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May 2014
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In Her Own Words: A Senior Shares Her College Admission Experience

Alex Erdekian
This month, we invited Alex Erdekian, a high school senior who worked with Popp & Associates, to share her personal perspective on the college application process. Alex's insight can benefit all of us, especially current high school students. We loved working with Alex and her family and wish her lots of luck in college next fall!

Can you tell us a little about yourself? What high school do you attend? What are some of your important extracurricular activities? Any thoughts about what you want to study in college?


I'm Alex Erdekian, and I go to Wayland High School. The extracurricular activity I'm most involved in is my high school's news publication, Wayland Student Press Network (WSPN). I am Editor-in-Chief of the site and have invested much of my time in high school writing and editing articles, as well as leading the staff. I also was a member of my high school's mock trial team during my junior and senior years. In college, I'll be majoring in Newspaper and Online Journalism at Syracuse University.


When did you begin your college application process? Junior year? Senior year? If given the chance, would you do anything differently?


I began my college process in the spring of junior year, which felt like a good time to start. I do, however, wish that I had put more of my time into SAT preparation.


What aspects of the college application process were most challenging? What was the most fun? Were there any surprises?


The most challenging part of the college application process for me was the soul-searching aspect of writing a personal essay. It was difficult to reach that emotional place to find content for a reflective piece like that. I also found the standardized test preparation process very tedious and difficult to power through. Another challenge I encountered was completing all of the work I faced after taking on a great number of essays. As a writer, a part that I enjoyed was the creative aspect of the essays. The excitement and anticipation of schools that I liked also made the process more enjoyable.


What advice would you give to students in 9-11th grades regarding how they can best prepare for the college application process?


My advice for younger high school students is to make sure you are valuing and prioritizing the qualities you want in a college. This is the best way to avoid unnecessary stress that can come with the application process. If your main priority in the college process is going to the school where you would be happiest, most comfortable, likely to succeed, yet challenged, the process will be easier for you. If your main priority is getting into the most selective school possible, you are more likely to experience unwanted stress.


What college are you planning to attend and how did you make your final choice?


I'm planning to attend Syracuse University, and I made my final choice based on academic programs. I want to go into communications and journalism, and SU has one of the best communication schools in the country, so it was a natural choice for me.


How do you feel that Popp & Associates helped you and your family?


It's impossible to count how many ways Mindy helped me and my family; I would not have been able to get through the process as smoothly as I did without her. First, she helped us create a balanced college list using her resources and knowledge about different schools. She also definitely eliminated a lot of my potential stress by helping me manage and structure my time in terms of getting all of the essays and other tasks done. In addition, Mindy was extremely valuable when we talked through and edited my essays together; her feedback increased their quality overall. Because I am the firstborn, it was great for my family to have someone we could depend on to answer all of our questions since we had no idea what we were doing. Besides helping us in all of the typical ways that a college counselor does, we also developed a great relationship with Mindy that made working together enjoyable and made the process easier.

Important Questions to Ask When Hiring an Educational Consultant

Mindy Popp was recently invited to join a podcast with Jose "JR" Vazquez "College Money Man," who provides families with valuable financial aid and scholarship advice. Mindy and JR discussed the value of independent educational consultants and how parents can thoughtfully approach hiring one. In addition to highlighting factors to consider when evaluating independent college consultants, Mindy and JR (@CollegeCashMan) also addressed how students can be competitive candidates for merit scholarships.  


If you are considering working with an independent educational consultant, this podcast should not be missed as it covers all the priorities you should keep in mind as you are exploring your options. Private college counselors can offer significant value to students and families throughout high school and during the college application process, including helping families identify scholarship opportunities. Learn how to find the best educational consultant for your family!


Spring College Fairs




Spring college fairs in the New England area will be finishing up in the coming weeks. Juniors, these fairs provide a convenient way to explore numerous colleges of interest in one place without traveling a far distance. Take advantage of these opportunities to get to know schools on your college list, especially those that you may be unable to visit in person. For tips on how to make the most of a college fair, please contact us. We are happy to help!

From May 20-29NEACAC (New England Association for College Admission Counseling) will host college fairs in Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire. Colleges located throughout the US will be in attendance.

Colleges That Change Lives, Inc. (CTCL) is a non-profit organization including various colleges in the US that are featured in the book Colleges That Change Lives by Loren Pope. CTCL will be offering college fairs in many US cities in 2014. The Boston event will be held on May 21, 2014.

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

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Graduation Celebrations & Gifts

Graduation season for the Class of 2014 has arrived, and we want to share several websites with you this month to help get the celebration started! If you are hosting a graduation party and need a little party planning inspiration, Hostess with the Mostess will not disappoint. In search of a party favor that will be sure to impress your guests? MY M&M's will definitely be remembered. Looking for graduation gift ideas? Here are a few of our favorite places to shop: Pottery Barn Teen, UncommonGoods, Red Envelope, and Campus Quilt Company. All online stores offer creative and unique gift options for graduations and other special occasions. Enjoy!  



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