,
What types of scholarships/financial aid is available?
religious or not – a student may have no idea what they
What is your retention rate?
experience it in person.
What do you say is the culture of the college? visits
showing a student what qualities they
How can I make my application stand out?
want in their future school. Even visiting a school a student knows they
What is there to do off campus?
PARENTING Planning for the College Experience
t's that time. Parents look at their children and realize everything is about to change. Soon, your child will head off to college as teenager, and return as an adult. And for the teens about to embark on this quest, you are likely to return with a sack full of debt.
How will we all
handle it??! If you are a parent of a young child, like with all savings, the sooner you start the better.
One of the ways to
accomplish this is with a 529 Savings Account.
This is a tax-advantaged
savings plan designed to encourage saving for college. According to the Securities and Exchange Commission's website (sec.gov) 529 plans are known as "qualified tuition plans." There are two types of 529 plans: prepaid tuition plans and college savings plans. All 50 states and the District of Columbia sponsor at least one type of 529 plan.
While the primary purpose of life insurance
protection, the cash value that builds inside of a permanent life insurance policy can be used to fund expenses for college. But unlike a 529, the cash value in the life insurance policy can be utilized for things other than a college education. And in addition to the cash value, a permanent insurance policy will provide protection for that child and his or her future family. If you are ready to enter college soon, there are steps you can take to
average cost of a 4-year public college
the FAFSA form for their own need-
for in-state students stands at around
based financial aid awards.
$9,970 per year, and $25,620 for outof-state students per year, according
There are federal loan options like the
to the College Board website. High
Stafford loan, which has more flexible
School students need to start planning
repayment options than private loans.
Sometimes, private loans may have
collegescholarships.org . Thousands of
student loans, but that will often
because people do not either know
depend on your credit history, and may
certain scholarships exist or don't take
require a parental co-signer.
the time to apply. Don't wait until the
last minute to check out this website.
One last word.... Parents, I know sparing
your child from the burden of student
Another option is filling out the the
loans may seem like a wonderful gift,
Free Application for Federal Student
retirement to pay for your child's
studentaid.ed.gov you can fill out the
application to determine financial aid.
In addition to the application, there are
variety of repayment plan options for
many resources on this website from
different types of aid (I.e. scholarships,
institution is going to give you a loan
grants, loans, work study jobs) to
for your retirement.
requirements to obtaining aid. In fact, many institutions also use
mitigate the cost. Currently, the
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By: Stacey Adams, Financial Planner for Alliance Financial Group
There loans, no
FEATURED FIVE MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT ATTENDING COLLEGE IN FLORIDA With the fifth largest population in the
1) Florida Prepaid Plan – Everyone
2) The Top 20 Program – People hear
here knows that you can lock in your
that their student can automatically be
overabundance of applicants who wish
child’s tuition at a young age and not
admitted to a Florida public university
to remain in the state of Florida to take
have to pay the difference when they
if they graduate in the top 20% of their
advantage of the in-state tuition rate.
finally graduate from high school.
senior class. While this is true, the fine
However, with that also comes the fact
However, most are not aware that any
print says that you have to be rejected
that we have 5 of the 10 largest
policy holder can receive a full refund
from your first three choices and then
universities in the country right here:
the state will find a place for you at one
University of Central Florida (@60,000),
tuition/fees and dorm (if you have also
University of Florida (@50,000), Florida
signed up for that plan). Meaning, if
you happened to pay $3k per year a
Generally speaking, I do not know
decade ago, now you can get
many students who legitimately had
Florida State University (@45,000) and
of the other nine remaining campuses.
July 5th, 7:00 pm, Live webinar Click to register!
@$6700/year in return to use at a
the grades and test scores but were
not admitted to their top three picks.
college. So you do not lose any of your
The state will find space for you at one
differently in our admissions process
money by going elsewhere. If you
of the under-enrolled campuses in the
than they do in other places. So I
were lucky enough to also purchase
system, usually out in Pensacola or up
would like to take a moment to point
the housing option, then that is a good
in Jacksonville as these are a couple of
out a few related topics that people
chunk to put toward another college.
the lesser in demand options.
University of South Florida(@40,000). As
might not understand fully.
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3) Early Decision – Pretty much the
expect that you will automatically be
semester statistics are reported. There
whole world thinks that they are at an
admitted into University of Florida – it
advantage if they apply to college
just does not work that way. There are
attending college in Florida, and I will
through the Early Decision (ED) option.
28 public, two-year community/state
continue with the next five popular
However, what they do not realize is
campuses that are feeding into the 12
misconceptions in next month’s issue.
that they are now putting themselves
public, four-year universities. There
Later in the Fall, I will begin to discuss
up against (in comparison) the top
are simply not enough spots for
the specific statutes that are written
applicants to that school. If they are all
everyone who wants to go to UF or
into law here that greatly affect how
in the same review pile of applications,
FSU. You have to remember that each
year there is still a new high school
are administered. As always, please
treatment? In the state of Florida, the
graduating class that will take up the
feel free to contact me directly with
only college that even has ED as a
majority of the spots that Fall.
