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Title: SMART Goals Part II


1
SMART Goals Part II
  • Ms. M. Mack
  • May 21, 2009
  • Chemistry I and Physical Science

2
Lets Review!
  • What does the acronym S.M.A.R.T. stand for?
  • Can anyone explain what SMART goals are?

3
List of Schools
  • Make a list of 3-5 schools of interest.
  • Make a list of 1-3 majors that you would like to
    pursue.
  • Are you certain that you are interested in this
    area of study?
  • Are you aware of its demands and challenges as
    well as benefits and contributions to society?

4
Admissions Requirements
  • Each school has a set of admissions requirements
    that include, but are not limited to the
    following
  • High School Diploma or Equivalent (GED)
  • Minimum GPA (usually 2.5 or higher)
  • Minimum standardized test scores CPT, ACT, SAT
  • Volunteer Hours
  • Extra-curricular and community involvement.

5
Where do I stand?
  • Compile a list of the requirements listed on the
    previous slide
  • My GPA is __________.
  • My standardized scores are _______.
  • I have ________ volunteer hours.
  • I participate in the following activities_____
  • My anticipated graduation year is ______.

6
Choosing a Major
  • Choosing a major can be an arduous task,
    especially when you are interested in more than
    one field of study.
  • Some students decide to major and minor
  • It is very important to choose wisely when
    selecting a major. Although it can be changed, it
    is not the most favorable to graduate and
    professional schools to see that a students has
    changed majors multiple times.
  • They want to see that you know what you want and
    that you can stick to it!

7
Major
  • My anticipated major will be ________
  • If you have not yet decided, be honest with
    yourself!
  • This plan must be SMART and you should choose
    undecided until you have reached a decision.
  • Plan to attend college fairs and seminars held in
    the spring of your senior year to get some ideas.
  • Request brochures from your schools of interest!

8
Questions?
9
How will I pay for college?
  • The federal government allots financial
    assistance to students in both undergraduate and
    graduate/professional programs
  • There are 3 main types of financial aid.
  • Can you name them?

10
Types of Financial Aid
  • Scholarships
  • Free money often granted for academic
    achievement or social affiliation.
  • You often have to apply for scholarships and
    complete essays, but this money DOES NOT have to
    be paid back upon graduation.

11
Types of Financial Aid
  • Grants
  • Free money, often provided through the federal
    government or through organizations.
  • This money DOES NOT have to be paid back.
  • Loans
  • Subsidized
  • Unsubsidized
  • Must be paid back

12
More on Loans
  • Subsidized Loans
  • The federal government will pay the interest on
    the loan while you are in school.
  • The loan must begin payment following graduation
    after your grace period ends (usually 6 months)
  • Unsubsidized Loans
  • You must pay the interest on these loans as you
    go
  • Usually arranged in easy monthly installments

13
Financial Aid Tips
  • Apply early!
  • Get as few loans as possible!
  • SAVE money when you can!
  • Live on a manageable budget.

14
How do I apply for financial aid?
  • www.fafsa.ed.gov

15
Information for my FAFSA
  • General Background Information
  • 2010 Tax Return-both you and your parent
  • Plans to stay on-campus or off-campus
  • Electronic pin- stands as a signature.
  • Please visit the pin site www.pin.ed.gov.

16
Personal Statement
  • Each college application will be accompanied by
    the following
  • Application fee
  • Essays
  • Writing a generic personal statement will help
    you gather the information you need in order to
    successfully complete any essay on any topic

17
Assignment
  • Purchase a folder (with pockets) and fill it with
    loose leaf paper.
  • On the outside, put the title S.M.A.R.T. Goals
  • Transfer the activities we do to your notebook
  • Next week We will devise a timeline!

18
Questions to answer by 5-27-09
  1. Who am I?
  2. Why do I want to go to college?
  3. What is my future goal?
  4. Why do I want to work in this particular field?
  5. What have I been doing to prepare myself to work
    in this area of study?
  6. What challenges in life have made me stronger?
  7. What do I value the most?
  8. If I have academic struggles, what will I do?
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