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  • Julie Manhan

    Title: Founder
    Company: College Navigation

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    College Specializations
    California Lutheran University, Dominican University of California, University of San Francisco, Santa Clara University, Saint Marys College of California, The College of Idaho, Bentley University, Clark University, College of Saint Benedict, St. John's University-New York, Oregon State University, University of Portland, Gonzaga University, Western Washington University, Landmark College
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    Colleges I Attended
    Seattle University Sonoma State University (post grad credits)
    Bachelor's Degree
    Professional Affiliations
    Prior Job
    Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart
    Prior Title
    College Counselor
    About Me
    I have been an educational professional for over 25 years. As a high school teacher, administrator, and college counselor, I have had the opportunity to work with students of all academic abilities and backgrounds and am acutely aware of the needs of the students and parents with whom I works. I bring the extensive experience and notable resources that come from being a college counselor in college prep high schools. I also am a member of CollegeData's panel of experts and write for MyUsea

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  • Admissions Expertise

    • Any tips on getting the most out of campus tours and info sessions?


      Be prepared. Make a list of the things you want to see and questions you would like answered. Do more than take a tour and sit in on an info session. Take the opportunity to find out about things that are important to you. (i.e. prospective Art majors, should make arrangements in advance to tour the studios and speak with a professor.) Stop by the Career Center and check out what services and internships are available. Plan to have lunch in the dining commons to meet current students and hear the kinds of things they are discussing. "Walk the halls and read the walls." Here you will see student artwork, research projects, and upcoming social events. Pick up a school newspaper to get a sense of issues students are concerned about. Before you leave, sit and write down your impressions so you can remember them when you get home. Don't forget to check out the surrounding neighborhood as you drive away.

    • As a high school junior, what are the most important things for me to do before senior year?


      Contrary to popular belief, senior year is definitely not the time to slack off and take it easy. That is because colleges tend to look for and choose students who they believe are likely to be academically successful at their school. The best things you can do to show them that are to maintain strong grades and sign up to take challenging courses next year. By choosing to take more rigorous classes, and succeeding in them, you demonstrate to colleges that you have both the motivation to take on new challenges and the preparation needed to do college level work.

    • What are some convenient, well-paying jobs for students who need to work while in college?


      You won’t even need to leave campus to find a wide variety of good jobs. Just be smart about the type of job you look for. Look for a job that will give you money and experience in your field of interest because that experience could open up greater opportunities for you.  Find out if that department is hiring and make every effort to land a job there.   Don’t be afraid to start with a seemingly “lowly” position.  If you distinguish yourself by doing your best, jobs with more responsibility – and possibly better pay – are more likely to follow.

    • What are some of the most unexpected costs for incoming freshman?


      Even though the cost of books is often figured into what is called the “total cost of attendance”, that estimate could turn out to be quite low – especially if you choose to buy new textbooks at the university bookstore. There you could end up paying hundreds of dollars for a single textbook.  However, by doing a little online research, you may be able to save money by finding and buying a used copy of the same textbook or a new one at a discounted price. You may even be able to rent it!  

    • Is it possible to negotiate the school's offer?


      The answer is a definite "maybe". Most schools are willing to re-evaluate your financial aid offer if there has been a change in your family’s financial situation since you submitted the FAFSA (i.e. unemployment, serious illness). However, many colleges have a strict “No Negotiating” policy. There are a few colleges out there that may be willing to “sweeten” your financial aid offer, but your chances of that happening are best if you are an excellent student, the school is your first choice and the extra aid is essential to your being able to attend.

    • I was rejected from my top school and waitlisted at my second choice. How do I pick a backup?


      How great that several other schools really want you to be a student there! I would compare your backup schools side-by-side to see which ones best meet your criteria for things you are looking for in a college, then go visit those schools.  If possible, attend the events offered specifically for admitted students.  Talking with faculty and potential classmates can give you valuable insights you just can’t get anywhere else.  If you can picture yourself living and learning with these people for the next four years, you’ve likely found the best school for you.

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