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Get on Track for College

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Applying to college is one of the most important — and stressful — things that high school students do. Deciding what to study, where, and how to pay for it can be a confusing and overwhelming experience. To help students and their families understand the requirements and process of applying to college, Hollister Kids and the Rodel Charitable Foundation of Delaware created this special supplement. Every local college will want to sponsor this step-by-step guide, which shows students and parents what to do each year from Grade 8 on to prepare for successful application to a 2-year or 4-year school. It explains the college search, the application process, the importance of timelines and options for financial aid. It details online resources where students can get the information they need. It shows how future jobs will require education beyond high school. And it offers tips on how to choose a field that will match a student’s interests and skills. This 24-page supplement comes with a FREE activity guide that contains newspaper activities tied to each page of the supplement content. The Rodel Charitable Foundation of Delaware is one of three Rodel Foundations established to improve primary and secondary public education in the United States.

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College Essays - The college essay is an important part of any application to college or a program of higher learning. An essay is your chance to let admissions officers get to know you. Don’t just repeat what they can read in your transcript or resume about courses, grades or scores. Tell them about yourself so they feel they know you as a person: What excites or motivates you, what you are passionate about, what you learned from an experience. As with many things, the more essays you write, the better you’ll be at it. Practice with the newspaper by finding a story about an issue that interests you or an activity you have strong feelings about. Write down the first five things that come into your head that would tell someone how you feel. Pick one of those ideas and write the beginning of a personal essay about it.

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