any questions that you may have
University of Miami. University of Florida’s deadline of November 1st is not ED, they just need that much time to review so many applicants before they announce their acceptances in February. Florida State University’s deadline of October 15th is also not ED, it is just their preferred date as they also have just as many forms to review by committee. 4) The 2+ 2 Program – This is where a student attends the first two years of college at a community/state campus and then transfers into a public, fouryear university. You must earn the actual associate degree and then a block of 60 credits lateral to the school offering the bachelor’s degree. The law says that you must be admitted to one of the 12 public campuses but it does not say that the applicant gets to specify which one it is. In other words, you cannot graduate high school with a 2.2 GPA, earn an associate and then
"There is an overabundance of applicants who wish to remain in the state of Florida to take advantage of the instate tuition rate... So things work quite differently in our admissions process than they do in other places." 5) Summer Applications – There is a
about your college admissions process
– whether they be related to public,
admission to a summer term will make
it easier to be admitted. The confusion
schools. I am open to accepting calls
is that this is true for some campuses
from anyone across the state or
and not for all. UF, for example, reads
elsewhere. Thank you for your interest
all the applications for both Fall and
and good luck in your search for the
Summer terms at the same time
right academic program and setting for
without putting any consideration to
your particular style of learning.
which term the prospective student has chosen. So there is no advantage in this instance. However, if you are applying to FIU, there is an average drop of 0.3 between the two GPA’s admitted and another noticeable drop between the average test scores accepted. This is due to the lower demand for the summer term and some gray areas in the way that non- By Scott Daigle, College Consultant at Premier College Advisers
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EDUCATION A Trip to Success: One Florida Graduate Who Beat the Odds
My name is Nury Castillo Crawford,
becoming a published author with the
five into their home. Our stay there was
and I was born and raised in Peru,
release of my first book: "3,585 Miles to
South America for the first ten years of
be an American Girl".
immediately, I could sense the tension
my life. I'm what most people would
between the adults. My aunt made
consider in the mid-life stage of my life
That seems like a lot, huh? Well,
notable efforts to ensure my sister and
believe it or not, it wasn't that easy to
I could see she was not thrilled about
categorize me as "old"- I'm okay with
get where I am today. As I mentioned,
us being in their home.
that). I am the mother of three sons,
my family and I migrated to the United
the youngest a current graduating
States from Peru with no grasp of the
About four years later, my family
senior is headed to a university in
English language. My family, including
moved to Tallahassee, Florida, where I
my father, mother, myself, my eight-
was enrolled and graduated from
computer programming degree. I have
year-old sister and my three-month-
been a life-long educator for over 20
old baby brother, all arrived in Indiana
different than the school culture in
years and have held positions as a
where we stayed with my mom's
Indiana, but I managed to make
family in a bedroom for a year.
progress and maintain an acceptable
GPA. Most of my teachers seemingly
did not care if anyone showed up to
Publishing to my resume in addition to
commitment by my aunt and uncle to
The culture was
class, but I connected with my
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Florida House Bill 851, 1009.26 allows post-secondary schools to allow instate tuition for undocumented students who attended and graduated from a Florida high school for at least 3 years. Undocumented students are not eligible for financial aid, but can seek financial aid in forms of private, non-government scholarships. Florida ranks 5th with 27,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) residents. There are 690,000 DACA recipients. Miami/ Fort Lauderdale ranks 11th in largest concentration areas with 11,400. Top five countries of origin for DACA recipents; Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Hondruas, and Peru. Data from Miami Herald language
semester, I qualified for the financial
midst of the constant discussion about
support and by the time I graduated I
immigrants in the news. First, I started
had received several scholarships and
1010 Publishing, which was born out of
Research notes that it takes about six
kept my Pell Grant.
my desire to help others in the process
years to master a second language but
throughout my entire school years I
College life is a bit different than high
transformed into a published project.
never received remedial support or
school life, for starters you’re left up to
Then, I released my first book: "3,585
ESOL support. Since becoming an
you to be your own advocate. If you’re
Miles to be an American Girl", which
educator, I now see how unfair this was
not outspoken, college independence
was heavily influenced by my real
to me. My senior year, I realized many
can push you to finding that inner
experiences moving to America.
students were talking about college. I
power to find the resources and
hadn't thought of it and although my
support you need to be successful.
It is a bilingual children's story inspired
parents were very supportive, it was
Those who don’t find that voice within
by my own journey to the USA. An
not a true priority. They were in survival
them are likely to prolong challenges
inspiring story of an immigrant girl who
mode. So, I made an appointment with
and even commit to failure. I taught for
encounters challenges but succeeds
the school guidance counselor myself.
one year and decided to go back for
with the support of her family and
The meeting lasted less than five
my Masters Degree. Everyone told me
teacher. A wonderful resource that
minutes, and he plainly told me
there was no financial support for grad
supports the emotional intelligence
college was difficult and that I should
school, but you guessed it, this did not
standards of empathy, caring, and
become a secretary.
stop me. I walked up and down that
university until someone told me I
I already had it in my head that I would
could receive a fellowship (just so
go to college, so I made it a point to go
you know a month before they had
out and look for myself.
also told me there were no funds
I was in
Tallahassee, so I drove to the two major
to support me).
registration paperwork. One was very
As I began grad school I was already a
married woman and had a baby boy. I
Florida A&M University, so in my mind I
taught while attending gradate school
immediately chose it. At this point, I
to support me. As I began grad school
being a full time wife / mom. About a
Grant support, so I worked all summer
year ago, the passing of my mom
to earn enough money to pay for my
inspired me to share my story in the
first semester. By the second
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By Nury Castillo Crawford, School Principal and Author of 3,585 Miles to be an American Girl
FEATURED College Visit Checklist Formal Informal
Other options to find out more about a
COLLEGE FAIRS College fairs are another great way to
It is extremely important that you visit
get the flair for a college. You are able
interested. While some schools may
look great on paper, they may not
school. College fairs remind me of
meet your expectations or simply "not
"speed dating" you are able to talk to
feel right." I have seen too many
multiple different colleges all in one
students who accept a spot, only to
stop. I had a student who attended the
Admission Counseling (NACAC) that
expected. When I ask, "Did you visit?",
most readily admit they did not.
