Mr. Guebert's Blog
This blog will cover important information from the Student Services Office. Right now, I will focus on getting scholarship information out through this and the annoucements. A more comprehensive listing of available scholarships called "2017-2018 Scholarship Listing" can be found on the College/Transcripts page in the document list at the bottom of the page. More will come later.

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In today’s post, I’d like to spend some time talking about other blogs, namely admissions blogs. Admissions blogs are really nice, because they can offer you a lot of information focused on general topics or more specific topics to a particular college. They can also offer you insight into what an admission officer is thinking or the first hand perspective of a student that was not so long ago in your position. Here are just a few headlines from some of the blogs I follow:


“Eight-week classes are awesome!” - Student Blog - http://blog.admissions.illinois.edu/?p=28640


Did you even know you can take 8 week classes in college? If not, you may want to read this blog and find out what this student liked about them.


“Learning How to Learn in College” - Student Blog -  http://blog.admissions.illinois.edu/?p=28552


Believe it or not, many students struggle with this. Some students might not have needed to study in high school or they may have studied, but not very well or efficiently. College will certainly challenge your studying and time management skills.


“College Expectations vs. Reality” - Student Blog - https://blog.admissions.uiowa.edu/mariana/2018/10/college-expectations-vs-reality/


At the risk of sounding too much like a Jedi Master, “This will not go the way you think it will.” College is all about stepping outside your comfort zone and pushing yourself to do more and greater things than you ever thought possible. Hopefully in the end, you will realize that things are often better than they seem even if you have to go through a desert of challenges to reach that oasis of success.


“Is it okay if I…?” - Admission Administrator Blog - http://pwp.gatech.edu/admission-blog/2018/10/11/is-it-okay-if-i/


This is especially nice to hear coming from a college representative. It’s a good question to ask, but I like his answer in the blog.



There are a lot of great blogs out there from schools and students. I’ve listed a few that I try to keep up on. Check them out:


Student Blogs


http://admissions.illinois.edu/Discover/blog

https://enrollment.rochester.edu/blog/

https://blog.admissions.uiowa.edu/

https://admissions.psu.edu/life/blogs/


Admission Administration Blogs


https://uvaapplication.blogspot.com/

http://pwp.gatech.edu/admission-blog/

https://admissionblog.usc.edu/about-us/

https://tuadmissionjeff.blogspot.com/

https://admissions.umich.edu/explore-visit/blog

https://mitadmissions.org/blogs/

https://admissions.vanderbilt.edu/vandybloggers/

https://admissions.ufl.edu/blog/

https://admissionblog.northwestern.edu/

https://admissionblog.richmond.edu/

Posted by adamguebert  On Oct 24, 2018 at 4:05 PM
  

I know I say it all the time, but there is no substitute for a college tour. A really close second is a virtual tour. I have a feeling that you might not have even been aware that virtual tours existed. Some of these are obviously better than others, but you can gain a lot of useful information from watching them and participating in them. I have not listed any colleges within an hour’s drive. I would encourage you to visit with a college that close. Here are some examples below:

Examples:

Iowa State University
http://www.youvisit.com/tour/iastate

Miami University of Ohio
http://experiencemiamioh.com/

Aerial Campus Tour
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJsHsc6LfYA

Missouri State University
http://www.youvisit.com/tour/missouristate

Northwestern University
http://admissions.northwestern.edu/visit/experience/virtual-tour.html

Purdue University:
https://www.admissions.purdue.edu/visit/virtualtour.php

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
http://www.siue.edu/virtual-tour/tour.html#virtualtour

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
http://admissions.illinois.edu/visit/virtual-tours

University of Missouri (MIZZOU)
https://admissions.missouri.edu/online-tour/

Posted by adamguebert  On Feb 28, 2018 at 2:37 PM
  

There are a few things that I like to take a look at when viewing my search results list. First off, you may want to take a look at how many pages of results you have. If you have more than 5 pages, that is more than 60 schools. Remember, we are shooting for 6 schools: 2 dream schools, 2 solid schools, and 2 for-sure schools. If you have 5 pages in your results list, consider being a little more picky about what you want in your search. If you still cannot get the number down, it is time to start taking a look at the individual colleges on your list. 

