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On Course for College

While it’s true that not everyone chooses to go to college, it’s equally true that every student who enters high school has the potential to pursue a college education. Whether it’s a technical or trade school, a junior college, or a large university, the opportunities are seeming endless.

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Related Newspaper A c t i v i t i e s

1. Look through your newspaper´s Help Wanted ads for jobs available in your area. Circle those that require a college education. Now, make a chart showing the number of jobs that require two years, your years, and more than four years of college. What conclusions can you draw?

Read! Read! Read!

The more you read, the more you’ll know. And the more you know, the better prepared you will be both before and during your college career. If you haven’t already made reading a daily habit, try to read at least 30 minutes a day – newspapers, magazine, novels, or anything that interests you. You’ll do better in class, you´ll perform better on college admissions tests, and you´ll be better prepared for your college course work.

2. Many experts believe the very act of reading – no matter the text – is a surefire way to help ensure academic success in high school and beyond. Daily reading helps develop reasoning, thinking, writing, and other important skills. Reading the newspaper each day can be especially helpful. The stories and information in the newspaper help you learn about government, civics, history, economics, statistics, science, geography, and more! See for yourself. Each day for a week, read a different section of your newspaper. Underline new things you learned and be prepared to describe how this newfound knowledge might help you in school. Then make newspaper reading a daily habit!

3. The newspaper is a resource for information about college preparation. Watch for information about college open hourses and fairs in your area. Look for advertisements for college programs. And make note of informational articles that might aid your college search.

4. Write a newspaper advice column on taking college admissions tests. Interview your guidance counselor, teachers, or others who might have advice for high school juniors and seniors as they prepare to take these tests. Be sure to include test dates and times in your area, as well as tips from students who have taken the tests.

5. Work with a partner to create a newspaper ad series on “value” of a college education compared to the “costs”. Use one or more of the following advertising techniques: attention-getters, slogans, character endorsements, and repetition. (Search your newspaper for examples.) Display the ads on a school bulletin board for all students to see.

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How do you find that perfect fit of student and college? Here’s a few pointers.

Choosing Your Career
The degree is the most important thing, so while it would be helpful to get it exactly in your future career field, your major may not be as important as the degree itself.

Writing the Resumé & Cover Letter
Highlight the positives - like internships, class assignments, and part time work experience. Here’s a few more pointers on what to do and what not to do when writing the resumé.

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Job Interviews
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Education: Diploma Dilemmas
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Related Resource L i n k s
First of all, don´t panic! Help is available. All students, regardless of financial need, are eligible for some type of financial assistance.

U.S. Department of Education
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Indiana Career and Postsecondary Advancement Center
ICPAC provides free, comprehensive, information to help you advance your career and your education.

Collegeboard Online
Use the college search tool to find the right schools for you. offers online SAT registration and scores, SAT prep, information about Advanced Placement (AP), PSAT/NMSQT, and CLEP exams, and online CSS/financial aid PROFILE.

ACT, Inc.
ACT is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to measurement and research primarily in support of individuals making educational, career, and workplace transitions.

Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority
Making Higher Education More Affordable.

College is Possible
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Education USA
Your guide to U.S. Higher Education.

Peterson´s Education Supersite
Peterson´s Education Search and Selection. Find colleges and universities, graduate programs, education online and private schools. Search for scholarships and financial aid. Prepare for the SAT, GRE, GMAT and ASVAB tests.

Colleges O n l i n e

Argosy University/Sarasota
5250 17th St., Sarasota, 34235; 800-331-5995.

Barry University
11300 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores, 33161; 305-899-3000, 800-756-6000.

Express yourself

The application essay is a big piece of the college application puzzle. It is your opportunity to speak for yourself. ACT Inc., the organization that administers the ACT admissions test and provides other educational services, offers several suggestions on its Web site (

For instance, essays must be well written “but good writing is not the object... You want an admissions committee to feel somehow that losing you would take the edge off their freshman class.” Remember that there are no right or wrong essay subjects, only essays that adequately “convey you.”

The ACT Web site recommends these tips from Dodge Johnson, an educational consultant:

– Don’t toot your own horn. Tell your story so your feelings, perceptions, and interests shine through.

– Make the language and tone comfortable.

– Don’t use a big word when a little word will do.

– Use humor, irony, and satire, but do so carefully. Such techniques have a tendency to backfire if not handled right.

– Typos and grammer, spelling and diction problems are a big NO-NO. Have someone proofread your essay before you send it in.

– Include a story in your essay to “disarm readers and invite them in.”

– Don’t be wordy.

Bethune-Cookman College
640 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd., Daytona Beach, 32114-3099; 386-255-1401.

Daytona Beach Community College
1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, 32114; 386-255-8131.

Eckerd College
4200 54th Ave. S., Saint Petersburg, 33711; 800-456-9009, 727-867-1166.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
100 Wolf Pack Run, Deltona, 32725; 386-789-9653.

Flagler College
74 King St., St. Augustine, 32085-1027; 904-829-6481.

Florida A & M University
Tallahassee, 32307; 850-599-3000.

Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton, 33431-0991; 561-297-3000.

Florida Institute of Technology
150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne, 32901-6975; 321-674-8000.

Florida International University
Miami, 33199.

Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers, 33965-6565; 239-590-1000, 800-590-3429.

Florida Memorial College
15800 NW 42nd Ave., Miami, 33054; 305-626-3600. (

Florida Southern College
111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr., Lakeland, 33801; 863-680-4111, 800-274-4131, 863-680-4131.

Florida State University
Tallahassee, 32306; 850-644-2525.

International Academy
2550 S. Ridgewood Ave., South Daytona, 32119; 888-893-3636.

Jacksonville University
2800 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville, 32211; 904-256-8000.

Jones College
Jacksonville, 32211-5588; 904-743-1122.

Keiser College
1500 NW 49th St., Fort Lauderdale, 33309; 954-776-4456.

Lynn University
3601 N. Military Tr., Boca Raton, 33431; 561-237-7000, 800-888-5966.

Nova Southeastern University
3301 College Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 33314; 800-541-6682.

Palm Beach Atlantic University
901 S. Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach, 33401; 561-803-2000, 888-GO-TO-PBA.

Remington College Orlando Campus
660 Century Point, Suite 1050, Lake Mary, FL 32746; 1-800-560-6192.

Rollins College
1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park, 32789; 407-646-2000.

Ringling School of Art and Design
2700 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, 34234-5895; 800-255-7695, 941-351-5100.

St. Leo University
33701 State Road 52, Saint Leo, 33574-6665; 800-334-5532.

St. Thomas University
16400 NW 32nd Ave., Miami, 33054-6459; 305-625-6000, In Florida: 800-367-9006, Out of State: 800-367-9010.

Stetson University
421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, 32723. 386-822-7100, 800-688-0101.

University of Central Florida
Orlando; 407-823-2000

University of Florida
Gainesville, 32611; 352-392-3261.

University of Miami
Coral Gables, 33124; 305-284-2211.

University of North Florida
4567 St. Johns Bluff Rd., Jacksonville, 32224; 904-620-1000.

University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33620; 813-974-2011.

University of Tampa
401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, 33606-1490; 813-253-3333.

University of West Florida
11000 University Pkwy., Pensacola, 32514; 850-474-2000.


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