IMPROVING COMMUNICATION SKILLS

PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD - EVERY STEP OF THE WAY

As you begin preparing for college, you will find that you need to communicate often with teachers, mentors, counselors, and even admissions officers. Our counselors will teach you how to write and speak about yourself with confidence – a skill that is necessary in the college admissions process! We will also help you develop a positive online presence on social media forums such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and get you linked into Linkedin. We’ll also teach you how to insulate your personal information from colleges, and eventually, potential employers! We’ll also teach you the in’s and out’s of drafting a quality student resume, how to solicit quality letters of recommendation, and also how to prepare for interviews.

POPULAR SESSION TOPICS

Social Media and College Admissions & Linking in to LinkedIn

Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram – social networking sites are a big part of our lives and they are a great tool for sharing messages and keeping in touch with friends and family. But can they be a tool in your college search? Learn how to set up a professional presence on LinkedIn and use social media to have a positive effect on your future college admissions chances. Also learn how to avoid social media pitfalls that can put your admission chances at risk!
Minimum Duration: ½ Session [30 minutes]

Developing Your “Silver Platter” List

Work with your counselor to develop a “silver platter” list of must-share things to deliver in admissions, job and internship interviews, on college essays, and in conversations about yourself. This exercise is a great way to start prioritizing your activities and unique personal qualities and experiences in an organized way.
Minimum Duration: ½ Session [30 minutes]

Drafting Your Student Resume

Work with your counselor to learn how to craft and properly format a skills-based student resume for use on your college and scholarship applications. This resume will lay the foundation for an eventual professional resume for future use in job and internship interviews.
Minimum Duration: ½ Session [30 minutes]

Soliciting Quality Letters of Recommendation

A strong letter of recommendation might be enough to tip the college admissions scale in your favor. Your counselor will teach you how to turn potential recommenders into solid professional references and help you create a plan to hone relationships with teachers, mentors, and other influential people in your life. You will also develop a strategy on how to solicit solid letters of recommendation from your references well in advance of any deadlines.
Minimum Duration: ½ Session [30 minutes]

Preparing for College Admissions Interviews and Supplement Essays

Both formal and informal college interviews are great opportunities to market yourself to prospective colleges and universities. With the help of your counselor, brainstorm, outline, prepare and practice delivering well-polished answers to the most common admissions interview questions.
Minimum Duration: 1 Session [60 minutes] Recommended Prerequisite: Developing Your “Silver Platter” List

Mock Admissions / Scholarship Interviews

Practice makes perfect! Perfect your interview and self-marketing in 30-minute mock interviews with your college counselor. With advance notice, questions can also be targeted to prepare for a specific school or program interview! This class session can be repeated as necessary in preparation for scheduled interviews.
Minimum Duration: ½ Session [30 minutes] Prerequisites: Preparing for College Admissions Interviews and Supplement Essays