Jacksonville and Fort Lauderdale . She
There are two types of college visits:
visited a school that did not have a line
UnMazed Tips # Create a separate email account just for college related materials that both the student and parent have access to.
# Store your usernames and pass ords in one place.
and found a connection at an out-ofFORMAL
state college. They flew her out for a
With a formal visit, you contact the
visit for free and she received a full-
school, take the tour and are told
ride scholarship. Tip: Still go in with a
about their programs. This may include
list of questions, but attend colleges
a lunch in the cafeteria, a look into
that are not on your "formal" and
dorm life, and maybe even sitting in on
"informal" list. This is a time to explore
a class. These tours are important and
schools you would not normally know
should be done. Ask a lot of questions
to really learn about their school and if it is the right fit for you. (See below for
what to ask!)
School visits happen when admission representatives come to your school
one-on-one. These are some of my
Informal tours are just as important.
favorite conversations, and allows you
This is when you get off the beaten
to get to know the school more
path and go around yourself. At this
personally and ask questions. Typically
time you should check out what
the college's admission representative
surrounds the campus (do you feel
is designated to your county, which
safe, where is the local bank/grocery
means they know your school and
store, do you need a car, etc.). They
programs available to you. They are
can also provide an opportunity to talk
application and are your contact if
encounter on a formal visit. Remember
questions arise. This is a great person
your questions then as well!
to get to know.
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# Practice email etiquette before sending anything to colleges.
# Do not be afraid to ask questions; however, make sure it is not already listed on their website.
C o l l e g e
ACADEMICS —How much time do students typically spend on homework? —How much writing and reading are expected?
—What is the average class size of introductory classes? —How widely used are teaching assistants on your campus? —What is the average class size of upper-division courses? ACADEMIC PERKS
—What opportunities are there for undergraduate research? —How many students participate in undergraduate research? —Is there a culminating senior year experience? —Do you have an honors college? —Do you have a learning community or other freshman experience?
TYPE OF VISIT:
FINANCIAL AID —What is your average financial aid package? —What is the typical breakdown of loans versus grants?
V i s i t C h e c k l i s t
—What percentage of financial need does the school typically meet? —What is the average merit award?
DATE OF VISIT:
—What percentage of students receive college grants? —What is the average college debt that students leave with? —What work-study opportunities are there? GRADUATION TRACK RECORD —What is your four-year graduation rate? —What is your five-year graduation rate?
NAME & CONTACT INFORMATION OF OUR ADMISSION REPRESENTATIVE:
—What does it take to graduate in four years? —What percentage of freshmen return for sophomore year? ACADEMIC SUPPORT —What type of tutoring program do you have? —How do you provide academic advice to students? —Do you have a writing center and how do I access it? —What kind of learning disability resources do you have? OUTSIDE OPPORTUNITIES —How many students at the college get internships?
Choose a number system to keep track of how much you like the answers to the questions below (for instance, 1-5, 1=doesn’t work at all to 5=perfect for me).
—What percentage of students study abroad?
Total the numbers at the bottom to compare
—What type of career services do you have?
STUDENT LIFE —What kind of dorm choices are there? —What percentage of students live on campus? —How long are dorm accommodations guaranteed? —How many students live on campus? —Do most students go home on the weekend? —What percentage of the study body belongs to a sorority or fraternity? —What activities are offered to students? —What clubs do you have on campus?
Form can be downloaded for free at: www.unmaze.me- or click on the icon.
FEATURED Steps to Smart College Selection
igh school seniors all over the
assessment to determine the career
you have to know what these schools
country are beginning their decisions
path(s) that suits who they are. Also,
are prepared to offer you and what
on which university to attend. For
have your student go on job shadows
they are going to take from you. Your
some, it will be where they spend the
and career interest interviews so that
next four years of their lives obtaining a
they have a real world idea of the
include evaluation of the percentage
actual jobs they are considering. Once
of students that graduate in four years
opportunities to work in a field or
this is done, search for schools with
and the amount of free need and
occupation that they love. For far too
academic strengths in the area that
merit-based aid they are likely to
many, this choice will be where they
your child is interested. Be sure the
provide your family. You need to know
spend the next year realizing that it
institution has a history of graduating
before you select the school how
was the wrong institution for them and
students in four years.
much it is going to cost you.
will find themselves starting over the following year. For others, it will be
In the end you should evaluate dozens
where they spend five or six years
of schools regardless of the sticker
obtaining a four year degree only to
price. A closed mind will cost you
realize they don't truly like the career
money. By applying this process to
path they are heading down. It doesn't
each school, you will be able to narrow
have to be this way.
your choices down to five or six Step two is the "Heart." You are going
possibilities. Return your applications
One university. One major. Four years.
to spend a huge amount of money on
to all five or six schools and then allow
Those should be the goals for every
all offers to come in before making any
family sending their kids off to college.
shouldn't they love it? Actually they
Failure to achieve these will cost you
have to love it! Before selection, they
significantly more money to educate
need to experience and be excited
your child. A simple three-step process
about the classrooms, the campus, the
will greatly increase your likelihood of
dorms, the football team or whatever it
is that is important to them. Get them
on the campuses and experience what life would be like before you start paying for it. This cannot be duplicated by perusing a brochure or searching the internet. There is no substitution for the real thing.