Click on the individual school name. You will see a ton of information. It will break down some general info and give you a map at the top. If you click on General Information, you will see more specific links to their website. You can see whether or not the offer the ROTC. You can see the Student Services they offer and also the credit that they accept (dual credits, AP credits, etc.).

Next you can see Tuition, Fees, and Estimated Student Expenses for the last 4 years (usually). This will break down in-state vs. out-of-state (if applicable, private schools do not differentiate) and room and board. It will even give you a Multi Year Tuition Calculator and show you if they offer alternative tuition plans like a Tuition Guarantee plan (your tuition will not change for your first four years of school; hopefully you graduate after four years…).

Posted by adamguebert  On Dec 15, 2017 at 1:46 PM
  
This particular opportunity is a little bit waiver and a little bit scholarship. It will apply to tuition for 4 years. Yearly tuition cost for new undergraduate students at the University of Illinois as of today is $12,036. Multiply that over 4 years and the total amount for this scholarship could be $48,144. I say “could be” because I would expect the tuition rate to only rise as the years go on. 

I write about this scholarship in particular, because it was helpful to me specifically. This scholarship allowed me to afford college and receive and excellent education at one of the best universities in the midwest, not to mention the state. If you qualify, please consider using this waiver. To find out if you qualify, please visit the website below.

 

http://www.osfa.illinois.edu/types-of-aid/children-of-veterans-tuition-waiver

Posted by adamguebert  On Nov 15, 2017 at 9:10 AM
  
I am going to interrupt my series on College Navigator to put out another resource called College Greenlight (https://www.collegegreenlight.com/). This is another free tool specifically catering to first generation college student and underrepresented students. This is a really great opportunity for a lot of you because they will help you to narrow that college application list. On top of that, they will help you to apply to a certain group of colleges for free. Some local colleges include: Fontbonne University, Goshen College, Illinois College, Illinois State University, Missouri University of Science & Technology (commonly known just as “Rolla” for it’s location). 

You may be sitting there wondering if “first generation college student” and “underrepresented” applies to you. I would say that their is a good chance that it does. The definition for “first generation college student” can vary, but I would argue that it includes all students whose parents did not complete a bachelor’s degree. From my own experience as a first generation college student, I was hesitant to indicate this on applications. I was a little scared that sharing this on an application my hurt my chances of being accepted. Telling your potential college or university that you are a first generation college student will NOT hurt you application. It honestly may help your application. It will also allow the college or university you are applying to identify programs or resources that may be helpful to you. Please take their help. There are also a lot of ways that you might qualify for “underrepresented”. You might qualify due to your ethnicity, gender, family income or maybe just because you come from a small rural school. Use your experience and your background to your advantage. These supports are there for a reason. That reason is to allow determined hardworking students to achieve their potential.
Posted by adamguebert  On Sep 19, 2017 at 10:10 AM
  
Under the more search options drop down, you will see quite a few more features. You can search by the maximum tuition you would be willing to pay based on the state you live in. Now this is important because some schools that are out of state may offer you in-state tuition. A good place to take a look at this is the Midwest Student Exchange(http://msep.mhec.org/) or just contact the school. 

You can search for the Undergraduate Student Enrollment of a college by a maximum or minimum range. Schools vary in size quite a bit. I like to say that you can make a big school small, but you can’t make a small school big. In the interest of full disclosure, I went to a large school of 35,000 undergraduate students. I took classes with a roster of anywhere from 5 to 1500. No matter what college you chose, get to know your instructors and get involved on campus. Studies have shown that these two simple things are correlated with student success.I should also say that undergraduates are students pursuing an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. Graduate students would be those students pursuing their master's or doctorate degrees.

You can choose to search for only schools that offer housing on campus. These might be dormitories, suites, or apartments depending on what the college offers. You can choose between Rural, Town, Suburban or City settings. There are definitions for these classifications if you click on the question mark next to setting. 

You can search by the percentage of students admitted to the school from the number of these who apply. This will help you to assess how selective, or hard to get accepted into, a school happens to be. You can search by ACT or SAT scores at the 25th percentile. Now this is the test score for students who are first-time enrolled students. They have not been enrolled anywhere else and transferred in. The 25th percentile is score at which 25% of students scored below. You can set a range for the maximum and minimum scores that you want to search for at the 25th percentile. 

