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Recruitment Tips December 2017


The pressures of the world seem to be everywhere lately.  Maybe it’s because I’m a Mom with two small kids, or maybe because I’m a school administrator and I see so many children each day, but I feel as though that pressure keeps inching closer and closer to our children in all that they do.  I think that’s why this article (CLICK HERE) made me smile.  At first glance, titled “The Surprising Secrets of College Admission”, you assume author Joel L. A. Peterson has tried to reel parents in by capitalizing on that pressure cooker of a topic – The College Admission Process – and handing parents a lengthy list of all the details they better start pressuring their junior or senior with.  What a pleasant surprise to realize how wrong I was!

The article is a simple, five step outline in “putting things in perspective”.  Something we all need once in awhile! My favorite is #4 on his list: The Earlier You Start Preparing for College Admission, the Better! Anyone who has ever attended one of my college nights knows how important this is to me.  Peterson reminds students and their parents that colleges require you to demonstrate a track record, a history of who you are.  He states that whether it’s a history of good grades, a history of winning soccer games, or a history of community service, you cannot go back in time to create it!

These are the moments I pause, take a breath, and feel thankful for our club.  The commitment our coaches show to helping each and every player create their own unique “history”, and the support they provide through things like the Elite Program and College Nights illustrate the investment we have all made in helping our players long after they leave the field. Savannah United players create a history of dedication, tenacity, time management, leadership, and service.  These important skills will serve them in college and the world beyond, and come together beautifully in scholarship and application essays.  Our players are able to be authentic, and let their experiences speak for themselves.

No matter where you are in the process, pause and take a moment to read the article (CLICK HERE).  Resist the urge to feel the pressure the world is pushing on your shoulders, and remember that you are part of a supportive community of professionals dedicated to preparing players to navigate all pressure in stride.

We are here to help! Not sure where you are in the process, or where you need to be? Looking for help getting started on an essay, or putting together an athletic profile? I’m an email away – [email protected]

With Warm Regards,

Anne

Anne Weisel

Savannah United

College Counselor

[email protected]



Recruitment Tips September/October 2017

Welcome to Fall Financials! This time of year always brings the topic of financial planning up in families with a senior getting ready to go off to college.  In addition to the usual topics, this year also reviews the "Prior-Prior Year" (PPY) policy allowing families to file their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) earlier than years past, and using tax information from two years prior. Often an overwhelming topic, the feedback below is designed to provide a student athlete perspective to navigating the financial conversations that may be coming up in the coming months. Additionally, check out the updated scholarship section of the Savannah United website for a list of helpful websites, guidance, and scholarship options!

Prior-Prior Year and FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) is the form used to determine a student's eligibility for Financial Aid.  Filed annually online, the FAFSA provides a summary of a student's financial profile to colleges and universities to determine eligibility for certain types of financial aid.  Used most specifically for federal loan, grant, and scholarship programs, all families should take the time to complete a FAFSA.  Many colleges and universities also use the data provided from the FAFSA to guide their scholarship awards.  This year, students can complete the FAFSA starting on October 1st.  Tax information from the 2016 year will be used, hence the prior-prior year title.

Helpful Links:

7 Things You Need for the 2018/19 FAFSA

Important FAFSA Deadlines

CSS Profile

The College Scholarship Service Profile, or CSS, is a private service coordinated by the College Board for member colleges and universities.  A fee-based product, some colleges and universities use the more detailed report to distribute their institutional scholarship funds. You only need to complete a CSS Profile if the specific college or university you're applying to requires it.

Scholarships

Often one of the best financial aid options for student athletes, scholarships come from a range of places and bring with them a range of criteria.  Often our athletes find that due to the exclusive dedication they've shown to soccer, the diversity in their high school activity portfolio is not as wide.  This does not rule out scholarships looking for active high school students! Spending time reflecting on a player's high school experiences and how they've shaped who they are as a student, athlete, friend, and community member can help cast new light on scholarship applications highlighting characteristics like leadership or service.  The dedication and time management required of our competitive club athletes is significant, and the tenacity and focus it takes to remain committed to a peer group outside of high school is a notable character trait in our players.  Often overcoming life circumstances like relocation, family transition, grief and loss, and peer pressure while maintaining a balanced GPA, part-time or summer job, and responsibilities to family makes our Savannah United players stand out in a scholarship pool.  Even when the scholarship doesn't target soccer specifically, our players are uniquely qualified applicants to highlight leadership, service, time management, and a community service focus.  

Struggling to find your voice in an application? Reach out for help! Don't forget, this is why you have a soccer-specific college counselor available to you! I'm only an email away, and happy to spend time helping you navigate the many layers of the college search process.  

With Warm Regards,

Anne

Anne Weisel

Savannah United

College Counselor

[email protected]

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