By: Bud Jenkins, Owner of Floridian College Planning Resources, LLC
Step one is the "Head."This is a logical approach to selection of a college and a major. Before selecting a major, have your child complete a career
Step three is the "Hand." Financially
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PARENTING Building Credit: A Quick Guide for Teens
oo often, young adults face a
how credit scores work, let alone
loans? Your payment history is used to
rude awakening as they enter
teenagers. However, credit isn’t as
predict future payments. If you were
into their late teens and early 20s.
mysterious as some make it out to be.
late in the past, will you be late going
Suddenly they are out on their own,
looking to secure their first credit card,
To start, there are three leading credit
private student loan, or car financing,
bureaus in the United States including
Credit Utilization (30%): If you have a
only to discover that they have no
Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion that
credit card with a $5,000 limit, are you
credit history on file with any of the
will determine your credit score. They
using all $5,000? Even if you have
major credit bureaus.
each use five different factors, all
access to thousands of dollars of
weighted differently, to determine your
potential credit, the percentage of that
It's a shock to find out that, even
final score which can range from 300
though you’ve never defaulted on any
(the worst) to 850 (the best).
influences your credit score. Try to
debt or bills, you aren’t able to secure
keep your credit utilization below 30
some of the most basic types of credit.
The items below are listed from
percent to make sure your utilization
To avoid this, teens and their parents
greatest to least influence over credit
helps your score and doesn’t hurt it.
should start thinking about building
credit well before the young adult’s
Credit History (15%): One of the main
Payment History (35%): Do you have a
reasons why parents should help their
history of making on-time and full
teens secure credit early is because
How Credit Works
Truth be told, adults barely understand
including. utilities, cell phones, and
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does influence a credit score. While
decades of history isn’t necessary, the
age limits. Bank of America, Chase, and
consuming to review monthly bills, but
earlier you get started, the better.
you never know what errors you could
Before setting up your teen as an
find. Did a restaurant overcharge your
Credit Mix (10%): Having a reasonable
authorized user, speak with the issuer
credit card? Did your phone company
mix of different types of credit plays a
to confirm they report (at the very
miss one of your payments? Reviewing
small but important role in your score.
bills can save you money and save
Having two to three different types of
authorized users to a credit reporting
your credit score over the long run.
credit, including student loans, credit
agency. This will help to build the basis
cards, and more, will help.
of a credit history for your teen.
Another easy mistake to make when
you are trying to build credit is to sign
New Credit (10%): Each time you apply
Another option for teens who have
up for absolutely every offer that
for or open a new line of credit, a
moved out from their parent's house is
comes your way. Just because part of
lender may perform a hard credit pull
your credit score is based on a credit
which will reduce your score slightly.
organizations that report on-time rental
mix, doesn’t mean you should go crazy
Over time the effect dissolves, but if
payments to a credit reporting agency.
accepting every credit option put in
you have new credit on your history,
Until recently, credit scores were
front of you. Only apply for what you
this will slightly decrease your overall
unaffected by on-time rent payments.
truly need and can manage.
organizations now developing ways for
Why Credit Is Important
renters to make their monthly rent
The idea of building a credit score can
Credit is how lenders, banks, and -
be overwhelming for teens with little
even in some cases - landlords,
personal finance knowledge. Though it
determine if you are likely to default on
Credit Mistakes/Traps to Avoid
your financial obligation. If you have a
An easy mistake for first-time credit
complicated. Know the details of your
history of late payments on your credit
holders is to get in over their heads.
credit cards and loans and make sure
card, will you also continue to make
After all, if you’ve never had a credit
to understand how they affect your
late payments on your student loan?
card before, it's easy to spend much
credit score before you take them out.
more than you can pay off each month.
Spend smartly with your credit and
Your credit score is a picture of your
Make sure to keep track of how much
don’t bite off more than you can chew.
you have spent on your credit card and
If you can do these things – along with
lender’s decision to offer you credit
never spend more than you can pay
understanding how credit generally
and the appropriate terms for the
off before your due date.
works – then you will be well on your
credit. The lower risk they deem you to
way to building that perfect score of
be, the better interest rates you may
Also, be wary of any credit card offers
qualify for. If the banks assess you as
that seem too good to be true.
too risky, it will be challenging to
Whether that be an amazing bonus
source any credit at all.
offer, a super low interest rate (below
15% or so), or something else, chances
How Teens Can Start Building Credit
are they are looking to prey on newbie
Even for teens who still live at home
credit holders and may have some
and are financially dependent on their
hidden fees or fine print that will cost
parents, there are ways to develop
you in the long run.
credit history early on.
