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Going Far Not Fast

During late September, the P&A office is bustling. Seniors are feeling busy to say the least as they stretch their limits to accommodate campus visits, college application essay writing, SAT/ACT testing, and much more. The first semester of 12th grade is definitely  a stress ful time for families. It is during the peak of college application season when I am reminded of the wisdom in this African proverb:

"If you want to go fast, go alone.  
If you want to go far, go together."

The message that I hope families take away from this quote is that regardless of how long your to-do list may be, the best way to ensure that all of your obligations are fulfilled is to make time to connect with loved ones along the way. Nourishing relationships with friends and family provide us with strength and encouragement and help us stay grounded during a time of uncertainty. The college application process can lead students and parents on a winding road of ups and downs. The journey is always most successful for families when they are in good company. Strike a balance between working hard in the college application process and finding the support you need in your family, your school and in your community. Recognize your limits and honor them. Good luck in the coming weeks and remember that our door is always open.

All the Best,

Mindy Popp, Founder and College Counselor 
Fall College Admission and
Financial Aid Events

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High school juniors, seniors and parents are encouraged to explore schools and learn more about the admission process from college representatives at college fairs located throughout New England this fall.

Seniors should also make an effort to connect with admission officers who usually visit high schools during September-November. 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 will be occurring in September and October.     

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.

NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) hosts the  Performing and Visual Arts (PVA) College Fairs in many US cities during the fall. Students interested in undergraduate programs including music, dance, theater, graphic design, visual arts, and other related disciplines should consider attending a PVA. The Boston fair will be held on October 28 .


Calling all artists! The Boston National Portfolio Day is hosted by the National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA), which includes representatives from regionally accredited colleges and universities. These institutions are also members of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). All Portfolio Day events are free, open to the public and do not require pre-registration. Visit this website for the 2015-2016 schedule. The Boston event will be held on November 1.

In addition to college fairs happening this fall, MEFA (Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority) will be offering free seminars and webinars for families covering a variety of financial aid topics. To learn more, please visit this website.

Please check out P&A News and Events to find more upcoming events in your local area.
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