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Back-to-School Advice: Welcoming a New Year and New Possibilities

The days leading up to New Year's Day are often when we declare our New Year's resolutions, but I think that these last days of summer deserve as much attention and merit reflection as a new school year is about to begin. Buying new school supplies and figuring out how to balance fall obligations with school, sports and extracurricular commitments are a part of back-to-school preparation. That said, one of the most essential steps students should take before the 1st day of school is much less defined and harder to schedule: developing an attitude and approach towards school that leads to success.

While some students may read this article and feel that their GPA, SAT/ACT scores and extracurricular achievements indicate they have already figured out what it takes to be successful, all of us have room for improvement. That said, improvement and growth cannot happen without recognizing our strengths and weaknesses and what has worked and what has failed us in the past. For example, if the manner in which you organized your time for studying led to cramming at the last minute, a new plan is needed. If you simply do what you did previously, you can expect nothing but the same results that were not successful in the past. Changing our behavior is not easy, and it takes both time and unwavering commitment in order to realize the goals that we may not have experienced in the past: grades that reflect a student's potential, a leadership role awarded in recognition of a student's talents, etc.

We need to embrace change, not fear it, in order to attain the success that we crave. While approaching life in a new way may at first feel uncomfortable or inconvenient, those  sentiments will not linger long.

As the school year begins in the coming days, I encourage families to have honest discussions about what goals and plans to achieve them should be established so that students can enjoy the personal and academic success they deserve.

Warm Wishes,

Mindy Popp
College Athletic Recruitment Class for Parents 

Are you the parent of a high school athlete? Is your son or daughter hoping to play a sport in college? Don't miss Popp & Associates  college counseling class at Brookline Adult and Community Education on September 28. Meet the P&A college counselors and college athletes, and learn how to successfully navigate the college application and athletic recruitment processes. The class is open to the public, and high school parents are encouraged to attend. Sign up today!

Navigating the College Athletic Recruitment Process

If your child is a high school athlete looking to continue playing a sport in college, join us to learn about the college athletic recruitment process and how it affects the college application process. Participants will be guided through the recruitment process timeline and offered valuable insight regarding how to assess their child's potential to be successfully recruited. We will discuss NCAA recruitment procedures, eligibility, rules, deadlines, and policies, athletic-admissions rubrics including the Ivy League Academic Index, candidacy for athletic scholarships, guidance for generating film highlight packages, how to review athletic and admission offers, and more.  
September 28  7-9pm
Looking Ahead: Fall College Fairs

Fall college fairs will be starting in September! Students and parents are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities to explore numerous schools and learn more about the admission process firsthand from college representatives.

In addition, seniors should also make an effort to connect with admission officers who visit high schools in the fall. For more information about college visits at your high school, please see your school counselor.  
NEACAC (New England Association for College Admission Counseling) hosts college fairs throughout New England. Visit this website for the Fall 2015 schedule. Please note that college fairs begin in September.     

on October 6 at Waltham High School. Many colleges located throughout the US will be in attendance.

Campus Pride will host a college fair on October 9 for LGBTQ and ally students and families at the State House in Boston.

All fairs are free and open to the public.
Please visit P&A News and Events to find more upcoming events in your local area.
News for High School Families

Popp & Associates keeps students and parents up-to-date on important news regarding college admission, financial aid, and many more topics relevant for high school families. Here are some of our favorite articles recently highlighted in our social media:

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As the college application process gets underway, questions about scholarship opportunities frequently come up in conversations with seniors and parents. This article from Her Campus highlights 10 online resources you don't want to miss when searching for college scholarships!
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