Another mistake is to avoid looking at
For example, some credit cards allow
for secondary authorized users, with
bills before paying them. Yes, it’s time
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By: David Rathmanner, VP of Content at LendEdu
Florida ranks 45th in nation for student debt. Florida students owe an average of $24,261. Florida ranks 2nd cheapest for in-state tuition and fees.
Data from Sun Sentinel
Mindfulness for Healthier, Happier Kids and Families What is mindfulness? I think of it as
The action we choose as a result of our level of awareness in the present moment . Having present moment awareness allows us to create and experience
peaceful and focused mental state and a general sense of well-being. It helps us
ourselves, our loved ones and our environment. Mindfulness nurtures our relationship
emotions, our thoughts and assists us to communicate more honestly and effectively. Mindfulness teaches kids and young adults to be aware of their environment, their own thoughts and their
foundation of support and trust. Children today are experiencing life differently than we are as adults. They are experiencing life differently than we did at their age. It helps us and them to understand this and to remain present and aware rather than be distracted by past or future events. Today in the United States alone one in three kids between the ages of 10-17 are; overweight or obese, have been bullied or bullied someone else, have experienced at least one episode of severe depression or, have recently used drugs or alcohol.
Kids are under tremendous pressure
Mindfulness is a practice, meaning we
academically and socially. They are
concerned about their own safety in
mistakes. And that’s okay. Old habits
school. Parents want their children to
are sometimes difficult to break and
be happy, healthy, confident people.
new ones take some time to form. Be
The best way to guide them is to be an
gentle with yourself. Having self-
example of these qualities.
awareness to be present and choose
our actions in each moment gradually
Listed on the other page are four ways
removes us from a victim mentality
you can begin to cultivate mindfulness
where things happen to us and into a
within yourself. Just remember, your
place of empowerment where we are
authenticity is vital. If you simply go
creating our experiences through our
own intention and behavior. We all
expectation of a certain outcome, the
have this power, we all have this
point is lost. Really make the effort for
choice. It’s up to us to make sure our
yourself first. Taking care of you is the
kids know this too.
most selfless thing you can do for your
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4 Ways to Cultivate Mindfulness 1. Choose healthy foods and take time to enjoy your food. Pay attention to flavors, textures, smells. Offer gratitude for your food, to the earth and your food source, to the farmers who grow and harvest it, to the truck drivers who haul it to the stores and markets, and to the store workers. Bring awareness to the process and energy offered that enables you to enjoy the food on your table. This teaches children to appreciate what they have and the efforts of others. 2. Get outside, put your bare feet on the Earth. Connect with nature. Notice wildlife, flowers, trees, the sky and the air. Even if it’s only for a few minutes each day, whether you sit in still contemplation, meditate or go for a walk; this practice will help clear your thoughts, reduce stress and energize you. 3. Be conscious of your words. The energy of the words you choose affects you more than you may realize. And your words have incredible power to affect your children. Even with good intention, a word like should, for example, can have a negative impact. Do your best to avoid telling yourself and others, including your children, what they should do, should wear, should think, should feel or should be. Rather than telling your kids how NOT to behave, try affirming and being an example of what kind, loving and appropriate behavior looks like. 4. Practice non-judgement. Practicing kindness, empathy, compassion and love toward yourself and others guides children to do the same. This teaches children the value of all people, themselves included. Understand that we are all on our own journey of learning and growth in life and we are all better off when we are kind to ourselves and when we support and lift each other up, despite our differences.
1 in 3 kids are overweight or obese, have been bullied, have experienced depression, or recently used drugs or alcohol.
By Donna Marsh, Founder of Wellness Starts Within
FEATURED Diversity Fly-In Program Explained What is a Fly-In Program? Many colleges will offer programs that
visitation weekends! It’s a great
subsidize travel for students who are
opportunity to connect with students
who are seriously considering applying
campuses due to financial constraints.
to the institution and potentially meet
Students who apply and are accepted
your future classmates.
participate in a visiting weekend on the
When visiting a college campus, you
college campus at little to no cost.
Most schools will open up these
Raise.Me Colleges with Fly-In Option Emory University
underrepresented groups to glimpse
1. Can you see yourself here? Do you
life on their campuses while hopefully
University of Denver
feel comfortable or challenged in this
removing cost as a barrier to access.
Gustavus Adolphus College
University of St. Thomas (MN)
The bottom line: if you are interesting
Missouri University of Science &
in visiting a college campus but can’t
2. Where do students live? Do most
afford the travel costs to get there,
stay on campus? If not, where do most
University of Evansville
don’t rule it out – you may be eligible
for the fly-in reimbursement!
far away is it from class buildings?
Kenyon College Oberlin College
Why Apply for a Fly-in Program?
3. What would your life look like
Carnegie Mellon University
Making a trip to a college campus is
outside of classes? What surrounds
Franklin & Marshall College
one of the best ways to determine if
Whitman College Lehigh Unversity
you want to apply to a school. You’ll be able to picture what your life could look like as a student and learn the ins special
campus through a fly-in program is that you experience college life with other peers accepted into the program. Due
prepared for you and the cohort of students
industries and could you see yourself
and outs of student life. The
4. What are the characteristics of this
perspective of the college—even more so than visiting during standard college
Rennsselaer Polytechnic Institute Colby College College of the Atlantic
getting a job here? 5. What do students do for fun? What are the major clubs and organizations? 6. What makes this school unique? 7. What aspects of the college do they pride themselves on, and do they align with your interests? By Thea Lee for Raise.Me Link to article For more on micro-scholarships visit Raise.Me.
