As we are constantly on the look for resources, it's always nice to find one that does that searching for you. LinkForward has, and you should definitely take advantage of it.
Focusing on each stage of the college-going process, LinkForward provides a series of links for resources to help students find money for college, discover new colleges and universities, explore careers, and continue success into college. With so many diverse ways to tackle each issue, it's not difficult to find something that will work for your students.
Personally, I really like the raise.me resource. It allows students to earn micro-scholarships through their high school career to use for college by doing what they would normally want to do: succeed in high school. Good grades, community service, and extracurricular activities could possibly get you some money, and the earlier you start, the better!
Check out LinkForward, and let us know what you think!
Thanks again, and until next time,
The NiswongerCARE Team
Let's face it: we have terrible memories as humans. Remembering what we did yesterday can be tough for some of us, and it eventually reaches us all.
It's also hard to keep up with the often complicated process of applying to colleges, especially for first generation college students. Without the assistance of those who have been through the process before, they may become frustrated and defeated by the applications, essays, resumes, and general bureaucracy of the system(s).
Enter the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success. The Coalition "was developed to improve the college application process for all students as they search for and apply to their perfect college. The platform provides a single, centralized toolkit for students to organize, build, and refine their applications to numerous institutions." (emphasis added)
Accepted by over 90 institutions across the U.S., the Coalition application provides a better alternative to the Common App and school-specific applications for these schools as it allows students to use its Locker system to store past achievements and highlight their creative talents in writing, design, etc. and transfer those achievements and highlights over to their Coalition application. They can also share those highlights with mentors or college admissions offices to supplement their applications if not included in the first place, all through a pretty user-friendly portal.
Though there are other programs that do similar things for students, like CollegeforTN's profile system, this application is easily transferable to the application for the schools that support it, saving time and headache for students.
Though there are other programs that do similar things for students, like CollegeforTN's profile system, the information stored in the Locker is easily transferable to the application for the schools that support it, saving time and headache for students.
Just another resource to share! Hopefully it helps some of your students, especially juniors with high aspirations!
Thanks again, and until next time,
The NiswongerCARE Team
As a post-secondary education advisor, one thing I notice is that students don't always understand the different world that college and the college-going process can be.
They hear the terms thrown at them, sometimes in rapid fire, and they pretend to understand. They fill out the application or scholarship and never really fully know what it is they may be completing or even how it works.
Instead, they nod their heads and do what they are told.
But when they finally show up to college on the first day (if they even know to come on that day), the newness of the experience can be terrifying for them. Some will push through, but others may decide this isn't for them and walk away.
And all of this is even more prevalent for first-generation college students.
I guess the College Board noticed this trend too, and to help out these students who may be unfamiliar with all the processes involved with going to college, they created CollegeGo.
CollegeGo is an app which takes the students through a college-going information course, but it does so in an interesting way. With the potential to send "cheers" to other friends using the app, the ability to track your own performance, and just generally good information, this app is actually kinda fun to use.
I personally downloaded it to play around with it, and I have been really impressed so far. The full experience would take a few days to complete at minimum, and it might not work well for all students due to its detailed nature. However, I'd recommend checking it out!
As always, we will keep you up to date with cool and interesting resources as they come along! Everything that comes through this blog will end up somewhere on the website for future use, so take a look around if you have the time.
If you have or find a great resource for us to talk about and share with our students, let us know through the Contact tab. We'll be happy to look it over! Thanks for your help!
Until next time,
Let's be honest: remembering to do stuff is hard. With friends, athletics, clubs, homework, family, etc. constantly demanding our attention and time, it can get a little hectic trying to remember to do what we need to for our own futures.
That is exactly what UpNext helps with!
Created by "a team of education experts, ... a digital and design firm, and... a nonprofit that promotes sensible government policies," UpNext is a text-based reminder system that helps keep you up to date with the things you need to get done, like college applications and the FAFSA. UpNext even helps out with reminding you of important things after college, like paying off student loans!
The system is simple, personalized to you, and honestly, pretty cool for a government initiative. At the very least, it may be worth taking a look at.
With a new academic year upon us and a reinvigorated push to assist the students of our area, we decided it was time to freshen up our outreaches to the community by reworking our website, increasing our social media outreach, and adding a new logo!
The new logo incorporates our head organization's logo (Niswonger Foundation) embraced with a red "C" which represents both our partnering organization, the CARE Foundation of America, and our commitment to serving our region's high schools.
The changes to the website (which are still being worked on currently!) will hope to provide easy access to resources for our students, parents, and counselors while also serving as a source of information about our program.
This coupled with our increased presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram will help keep you informed, so feel free to follow us at the following links:
We hope this will help us improve our program even more, and if there is a way that we can improve our site, pages, or program, let us know in our Contact form! Thanks, and we look forward to the coming year serving you!
- The NiswongerCARE Team