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Author: Joyce Slayton Mitchell

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Joyce Slayton Mitchell, former public and school college counselor, author of WHO IS THIS KID? COLLEGES WANT TO KNOW! Writing Exercises for Winning Applications, 2019; 8 First Choices: Strategies for Getting in, 4th Edition, 2020. Education Consultant for U.S. College Admissions, US and China.

Posted April 5, 2021, 1:01 p.m. by Joyce Slayton Mitchell | View Comments
college freshmen

Seniors, the month of April is your month. It is when the power to choose your college and send your deposit to reserve your freshman place is all yours. Due May 01. April is your month. Pandemic year. This year is different. Questions are different. You have to ask: Is the campus planning to be open next September or not? Is the college bringing freshmen to their dorms or not? What is the meal plan on campus? Are classes in-person or online? Or both? These are the basic questions for you to ask and results (for the moment) to understand ...

Posted Oct. 28, 2020, 10 a.m. by Joyce Slayton Mitchell | View Comments
college applications

Change. Change is and will be the action word in your life now and for the next few academic years. “Oh no! I’m a senior – my last year of high school. Senior year is supposed to be my big, happy (after I get into college) last year of high school. It’s supposed to be the time when I figure out where in this whole country I want to apply to and go to college. I’ve been thinking and dreaming of my senior year all through high school.” As have all seniors… and so let’s think together of how to ...

Posted July 23, 2020, 12:15 p.m. by Joyce Slayton Mitchell | View Comments
class of 2024

Change. Change is and will be the action word in your life now and for the next few academic years. Easy for the rest of us to say, and so hard for you and your family to hear, imagine, and figure out. There is change from the colleges every day about what to do with their freshman class of 2024. You will have heard of online classes for next year, new registration dates, change in prices, students on or not on campus and in or not in residence halls. Classes for on-campus students for one-semester, followed by a semester online. ...

Posted April 28, 2020, 8:21 a.m. by Joyce Slayton Mitchell | View Comments
Empty lecture seats

Trying to imagine applying to college is hard to do. Being at home instead of at school with your friends, teachers, friends, school counselor, and friends is not where you want to be. Not knowing when or if your senior year will begin in September is almost impossible to imagine. Let’s agree that it is what it is. Stay Connected While Applying to College From Home Most important is to get and stay in touch with your teachers and school counselor throughout the college application process. If you haven’t heard from your guidance (college) counselor, email him or her today. ...

Posted April 23, 2020, 9:56 a.m. by Joyce Slayton Mitchell | View Comments
College Acceptances, Deposits and Waitlists in the Year of the Coronavirus

Seniors. You know your options. You’ve got your college decisions from the colleges. April is traditionally the month when the power is all yours. Once you have been accepted you can choose to accept or deny the college acceptance. Or if you were waitlisted, you can choose to waitlist and accept another college. I know. It doesn’t feel powerful. Emotions are high, feelings are on edge as you waited so anxiously for so long to hear from the colleges. Not to mention that this year adds a world problem to throw everyone off balance… the Coronavirus. The Class of 2020 ...