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Media, Technology & MENTAL HEALTH We all recognize the longstanding
having access to our devices. Having
become like a stranger in your home.
internet and free WiFi have seemingly
Our children are exposed to these
children and teens. Does the content
become a basic need for Americans.
various forms of media for much
This allows us to always be connected
longer periods of time than ever
behaviors? Or are we immune the any
by posting moments of our lives online
before. Broadcasting companies no
negative effect media may possible
in real time. The concept of instant
longer produce public interest media
have over us?
gratification starts to spill over into
content. Rather, content material is
Maybe the question is not so much
other areas of our thinking. In terms of
precisely chosen to increase ratings
what are we gaining from engaging in
our mental health, there is no quick
and shareholder earnings. It can be
various forms of media, but what are
fix. We have to consciously repel our
we losing? What have our phones,
urges to fix the problem and focus on
tragedies and exploiting the latest
televisions, commercials, dare I say
scandal is what currently gets our
process in order to achieve mental
attention and drives up the ratings. The
constant replay of negative headlines
Patience and Solitude
and consumerism starts to incite the
There is no doubt using Google to fact
Amplification of Negativity
same mindset in us and in our children.
check has been a savior in desperate
In The Other Parent by James P.
times. However, we sometimes see
Streyer, he writes that over the past
Quality Time Together
ourselves easily frustrated without
sixty years media has calculatedly
Television programs were originally
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Positive Impact on Teens & Technology A 2009 PEW Internet Survey found that owning a cell phone & participating in a variety of Internet activities likely makes people cultivate more diverse social networks.
PEW's Amanda Lenhart found that kids who text more often are more likely to spend time with friends in person.
Additionally, an Oxford Internet Institute study that examined 200 teens over the span of three years found that subjects gained new communication skills through tech use.
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Negative Impact on Teens & Technology
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Eighth-graders who are heavy users of social media increase their risk of depression by 27 percent, while those who play sports, go to religious services, or even do homework more than the average teen cut their risk significantly.
A 2004 study found that for each hour spent watching TV or playing video games, a child's obesity risk doubles.
A study found that larger amounts of time spent on social media lowers girls' self-esteem and body images. developed to bring families together.
increase mental wellness. There are so
Of course, some shows and media
many ways to be mindful and the
Social media has in fact brought
continue to bring families together. At
benefits are endless. The key feature
the same time, parents must be
of acquiring mindfulness is to get back
to the basics of life. To bring your
together and excessive use of media
thoughts to each of your senses as
and technology in replace of authentic
with grounding exercises. Or another is
accessible to anyone at anytime. Our
human interaction. Quality time talking,
to focus on one deep breath. When we
advancements are truly incredible.
find time in our busy schedules to
teaching, and modeling body language
open a window, take a walk outside,
However, as with most things, balance
enjoy this beautiful Florida weather we
and self-awareness are key. So if any
development. We must talk and learn
become open to appreciating each
of the above applies to you or your
to communicate with each other in our
family, what is one simple thing you
own homes so that our kids will have
can agree to do differently today?
In 2018, media and technology are
communicators outside of the home.
pretty much mainstream and here to
No matter how convenient social
stay. Realistically, we will probably not
media or computer-based software
all of a sudden throw away all of our
may be, we cannot forget the vitality
electronics, quit our jobs, and relocate
of quality time together.
our families to live in nature in peace
and solitude. In fact, we have so many
Mindfulness and Nature
things to be grateful for with the
Many therapeutic modalities teach
mindfulness as a way to restore
technology. Adaptive technology have
positivity, regulate emotions, and
allowed individuals with disabilities
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distances. platforms shared
By Courtney Faunce, MA, Lifescape Counseling
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ASK THE EXPERT "I am starting to really panic about senior year and college admissions! What should I do?" Senior year of high school has a lot of
represents the task of completing
In December, January and February
moving pieces. As a student prepares
admission decisions start to come
for a life after high school there is a lot
students are going to get into some
back and students are getting a good
to do, especially if that student intends
of the colleges they apply to and be
answer as to which doors will be
to go to college. If you look at these
denied admission to others. They’re
open to them. Then, hopefully in
things as a one giant to do list, I fear it
just figuring out what their options
March and April, maybe earlier, it’s
time to move your feet and decide
which door to walk through. I hope
when you consider that the end result of it, leaving the nest, can present a lot
The FAFSA opens in October and
that by then, seniors have had a little
of anxiety. However, if you break these
students would be wise to get their
more time to process the emotions
tasks down and understand the timing
admissions applications out of the
that come at the precipice of heading
of them, they are in fact manageable
way as early as they can in order to
off into the big, wide world. Now,
and that can alleviate a lot of the
focus on this step. Parents will
anxiety young people feel as they
need to step in and help with this.
approach graduation. The
about roommates and new
friends, their own dorm or
apartment, a new city, the college lifestyle, etc. I think
that should happen in the of
most seniors are just at a
different place emotionally in
the preparation for adult life
at the beginning of the year
that says, Whoa, this is it. time
summer rolls around. So, I like to ease those concerns with a visualization. Imagine you are a hallway with a whole bunch of doors. Some of those doors are locked, but some will open
Your Key to College
My life is going to be really next
them pump the breaks on
handle. It’s a slap in the face
seniors, this is a lot to
They can start to get excited
This is generally something months
legitimate options for them.
