Welcome to Applying to College with Trish!
My name is Trish Portnoy and I am here to help you apply to college. Luckily, I am an expert. I have helped over 1,000 high school students go through this process, and you, too, will be totally prepared to pick the right college for you…with a little help from your friends…you parents and guidance counselor!
So, through these blog posts, I am going to go introduce you to the same exercises and tasks …so you can make the same great decisions.
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Let’s take a look at the objectives to be covered in this blog:
- Introducing the College Push iPhone App
- Enter information in My Vitals and My Profile
Recently after writing the book, College Apps: Selecting, Applying to, and Paying for the Right College for You…available from Barnes & Noble or Amazon.com from the link on my website. I realized that today’s students would appreciate and prefer having their college planning materials on their smartphones.
This thought lead me to develop the College Push iPhone app, a useful college planning tool that provides you with just enough information and organization in the palm of your hand or on your iPhone…which you most likely are looking at right NOW.
Well, just the other day, my nephew Ryan attended NACAC’s National College Fair here on Long Island. Since he’s a high school senior, his mission there was to get his registration barcode scanned by the admissions reps for the school’s on his list…which reflects the schools that he’s applying to or to which he his applying (if you appreciate proper grammar). Plus, he would have the opportunity to ask a thoughtful question about the admissions process or something specific about the college.
Ryan’s list contains about 15 schools right now…when he meets with his guidance counselor later in the month, they will trim it down to the 8 to 10 applications that he will submit.
Sidebar: We were able to come up with the 15 schools by using the results of his personality assessments to determine his career goals, which are math/science-related…either engineering or medicine with a chance of Business or Accounting.
We then took those careers and researched the related majors of engineering, bio/pre-med and business. We used Ruggs Recommendations on the Colleges to find the best colleges for these three majors…we crossed referenced, looked at location, analyzed acceptance requirements including GPA and SAT scores, added a few state school for financial safety…and that was it. Now, we are ready to rely on the expertise of the guidance counselor to fine tune the list.
So, getting back to the College Fair…Upon arriving, Ryan shoots me a text me asking if I have a copy of his list of colleges…this is where I have my opportunity to proudly remind him that he has all his schools entered as “favorites” on the College Push iPhone app, which he has right in his pocket.
Sometimes you just need to have that information with you…you never know when you’ll need it but you will soon realize how truly convenient it is to have it when you do.
To get you started with College Push, we will focus on two areas: My Vitals and My Profile.
From the main screen, you can click on My Vitals, where you will enter your high school’s name, address, and CEEB code…which is an ID number used when you register for the SATs and ACTs. You will also enter your academic information and your guidance counselor’s contact phone and email address. Finally, you can enter the scores you’ve earned on SAT and ACT exams…which will be a starting point and big help in identifying potential colleges.
Again, from the main screen, you can open My Profile. Here, you can customize the colors for College Push…should you make them match your high school’s colors or perhaps your #1 college pick? And, most importantly, you will add data which will eventually appear on a summary report that can be shared through the EXPORT function…but we’ll get to that later.
Most of the information you’ll be asked to enter is readily available, such as your name, address, contact information, etc. Other information can be entered after you’ve completed the activities in College Apps: Selecting, Applying to and Paying for the Right College for You or as you have been completing your TO DO LISTs that were assigned during the quick video tutorials in this series: Applying to College with Trish.
For instance, by using Naviance’s Family Connection, you should have completed two assessments… Career Interest Profiler which reveals your Holland Code and Do What You Are, also known as Meyers Briggs. Both of these reports help you to learn more about your natural interests and abilities. And, if you haven’t done so already, you should also take the VARK Learning Style Assessment which identifies your best learning modality by navigating to http://vark-learn.com/the-vark-questionnaire/ .
If you or your parents would like additional reading on the topic, please refer to pages 41- 45 in College Apps: Selecting Applying to, and Paying for the Right College for You which you can get at your local public library or at Amazon.com by following the link from my website.
Trish Portnoy is a YouTuber, blogger, writer, app developer and high school teacher who helps high school students and their parents research colleges, understand their options, and make choices using resources from the Internet, guidance counselors and other helpful people.
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