Dear Seniors,

 

By now I've met with almost all of you to go over your credits, give you a copy of your high school transcript and talk with you about your plans for next year.  Many of you have questions and I encourage you to ask me since many of your peers are probably wondering about the same things but are afraid to ask.  Email your questions to me at kcarey@railroaders.net and I will post the answers here so everyone can benefit.  Thank you!

 

Question:  I keep hearing there are no jobs available and that going to college is a waste of time and money.  Are their any fields that are still hiring?

 

Answer:  Yes!  Some of the popular college degrees that are experiencing high employment rates include a Bachelor's degree in Finance, Accounting, Computer and Information Science, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.  (PS - what do all these degrees have in common... MATH!!!  So hit the books!!)

 

Question:  How can I qualify for the full tuition scholarship at ACC?

 

Answer:  SUNY Adirondack offers a full tuition Academic Excellence Scholarship to high school students in the North Country who meet three criteria: 

1)  class rank in the top 10% of their class (not the top 10 students, at our school 10% is usually the top 5 or 6 students.

2)  SAT or PSAT scores of at least 1200 (critical reading and math only) or 1800 (critical reading, math and writing) or an ACT score of at least 26.

3)  GPA (grade point average) of 90 or above at the end of the junior year.

*  Students who rank first or second at the end of the junior year are automatically eligible. 

 

Question:  Should I tell my college about my learning disability?  Will they still accept me?

 

Answer:  Most likely you will need accommodations in college in order to succeed so I think it's best to disclose your learning disability or difference up front in your essay or in your explanation of your transcript.  Law prevents colleges from discriminating against you based on disability, and you wouldn't want to attend a college that would discriminate against you for your disability anyway.  Peter Van Buskirk is a former dean of college admissions and a college admissions expert who offers lots of advice on this and other topics.  You can visit his website at www.theadmissiongame.com.

 

Question:  I was filling out my college applications and one of the requirements is an essay. I was wondering if you could show me some examples? I'm not exactly sure where to start with it.

 

Answer:  Great question!  The college essay is designed to let the admissions committee know more about your personality than they can tell from your transcript and other materials.  Your essay MUST be written yourself so you can demonstrate your writing skills.  Choose a topic that is interesting to you, and make it personal so the admissions committee can tell if you will be a good fit for their college.  Hamilton College's Director of Admission offers the following advice on writing essays:

 

www.hamilton.edu/writing/sins

 

You can also find sample essays and other help at www.collegeboard.com or www.mymajors.com.  Have someone proofread your essay before you send it!