Workshops, Presentations and Other Valuable College Planning Events
Through presentations and seminars, I regularly share insights and tips from my 20 years’ experience in college planning and admissions counseling. Upcoming events are listed below.
If your company, community group, library or school would like to schedule an event, please call 412-521-GRAD (4723) or visit our Corporate Services page for more information.
Understanding the College Application Process
This seminar will help families uncover the mystery of the college admission process and separate fact from fiction. We'll discuss how grades, test scores, activities, and other factors play a role in how colleges make admission decisions. Participants will understand how to be the best applicant possible and discover scholarship and financial aid opportunities. Learn what your HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR should be doing now to prepare. Walk-ins welcome!
This interactive week-long series will guide high school students and parents through the complexities of the college admissions process. Discover how colleges make admission decisions, how to make an appropriate college list, how to reserach colleges, the importance of standardized testing, how to write a powerful essay, financial aid information and scholarships.
This course will help simplify college admissions and maximize your student's chance of acceptance to the schools of their choice.
We hope you can join us to learn more about what you can do to maximize your potential (and minimize stress) through the college admissions process!
Fewer than half of parents are saving for college, and those who do have college funds are saving less than they did in past years.
If you have family & friends that have teenage children please invite them as our guest.
PRESENTERS: Seth Dresbold: Principal and Senior Advisor of Signature Financial Planning will present the benefits of planning ahead for college and explain the potential tax benefits of the most popular savings vehicles.
Eva Gelman: Educational Consultant and owner of CollegeQuest will present ways to master the college admission process. Since 1991, Ms. Gelman has guided thousands of students through college planning and admissions to help them find the right fit, academically and personally.
Learn strategies to best present yourself through the Common Applications. Get personal insight and advice to create powerful essays. Completed applications and essays will be professionally reviewed and critiqued.
Winning the College Admission Game: Strategies for Success (Parenting Expo 2014)
2.5 Million. That's how many applicants are competing for colleges this year. Is there a magic formula for getting in? How do parents help their children make their applications stand out? What factors affect admission decisions?
Parenting Expo speaker Eva Gelman, founder of College Quest, says that a student’s grades in college-preparatory classes remain the most significant factor in college admission decisions.
Additional factors that influence admission decisions include:
Strength of course curriculum
Standardized test scores
Personal statements and essays
With more than 20 years of college admissions experience, Eva has worked with hundreds of families in the college planning and selection process. She provides an inside view of how applications are processed and reviewed, what admissions are really looking for, and what catches their attention. Prior to her independent work, Eva worked as Associate Director of Admission and Financial Aid for Carnegie Mellon University. She holds a Master’s Degree in Higher Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Communication Studies.
To learn more parenting tips from Eva and other leading parenting experts, visit Parenting Expo Pittsburgh http://www.parentingexpo.com/pittsburgh/ March 8 -9 at the Monroeville Convention Center. Parenting Expo is the one event that is all about parenting. A two-day family-friendly event, parents, grandparents, caregivers and educators will have an opportunity to receive up-to-date information on what’s important to them right now – from prenatal care to raising teens. In addition, attendees will walk away with meaningful coupons, giveaways, goody bags full of products from exhibitors, and opportunities to win prizes throughout the expo. In addition to Pittsburgh, Parenting Expo is slated for 4 additional cities in 2014:
Cleveland: April 26 – 27, 2014 International Exposition (IX) Center Columbus: August 16 – 17, 2014 The Greater Columbus Convention Center Cincinnati: September 20 – 21, 2014 The Duke Energy Convention Center Indianapolis: October 25 – 26, 2014 Indiana Convention Center
College Essay & Application Boot-Camp
Week #1: October 10, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Week #2: October 17, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Work College Planning Expert Eva Gelman.
Develop Application Strategy to Increase your College Acceptance Possibilities
Complete the Common Application Applications will be professionally reviewed & critiqued.
Get Personal Insight and Advice to Create Outstanding Essays
Construct a Meaningful Activities Resume Develop a formatted resume that highlights your involvements and experiences.
Parent Q & A Session Receive expert tips & strategies.
Students will be expected to bring laptops and complete assignments between sessions. If you have any questions, please call Eva at 412-521-GRAD (4723).
OTHER COLLEGE PLANNING EVENTS AND DEADLINES
Below are some events and dates that can help students and their families to better plan and prepare for college. Once you begin making a list of desirable schools, you should also ask about special events, visiting periods, presentations and deadlines involving those schools. If you’re looking for more general information, I’ve provided an extensive list of recommended links and downloads on my Planning Resources page.
NACAC Pittsburgh National College Fair
Free and open to the public, NACAC National College Fairs allow students to interact with admission representatives from a wide range of postsecondary institutions.
“Thanks again for guiding Jake through the
college application maze. With your counsel and knowledge of the
process he was able to present his best possible application and was
accepted Early Decision at Cornell. We will be forever grateful for