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Lauren Keene

Giddyup on over to Pony Club

See for yourself Those of you interested in seeing a Pony Club rally in action are in luck. Panache has a rally scheduled When: Saturday, April 16 Time: Events from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: Willow Creek Horse Barn, 23355 County Road 100A How much: Free More info: Watch the Panache Pony Club Facebook […]

College Corner: How much test prep is a good idea?

It’s a new year and a new set of high schoolers are entering the college admissions phase. The question I am fielding quite frequently these days from juniors, sophomores and their families is how to prep, if at all, for standardized tests for college. So let’s go through what the options are and what makes […]

College Corner: Here’s what new, necessary to know in financial aid

As many students’ college application workload is winding down, parents’ financial aid applications for their college student are just kicking into gear. Let’s go over what is new this year and how to make the most of your scholarship search. Note: In my last few December columns, I have addressed the various types of financial […]

December 17, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

College Corner: Don’t let senioritis sideline your success

For many high school seniors who are elbows-deep right now into the college application process, the symptoms of senioritis are starting to surface. Can you blame them?! It’s been a long haul navigating through the treacherous terrain of standardized tests, letters of recommendation and the dreaded college essay. But for those seniors who are starting […]

November 20, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

College Corner: Advice on making a major decision

In response to the nearly constant refrain I hear from both my senior and junior high school students — what major should I choose? — I often answer their questions with more questions … What do you like? What are you good at? That’s usually the best way to start thinking about a good major. […]

October 29, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

College Corner: Essay supplements require time and thought

Remember when infomercials were flooding the airwaves and that catch phrase “But wait, there’s more!” was frequently quoted? Well, it is quite apropos when explaining the college application process for the 500 or so colleges on the Common Application. After filling in all the data about yourself — your activities, majors, letters of recommendation and […]

September 24, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

College Corner: Seniors, it’s time to get those applications in order

I hope you all enjoyed your summer and are ready to get back to school. For many seniors, this means college applications! If you haven’t already done so, go online and set up your UC and Common Application accounts to start filling out applications. There are also several public out-of-state universities that are not on […]

September 03, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

College Corner: What’s the deal with wait lists?

Enrollment rate of colleges popular with Davis students Stanford: 78.9 percent Brown: 59.9 percent Claremont McKenna: 52.1 percent UC Berkeley: 37 percent Oberlin: 34.5 percent Cal Poly San Luis Obispo: 32 percent UC Davis: 23 percent Willamette: 11.6 percent Chances are some of you are high school seniors or you know high school seniors who […]

May 28, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

College Corner: How are AP credits counted in college?

Fun facts about 2014 AP exams * There are 38 different AP exams * Overall average score of 2.89 * 4.176 million exams were taken * 2.34 million students took AP exams * 6 percent increase over previous year in number of exams * English Language & Composition AP exam is taken the most Source: […]

April 30, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

College Corner: College open houses are worth attending

Upcoming open houses These schools are popular with Davis students: * April 4: UC San Diego * April 10 or 17: Willamette University * April 11: Chico State, Sonoma State, University of Arizona, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, University of San Diego * April 16-18: Cal Poly * April 18: UC Berkeley As Atticus Finch of “To Kill a Mockingbird” […]

April 02, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

College Corner: Is there such a thing as BOGO?

Buy one get one free for college? Yes, there is a way to “buy,” or pay tuition, at one college and get another college, or colleges, for free. Consortium colleges allow students to attend one college while taking classes and participating in activities at other colleges. It is often a way to get the best […]

February 26, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

College Corner: Have wanderlust? Go overseas for college

Many of you probably have read about the growing number of international students attaining degrees from U.S. colleges. What you may not be aware of is that there is a similar, albeit smaller, trend flowing in the opposite direction. Increasingly when I work with students to develop their college lists, we have some international schools […]

January 29, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

College Corner: How does applying for financial aid work?

I hesitate to bring this up because it may be an unwelcome reminder but it is the season again … not the holiday season, the financial aid season. For students applying to college (or in college), the new year is the time to fill out most financial aid forms. So, let’s do a quick review […]

December 18, 2014 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

College Corner: Want practical work experience in school? Try a co-op program

As Thanksgiving approaches and we celebrate the hard work the Pilgrims endured, it is only fitting that we take a look at colleges that promote this same kind of can-do spirit. And, by this I mean colleges and universities that offer a co-op program. Co-op? What does this have to do with college? I’m glad […]

November 20, 2014 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,
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