What´s your dream school? How to start creating a college list

Going to have some extra time over the Carnaval holiday? Why not spend it thinking about what colleges you may want to apply to?

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There´s several ways to build a college list. The most important part is research, research, research! Second, you need to have a balanced list with your reach/dream schools, target schools and safeties or “likely” schools.

For US colleges, the College Board website has a free tool you can use to list out some of your preferences and look for schools. Other great resources include US News website and the Fiske Guide to Colleges (Debbie has a copy in her office!).

Try to think of some factors that are important to you (or not) like: location (urban? rural? east coast? west coast? another country?), weather, ranking (national and/or specific to your intended major), acceptance rate, % of international students, etc.

Then start researching! Go to each college´s website and try to learn more about that school. Your initial list might have 20-30 schools and then we´ll filter down to approximately 10 around the time of applying.

It´s never too early to start dreaming about what school you´re excited about…

Have questions? Come talk to Olavo or Debbie.

 

 

Departamento Internacional oferece atendimento personalizado

Frente a crescente demanda de serviços internacionais no mundo contemporâneo, o Bandeirantes passa a contar com toda a experiência de Deborah Mason Pontual.

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Debbie atua no Departamento Internacional do Colégio, junto com o coordenador Prof. José Olavo de Amorim, como uma facilitadora na realização de aplicações para universidades no exterior e programas de verão, por exemplo.

“É extremamente importante que tenhamos uma pessoa única e exclusivamente dedicada aos alunos que desejam estudar no exterior, pois, dessa forma, todos recebem um atendimento mais personalizado e efetivo”, comentou o Prof. Olavo.

Formada com honras em 2005 no curso de Economia da “University of Chicago”, Debbie também realizou seu MBA pela “Wharton School na University of Pennsylvania” na área de finanças. Até 2014 atuou no mercado financeiro em Nova Iorque e São Paulo, quando decidiu atuar com educação na “Guided”, renomada Consultoria Educacional voltada para o Exterior.

“Tive meu primeiro contato com os alunos do Band quando eu apresentava palestras na empresa de Consultoria e, desde então, fiquei deslumbrada pelo calibre da criatividade, intelecto e seriedade deles ”, pontuou Debbie.

Por fim, a nova integrante do Departamento Internacional falou a respeito da mudança do mercado financeiro para o meio educacional. “Poder auxiliar alguém na realização de um sonho é algo muito gratificante. ”, disse.

A demanda por cursos no exterior continua a crescer. Debbie já fez mais de 20 reuniões com pais e alunos nas últimas duas semanas. “Muitas vezes os alunos acham impossível ter uma boa aceitação lá fora, mas não é. Ficar organizado durante o processo de aplicação, tendo um cronograma e entendendo todos os passos facilita muito. Quanto antes eles começarem a focar nisso, melhores serão os resultados ”, explicou Debbie.

Ela está disponível para atendimento todos os dias na sala B26 do Colégio.

Are you following Universities on Snapchat?

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Did you know a great way to learn more about universities is by following them on Snapchat?

Several US colleges and universities now have Snapchat accounts where you can follow a student´s day and get to know more about what life on campus would be like.

Here are some great ones to follow…if the college you like is not on the list, try searching for it as most universities have an account!

Harvard – discoverharvard
Wharton – whartonschool
MIT – mitstudents
Columbia – ColumbiaU
Princeton – Princeton_u
Duke – dukestudents
University of Michigan – UofMichigan

Mudanças nos Essays do Common App

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Para quem irá aplicar para universidades americanas esse ano ou em 2018, foram anunciados os “essay prompts” do Common App de 2017-2018 e tiveram algumas mudanças. Várias perguntas foram modificadas e novas perguntas foram inclusas. Confira abaixo as mudanças (revisões em itálico):

1. Some students have a background, identity, interest or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. [No change]

2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? [Revised]

3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome? [Revised]

4. Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma — anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. [No change]

5. Discuss an accomplishment, event or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others. [Revised]

6. Describe a topic, idea or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more? [New]

7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design. [New]

Na página do Common App tem mais informações: https://www.commonapp.org/whats-appening/application-updates/common-application-announces-2017-2018-essay-prompts