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Friday, May 16, 2008

Tips for High School Students

We are excited to announce that Howard Chusid, Career Counselor, will be submitting posts to share his insight with our community. His work is sure to be a valuable addition to our blog. Mr. Chusid works with a wide range of individuals at various stages in their careers. In this first post, he shares some tips for the younger demographic of Aventura. Enjoy and please share it with those you believe will benefit.
Things to Consider for High School Juniors and Seniors

As the School Year is coming to a close, there are a number of important items that should not be forgotten!

For Juniors:

Start thinking about which colleges you want to compare and visit.
Take the SAT or ACT exams
Prepare questions for each school you which to attend and review with your college advisors.
Compare college expenses.

The worst mistake we make is to look at schools which may be academically suited but financially not. We need to have the discussion with parents, grandparents and all the funding sources of what is realistic and what is affordable. Additionally, start looking at financial aid resources. Complete the FAFSA-Your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit for financial aid consideration https://fafsa.ed.gov/

For Seniors:

Complete FAFSA https://fafsa.ed.gov/ and submit for financial aid consideration.
Review colleges that are interested in you, and schedule a visit.
Compare financial aid packages offered by different colleges.
Submit all forms as required.
Decide with parents what is affordable and what is not.
Review with college counselor which schools you are interested in attending.
Decide which school to attend and notify school.
Additionally, notify schools that you will not be attending. In this way, other applicants who are interested will be afforded an opportunity.
Review all financial aid packages, complete, sign and submit all required forms.
Check out the dorms if you are considering living on campus or apartments if you are considering living off campus. Start thinking about room mates, living costs and expenses.
Get ready to graduate and move on to the next step in your life pursuits.

Graduating feels great, enjoy the feeling and relax. Your life is just beginning.

Howard Chusid, M.S. Ed. is an experienced Career Counselor. He has the training and experience to give Career Assessments such as the Strong, MBTI, SDS and others. He is also a Registered Mental Health Intern and a member of the National Career Development Association, American Counseling Association and the American Psychological Association.

Visit the website at www.careerstrategiesfl.com

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