Former Board member and Adoptive parent Mark Maas will be giving a presentation for High School Students and their Parents to share knowledge about the U.S. college application process (details below).
Thursday March 30th, 8pm Eastern Time, via Zoom
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Mark Maas is the owner/founder of First Foot Forward.
We talk about:
Financial Aid - that there are over 60 schools that are now need blind, and most students don't know of them. Once admitted, these schools have varying degrees of 'obligation' to find the money to ‘give’, meaning students graduate loan free. Yes, these schools are tough to get in to, but all students have that opportunity!
Fit - taking the measure of a place - from course offerings, to athletics for all, to diversity on campus including course offerings and faculty. Where will you be most comfortable? There are over 4,000 excellent colleges and universities for students to chose from....Close to home? Large or small? Go to class in shorts?
Filter - the role of the college counselor, teacher recommendations, the interview.
We speak about PASSIONS - what gets the student's attention outside class or during class - that speaks to that student's joys and community/family involvements. The process of applying is hugely personal. Can a student feel comfortable advocating for themselves? And do they have others who can ADVOCATE for them.
We talk about visits (tour and info. session) and overnite stays including attending classes, as well as mentoring once admitted, housing, and junior year abroad (where the financial aid travels with you seamlessly). We talk about the importance of diversity and the needs of first-generation and undocumented applicants. And finally about support systems once at college, and job placement or next steps after graduation.
We talk about SAT/ACT, GPA, essays, teacher recommendations, interviews (spice for the soup) and some of the interview tips, and finally we have a q&a. We are totally volunteer (no$), and our aim is to share information.
We will not be working with your students directly except during the sessions, but rather we are a support system for you - the college/guidance counselor or CBO. We also touch on the impact of Covid on this process.