When is an extracurricular good enough?

When is an extracurricular good enough?

By Tim Parros Every student is different. They have different passions and are driven for different reasons. Some students don’t aspire to attend highly selective schools so they are not too worried about the activities that they are involved in outside of school. But even if the school is not selective these activities can be to key to being awarded merit (free) money from the school and set them apart from their classmates. Students also have to balance many competing obligations, includin....

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The Road Traveled

The Road Traveled

By Liz Boyd From someone that took a roundabout way to their career, to the parents considering hiring Parros College Planning. Today, I’m at Parros College Planning as their PR and Social Media Marketer, however, when I was in the 11th grade at Pioneer High School, that’s not where I thought I’d end up in my mid 20’s. 11th grade is when I should have looked ahead further and taken my future into my own hands. But instead, all I felt was ‘being overwhelmed’. I didn’t know what I....

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To ACT or to SAT, that is the question.

To ACT or to SAT, that is the question.

By Liz Boyd and Kim Parros If you're in high school, you may be wondering whether you should take the SAT or the ACT. In general, the two tests have gotten much more similar since the SAT was revamped in 2016, but there are still a few differences that may sway you towards one or the other. The SAT & ACT What Is It? The SAT and the ACT are some of the most important tests that you will take in your high school career. The scores on these tests are part of what many colleges will be lookin....

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How to Read an Award Letter

How to Read an Award Letter

By Kim Parros, Lisa Schmidt, and Liz Boyd Good news: Award Letters are right around the corner! An Award Letter is different from your Acceptance Letter. The Financial Aid Award Letter should contain the true cost to attend the college (room, board, tuition, books, and travel) along with loans, scholarships, and merit aid. I say “should” because they don’t always follow the same format. You may have already received your Acceptance Letter, this can be thought of as a “welcome” letter....

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