campuses are going to be
beginning of senior year is to
Of course, once the college decision is made there is still work to do. Students and families need to make sure financial aid is in order, secure
for orientation, etc.At least
In the fall of senior year, all you are
Remember, just because a school
doing is reaching your hand out and
through the door of their choosing
testing door knobs to see which
obligated to accept them. Students
and are ready for what’s on the
doors are locked and which will
open. Your feet don’t move in this
themselves to feel the emotional
burden of student debt before they
choosing which door to walk through
even have which campus they are
yet. Relax. This visualization
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By Rob Hicks, Founder of Guidey.Blogspot.Com & School Counselor
Ways to Respond to Bullying Tell Someone
Bullying is an epidemic that is not only occurring in schools, but also online and even in the work place. Whether it is physical, emotional, or even cyber bullying, bullying is a serious pitfall for many, and the way in which we respond is crucial for our well-being.
While we cannot necessarily put an end
To Respond to Bullying
advantage of what we can do and make ourselves a priority. If you have
experienced bullying, you are not alone and there are people here to help! Try taking these steps to improve
the situation. DISENGAGE: Bullies are looking for a reaction from you. Do not retaliate and do not give them the response they
seek. This will only add to the fire and make the situation worse. Keep this in mind before responding.
Understand It Isn't You
Tone of Voice
UNDERSTAND IT ISN’T YOU: When someone intentionally does something to try and hurt you, understand that
1. Words You need to stand up for
message. Do not engage in violence
they are actually hurting inside. They
yourself and say no. It is okay and
and try to remain calm no matter how
are struggling, and therefore, they are
necessary. Approach the situation or
angry you may feel. It may even help
antagonizing you to make themselves
bully in a confident and respectful
to have a mantra that you repeat in
feel better. If someone is bullying you,
manner and in a non-aggressive way.
your head such as
understand that there is nothing wrong
with you! They are acting out based on
how they feel internally.
tolerated! Despite how you may feel
2. Body Language When it comes to
you’ve got this.
on the inside, they need to know that
responding in an assertive way to a
BE ASSERTIVE: Being assertive is
you will no longer be treated poorly.
bully, you want to make sure that they
broken down into three parts:
Sometimes it can be difficult to say no,
but begin practicing and it can help
through your body language. Bullies
2. Body Language
you to become more comfortable.
will pick on people who they think will
3. Tone of Voice
Keep saying no until the bully gets the
not stand up for themselves, which is
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E press Yourself
Bullying Resources to Help: Stopbullying.gov StopBullyingNow.com TeensAgainstBullying StompOutBullying.org The Trevor Project- LGBTQ Youth Teaching Tolerance GLSEN- Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network
TELL A FRIEND, LOVED ONE OR
2. Reach Out Connect with friends, get
SOMEONE YOU TRUST: Don’t keep
involved in hobbies you love and do
this a secret. Let someone know what
things that make you feel good!
is going on and ask for support. That
person may not only be able to
doing what boosts your self-esteem.
comfort you, but also assist you in
Go for a run, spend time with family,
taking the next step.
take your dog for a walk, read a book,
get your nails done and do whatever RESPOND INTERNALLY: Learning how
makes YOU happy. Surround yourself
why the way you present yourself is
to respond to bullying internally will
with people who bring out the best in
crucial. Here is how you will do it (even
not only help you to respond to the
you. Take care of yourself. No one
if you don’t feel it). • Stand up straight •
physical bully, but it will help you to
deserves to be bullied, and victims of
Keep your head held high • Shoulders
cope and grow from the situation. Here
bullying must remember that they are
back • Take a few deep breaths • Look
are a couple of ways to respond
not alone! Practicing these methods
them straight in the eye and hold that
mentioned above can help you to gain
confidence in yourself, learn better 1. Express Yourself Bullying can be
3. Tone of Voice While words and
painful and many people who are
relationships and a better future!
victims end up engaging in self-
important when responding to a bully,
sabotage. You need to prevent this and
If you or anyone you know is being
so is your delivery and tone of voice.
remind yourself that you do not
bullied, don’t forget to report it. Talk to
You want to deliver your message in a
deserve that. Grab a notebook and use
someone you trust and take action! We
calm, strong and confident voice. Try
it to journal. You can even use an
are in this together.
not to speak too quickly. Speak slow
and steady, and don’t let the reaction
document. Writing down your feelings
of a bully get in your way. Take action
can have such a positive effect on your
and do what makes you smile, it helps
mind. It can give you a safe and private
Follow my journey on Facebook:
you to gain confidence and, therefore,
place to record your feelings and what
better understand your self worth!
