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It’s April, Get Ready, Get Set . . .
Go Register for Fall – No Foolin’

The last thing most of us want to think about as the cherry blossoms push winter to the background is Fall! In Guidance on the Go, my academic coaching emulates the strategy of world-famous hockey player, Wayne Gretzky who said, “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been.” This issue is all about starting the registration process or doing it for the upcoming Summer and Fall academic sessions. From required courses and entrance tests to secondary school or college applications and NCAA Division athletics–these critical milestones of your student’s academic journey have registration components best thought through or acted upon this month. No fooling! April isn’t only about paying Uncle Sam; missing key registration windows now could have you skating on thin ice in October. 

Think about Summer & Fall registrations now! Be like Wayne Gretzky 'Skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been.'Click To Tweet

Getting It: Spring Milestones

Private School Entrance Exams

5th, 6th or 7th graders: If you are applying to a 6-12th, 8-12th or 9-12th private/boarding school, they require an entrance exam such as the ISEE, SSAT, HSPT, and TACHS (for Catholic High Schools). The regular exam and school application process starts in August so, identify your teachers now who will write recommendation letters for you. Are you applying for Fall 2019 or needing a Summer 2019 “To Do List”? Contact me at Full Spectra!

Math & Honors High School Courses

Middle School Algebra 1 students: Take the June or August SAT – relax, don’t prep, just take for exposure and for a benchmark score.

8th graders: Get teacher references for Honors Geometry and Honors Biology in 9th Grade. Registering for and taking these courses puts you on the radar screen for Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma courses.

6th – 11th graders: Get your Critical Core Math – Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 – Summer Math Packet by contacting me at Full Spectra!

Getting In: Spring Milestones

Register for Summer Math & SAT

9th graders in Algebra 1: Talk with your guidance counselor to take Geometry in the summer. You can do this through your high school, community college or online course accepted by your Guidance Department.  Brigham Young University has an excellent online course accepted by most public high schools. If it needs to be proof-based Geometry, try Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (JHU-CTY). Register for 10th grade Algebra 2 with your guidance counselor who will make it contingent upon you completing Geometry.

8th, 9th, 10th graders: Take the June or August SAT – relax, don’t prep, just take for exposure and for a benchmark score. Also, take the ACT if considering colleges west of the Mississippi River.

9th, 10th, 11th grade athletes: Thinking about playing DI (you’ve known since middle school) or DII sports in college? Use the hyperlinks to check out NCAA Core Requirements. Get registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center so coaches can speak to you and look for you when they recruit.

11th graders: Take the SAT for the 1st or second time. Also, take ACT if you are considering colleges west of the Mississippi River.

11th, 12th or PG-Year: Visit Colleges.

12th and PG-Year: Attend Admitted Student Open Houses where you have been accepted. If available, take advantage of over-night visit programs.

Getting Through: Spring Milestone Drawing of a hand with one finger up tied with a red ribbon

First-Year to 2nd Semester Sophomores: College is all about translating higher academic concepts into practical day-to-day life situations. For most majors, it’s taking the theoretical and making it applied. There are college-wide and department specific offices that connect students to these tangible experiences such as Student Internships, Cooperative Education, Career Services, Study Abroad, Student Research and Honors Programs. Make your way to these campus offices BEFORE May and get one-on-one with professional staff to set up your file even if you don’t take advantage of the opportunities right away. These administrators are the gate-keepers and facilitators of making these key developmental experiences happen seamlessly for students. For research opportunities, besides getting the thumbs up from the faculty you’ll work with, see the Department Chair’s Office for all the screening and credit registration logistics. Get registered with these program coordinators now because they disappear after finals in May just like students do.

Financial Aid

Student Financial Service – Aid, Grants & Scholarships: If you haven’t noticed yet, much of the responsibility to follow-up on your account with the Bursar’s Office or Student Financial Services (aka Financial Aid Office) rests on a student’s shoulders rather than on parents or legal guardians. College students should regularly circle-back to this office. Family situations can impact a student’s EFC (Expected Family Contribution). Additional grants, departmental scholarships or other merit scholarship (GPA dependent) may be available as students climb to upperclassmen status. Basically, access to money doesn’t stop once you’ve enrolled. There are also websites such as myscholly.com, fastweb.com, and scholarship.com. Also, remember the military (ROTC), Department of Defense (DOD) STEM and various federal government programs that pay a students education costs to get their Bachelor’s degree BEFORE they serve.