There are a few more options here at the end. You can search by varsity sports teams for men or women. This might be important if you really enjoy participating in or watching a certain sport. There are a few options for different learning opportunities like distance, weekend/evening, and life experience credit. You can search by religious affiliation and also by specialized mission. 

As you can see this extended search options list is pretty extensive. You can use as many or as few as you would like. By using more, it allows you to really fine tune your search to find exactly what you are looking for.
Posted by adamguebert  On Sep 12, 2017 at 3:42 PM
  

College Navigator is a college search tool support by the National Center for Education Statistics. I often recommend it as a place for students to start building that college list. I recommend that students generally choose six schools: 2 dream schools, 2 solid schools, and 2 for-sure schools.

Your dream schools should be the ones that are a bit of a stretch, but you do not want to spend the rest of your life wondering if you would have been accepted. Your solid schools are good schools where you fit the profile and would be happy attending. Your for-sure schools are schools that you know you will be accepted. One of your for-sure schools is always the local community college or SWIC for us. 

It starts by allowing you to search areas to find schools. You can designate states that you would like to search by using their map. You can also enter you zip code and do a search in a certain radius (in miles) of your home. 

Next you choose your desired degree level and what kind of institution you want to attend. As for institution type, I always recommend Public and Private non-profit. Be very careful with Private for-profit as they are businesses. Students will often ask me, “But aren’t private schools really expensive?” They are, but they also offer quite a bit of money in scholarships. At this point in the search money shouldn’t be the main factor. It will play a more prominent role later. It is usually best to see what schools will offer you in scholarships before you decide what you can and cannot afford. 

Go ahead and click search results and a full list comes up. I will write a little more next week about more search options and later about what to look for and how to use it.

Posted by adamguebert  On Sep 05, 2017 at 9:35 AM
  

I generally recommend that students take interest inventories early and often. Your interests will change as you move through life and gain more experience. You may have wanted to be a firefighter or nurse or astronaut when you were younger (I wanted to be a cowboy…). You have probably changed your mind, but maybe not. Either is fine. Let's find something new or make sure that you know what you want to do by doing another interest inventory. It doesn’t hurt or even take much time.

I am going to try to discuss a few interest inventory options through this blog. The first is one that is fast approaching and helpful in more than just career exploration. It is the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery or ASVAB. Specifically we will be offering the ASVAB Career Exploration. The U.S. Military has spent a lot of time and money developing the ASVAB. Vocational testing of this kind exploded after World War II in an effort to provide education, training, and jobs to all of the returning soldiers.

The ASVAB Career Exploration is a military entrance exam and career exploration tool. You DO NOT need to enter the military after taking this test. It is available to Sophomores-Seniors. The test will take place on September 11th, 2017 at Chester High School. Please sign up by September 1st on our website (https://goo.gl/forms/2vi7Vz0dj4WU14jk1). There is also an information video in the form, or you can check out their website at http://www.asvabprogram.com/.

Posted by adamguebert  On Aug 31, 2017 at 3:12 PM
  
This is a great opportunity for students interested in a healthcare career. It is a job shadowing program through Memorial Hospital Organization (MH). It is available to seniors and only a limited number of students will be accepted. Students can sample either the medical or business side of healthcare. There is one $500 scholarship available to participating students for future college use. There are a lot of guidelines and expectations for the program, but this is what you can expect if you intend to enter one of these careers. I think this could be an excellent opportunity for our seniors. Please stop by the Student Services office.
Posted by adamguebert  On Aug 28, 2017 at 4:28 PM
  

56th Annual United States Senate Youth Program
Sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation

Juniors and Seniors have the opportunity to be selected as a Delegate to Washington D.C, March 3-10, 2018. The entire trip(including transportation, food, and hotel) will be paid for by the Hearst Foundation. Delegates will have the opportunity to hear major policy discussions. Delegates will also participate in a meeting with a US Supreme Court Justice and the President of the United States.

There is also an opportunity to earn a Hearst Scholarship of $10,000. For more information contact Student Services or you can also more information online at US Senate Youth. You can download a brochure and the application at https://www.isbe.net/Pages/United-States-Senate-Youth-Program-Hearst-Scholarship.aspx

The application is due by October 4th, 2017.

Posted by adamguebert  On Aug 24, 2017 at 12:51 PM
  
 
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