College Major: The Right Choice?


College Major: The Right Choice?

I've noticed teens are not paying much attention to what they choose as their college major. Yes, I understand the draw of ‘follow your passion’. I agree you don’t want to be in a job 8 hours a day that you absolutely hate. But that’s the point. You need a job. Something that actually pays some amount of money. Even if the job with your major begins at minimum wage or just above, the question to ask is, are there advancement opportunities? Can you move into management or freelance that skill and become an entrepreneur once you’ve got some time under your belt? Minimum wage isn’t usually enough by itself to pay the bills, and the last thing you want is college debt for a job you could have gotten right out of high school.

I ask this question so that you, the parent, can sit down with your teen and have a frank discussion about their goals. They don’t have to know what they want to do for the rest of their...

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Does your teen need a summer job?


Does your teen need a summer job?

The Employment Resume. It’s not quite like it used to be.

You are probably familiar with the Employment Resume. Anyone who is going to apply for a job should have an employment resume. Yes, even a high school student. I know there may not be much of anything on it, but believe me when I say, a student that shows up to apply for a job with a resume in hand has a major advantage over every other student applicant.

And the truth is, if you sit down and think about it, there could be a lot more on that resume than you initially thought (communication skills, leadership skills, community service…). All of these reveal character traits that employers and college admissions officers are looking for.

Those having been in the workforce might remember that it’s a good idea to tailor the resume to the employer. That’s still true. But you also have to consider the differences in paper applications and resumes vs online applications...

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High School vs Employment Resume (What's the Difference?)

High School vs Employment Resume

Why Does a high school student need a Resume?

Aside for the obvious reason of employment search, there’s an even better reason to have a winning high school resume!
A High School resume sets you apart from the tens of thousands of other college applicants. (The University of Michigan alone received more than 50,000 applications per year, and accepts only about 15,000.)

But how is a high school to college resume different from an employment resume?

There are similarities and differences between an employment resume and a high school to college resume.

Both have these things in common. They…

  • Contain your contact information at the top
  • List your employment history
  • Attempt to keep it to one side of one page (with a few exceptions)
  • Lists items in reverse chronological order

And that's about it.
Similarities are few. Differences are many.:

They each serve a different purpose:

The Purpose of the Employment Resume is to:

  • Match your...
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Does a high school student need a resume? In a word, YES!

Many people are aware that a high school student needs a resume for employment. But there are two different types of resumes. The high school to college resume and the employment resume. You will need one or both. This LINK tells you the difference.

For those who are homeschooled, we homeschool parents tend to think everything goes on the transcript. Not so fast!

Be careful not to put everything your high school student does on the transcript. 

Why not?

Because the purpose of the ‘transcript’ is to demonstrate the student's academic ability. Only that which is learned and graded is placed on the transcript. The purpose of the resume covers everything else: community service, activities, leadership, awards, honors, employment, ….

Parents who choose to put everything on the transcript are doing their students a disservice, including athletic activities that they want to use as PE. Here’s why this is a bad idea.:

PE in most states is a very...

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Don't stop looking for money


For the high school freshmen thru college student. Don't stop looking for money.

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My Senior Didn't Get Scholarships


 Watch to learn the likely reason your teen was not offered a scholarship.

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It's the Story that Wins Money!


You've probably heard of the book, 'How to Win Friends and Influence People'. But how do you win scholarships? Watch the video for a tip that makes your teen's application stand out!

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Scholarships with May Deadlines


Here are a few scholarship opportunities with May Deadlines! See if your student is eligible to apply! (Be your teen's Hero! Cracking the Code to Free College is the course that prepares you and your student to have applications that stand out above the rest and say, 'My student is AWESOME!') The course also have access to curated scholarships for every grade level through graduate school  

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May Deadline Scholarships:

Open to just about anyone:

 May 1st deadlines for U.S. Citizens and permanent residents, High school seniors, currently enrolled at or planning to attend a university or community college, graduate school program, distance-learning school program, vocational or trade school located in the continental US.:

Amount $1,000  Answer the question: "Who in your life has been your biggest influence and why?”(2021)

Amount $1,000  Answer the question: "Describe how you have demonstrated...

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Community Service for College Admissions

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ACT English Section Tips

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