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PARENTING What You Don't Hear on a College Tour
A simple assumption to get started.
received the tools needed to live a
They know that primarily if someone
Few, if any, students would enroll at a
more enriched life. But colleges don’t
doesn’t buy from them again that their
like to talk about the drop out rate.
product or service isn’t good enough.
opportunity for them to earn a degree
For students who don’t graduate,
Colleges too often blame the student
as an outcome of their education. Yet
going to college can be a waste of
for failing to achieve the desired goal.
time and money, even more so than
Students would never enroll if the
decades, fewer than half of students
not going at all.
college didn’t offer degrees.
many, many students leave without
Now to be sure, many students who
having accomplished what they came
percentage varies greatly from school
don’t graduate from an institution will
after. With so many choices, students
to school. It is important that students
actually transfer and earn a degree
above all need to identify those
learn which schools do best at creating
elsewhere. The goal, however, should
schools that understand they share in
an environment where a well-intended
be to make the right decision the first
the responsibility to make their product
student can thrive and graduate.
time as to where success can be
and service better.
achieved. The investment in time and
University officials proudly report that
money made if a student fails to
A prepared, motivated student will be
graduate just isn’t worth it. Businesses
successful anywhere. Colleges take
money than high school graduates do,
credit for the achievements of those
and that college graduates have
closely than higher education does.
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students even though they likely had
SUS RETENTION RATES
FCS RETENTION RATES
SUS GRADUATION RATES
61% Statistics from: FCS and SUS
Nationally, 1 in 3 first-year students do not return for sophomore year. Retention Rates are calculated by students who return to a post-secondary institution for a second year. This is an important indicator of student success. While every college will have some attrition, the retention rate traditionally indicates the more likely students find the college a good fit for them and are being successful. Graduation Rates are important indicators of student trajectory. The longer it takes for a student to graduate, the more loans they accrue and the less time they are in the workforce. Florida is working towards students graduating within four years, even making laws where tuition doubles after 4 years and a 132 credits.
little to do with that success. Many
persist to graduation provide ongoing
colleges, however, are reluctant to
revenue and also deliver powerful
share the blame for students’ failures.
testimonials to future students about
the value and benefit of the school
The key to good decision-making in
they are attending.
selecting a college is to search for one
There is always a risk that students will
student success its priority.
not succeed, and they need to do their
approach will lead to a true win-win
part by taking their college careers
But with so many good
choices out there for places to study,
students are best served if they pay
Such emphasis on facilitating student
attention to schools that understand
success is a good business practice for
they have a responsibility also to
a college. It makes sense to bring
students to do everything they can to
make their product the best it can be.
Airlines reward frequent
flyers. Colleges should equally value
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Join Scott Daigle, College Consultant at Premier College Advisors, and Dr. Amanda Sterk for 5 Misconceptions of Attending College in Florida. Scott has extensive experience helping families navigate through the college system here in Florida and out-of-state.
July 12th Join Joseph Madigan, Associate Director of Admission at Florida Southern College, and Dr. Amanda Sterk for Your Guide to Finding your College Fit. Joseph is passionate about students finding their right college 'fit"and explains exactly what parents and students should be looking for in choosing a college.
July 19th Join Sydney Nanberg, Founder of "I am Standing Up to Bullying" campaign to bring awareness of the impact of bullying today, for 5 Ways to Respond to Bullying.
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Why Students are Not Successful @ College Homesickness
Lack of college fit
Poor academic habits
Not getting involved beyond the classroom
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Ways to Utilize Your School Counselor
Make the college process easier STRATEGY #1
School counselors have a wealth of resources to help students through the college process; brochures, workbooks, college information, etc. This information can greatly streamline the college process and make it less confusing and overwhelming.
Many organizations email school counselors about scholarship opportunities locally, throughout the state and nationally. Counselors can help you organize all the needed documents to be able to apply for scholarships.
College Visits & Fairs
2/3 of colleges place considerable importance on counselor and teacher recommendations in making college decisions.
Admission representatives visit high schools throughout the state wanting to speak directly to high school students.
Recommendations can help explain family background, special circumstance, and specific student attributes.
Counselors are key in organizing these important events and can inform parents and students when they are happening.
HEALTH Power of Positive Affirmations
Let’s face it. Today our children are
You are too ugly to win the beauty
affirmations. Positive affirmations can
dependent on how others think. They
be written on a post-it notes and
may even create their own thoughts
You are too fat to run the mile.
placed in a spot that is visible to our children every morning so that they
around something that was said to them, whether it was good or bad.
These limiting beliefs are brainwashing
can be read every day. When they are
Often times, these negative thoughts
our children into thinking they are not
read every day our brain starts to
lead to our children having limiting
good enough, or that they cannot have
believe the positive affirmation.
what they want.
children may let the negative beliefs
linger in their mind before they bury
children surround themselves with do
the beliefs deep inside. We may not
Money flows to me in unexpected
not know that they are projecting these
realize it, but slowly these beliefs are
limiting beliefs onto them.
destroying their lives by doing this.
I am going to be a successful athlete.
I am going to get into a top-rated
Now is the time to start teaching our
teachers, family members, and other
children that they are good enough
I am an awesome friend, who is honest
people who cross their paths.
and that they deserve to have what
they want. Now is the time to teach
I am beautiful inside and out and I will
Our children have heard at least five
our children they do not have to limit
win the beauty contest.
themselves to what people tell them.
I can successfully run a mile with time
turned five, and the list continues to
grow as they get older. Just to give
All our children have to do is …
you an idea, some limiting beliefs may
Money does not grow on trees.
We can help our children believe that
You will never be an athlete.
they are good enough and that they
You will never get into that college.
deserve to have what they want in life.
You cannot be a good friend until you
In order to get our children to believe,
do this for me.
they can start by practicing positive
For a while our
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