Financial & Leadership Benefits of being an RA (Resident Assistant)

Want to eliminate the “Room & Board” costs? Become an RA. The RA facilitates the social, academic, and personal adjustment of students to the residence hall and university. They develop a sense of community among residents as members of a floor, residents of a hall and active participants in the residence life system.  Upperclassmen can become RAs and the college says ‘thank you” by paying their room and board.  Check with your Residential Life Office for details and applying this month!

Summer Session

Summer Session is a great time to take a course (or more) for major, minor or elective credit requirements. Students can do this on their college campus, online or at a campus near home (eliminates room and board costs). Check with the Registrar’s Office or the Transfer Student Coordinator in the Office of Admissions to make sure how course credit will transfer. Frankly, some students perform better in summer especially those adversely impacted by the cold and dark of winter months.

GRE/Pre-Professional Exams

See March 2019 Guidance on the Go for coaching on the pre-professional exams process. Get registered, prep for them and take them sooner than later!

Getting On: Know PowerPoint & Prezi because Demography is Destiny

Have you ever heard of “the pig in the python” in a discussion about population demographics? Well, that’s how demographers describe the Baby Boomers. Formally, it is a qualitative expression used to describe a “spike or surge in a statistic measured over time.”  A snake looks much like a garden hose: when it swallows a mouse whole, for example, an observer can watch the gradual digestion of the rodent from entrance to exit. Population researchers sort human lifespans most frequently by generations: these begin metaphorically at the mouth of the python. By the numbers, since the end of World War II, Baby Boomers remain the largest generation in the United States. They had one set of progeny, late Gen X, then another set that was joined by the children of Gen X. These gave rise to the Millennial surge from 1980-1994. Hence, today, there are two pigs in the proverbial python.

The “Uncool” Boomers haven’t exited the python nor will they exit the workforce as originally predicted. The worrying status of numerous government retirement programs like the Social Security Act and Employee Retirement Income Security Act have Boomers extending their working years. This impacts the career mobility of younger generations. College students nearing graduation remove your headphones and listen up: not understanding the Baby Boomers nor being able to communicate with them effectively can crater your livelihood.
College students nearing graduation remove your headphones and listen up: not understanding the Baby Boomers nor being able to communicate with them effectively can crater your livelihood.Click To Tweet
It’s been the Information Age since the late 1990s and this technological advancement has given birth to innovative human interactions like e-commerce which requires omnichannel marketing communications. Since today’s workforce is heavily multi-generational, new college graduates need to be agile and able to connect with managers and executives reared in the Industrial Age. Know your audience means know their generation or generations. Preparing or giving a presentation crafted with the circular platform, Prezi, may keep tail-end Millennials and Gen Z’s engaged; however, a linear MS PowerPoint for upper management Baby Boomers and Gen Xers may result in the desired promotion. Older generations do not play with electronics to understand them; they prefer attending courses, workshops, and seminars because they learn more traditionally with a pen, paper, books, and real people. Gen Z prefers Google and YouTube, but Microsoft Office software and reading the day’s headlines on paper still dominates much of workforce decision makers since Gen X flipped their tassels to the left.
Don’t get fooled this Spring that you’ll wow prospective employers with all the techno-savvy bells and whistles of your generation. Click To TweetDon’t get fooled this Spring that you’ll wow prospective employers with all the techno-savvy bells and whistles of your generation. Communicating effectively in your first career begins with observing generations in your classroom, research lab, on internships, study abroad and doing work-study. Head to your Campus Career Services Office by Spring sophomore year to develop your resumes and experience portfolios on multiple platforms from standard paper to LinkedIn and Gig Economy applications.

“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything. “

― William Shakespeare, Sonnet XCVIII


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