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Facebook Live Recap: Ask America's College Counselor (4.27.22)

My April session of Ask America's College Counselor brought out questions from students and parents on topics like letters of recommendation, AP scores, waitlists, and much more!

If you missed this month's Facebook Live Q&A, keep reading for a list of some of the questions I answered and to watch the full video.

  • What do you recommend students provide to their teachers when asking for a recommendation letter (resume, brag sheet etc.)?
  • If a school states in the Common Data Set that it requires three years of a foreign language and my daughter only has two years, should she even apply?
  • Can a letter of recommendation from a school counselor be added under “Teacher” or “Other” if no counselor letter is required?
  • My junior has completed four years of Spanish. Should she take a 5th year of Spanish or is it okay to take another class that she's really interested in?
  • If I have a C in AP Calculus, but the teacher is willing to give me a recommendation letter, should I include that?
  • My junior has been visiting colleges, taking campus tours, attending info sessions, and did a "student for a day" program. Should he send thank you notes after each one?
  • Beyond a letter of continued interest, what can a student do to continue to show interest in a school where they are waitlisted?
  • What are your thoughts on a 6-week fully-funded research program for my rising junior this summer?
  • Which will appeal to colleges more: Participating in a collegiate program in high school or taking AP courses instead?
  • If a student is good at both STEM and arts/music and would like to apply for a STEM major for college, does it make sense to emphasize exceptional capabilities in the field of art/music in his college application?
  • When should a student start setting up interviews at colleges they plan to apply to?
  • Is it okay for a Hispanic student to get one of her letters of recommendation from her Honors 4 Spanish teacher?
  • When you take AP exams, should you opt to send the free score report to colleges?
  • If you have a 3 on the AP exam in the subject matter you want to major in, should you submit that score to colleges?

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