Middle school classes that help with college applications

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Middle school classes that help with college applications

When we talk about thinking about college in middle school, we really want to take that with a grain of salt. There is so much pressure on high school students nowadays to think about their future and think about their college. We really don't want to ruin this childhood with middle school pressure. We want to be careful that we are not piling it on too thick. There is a couple of areas that I see frequently that are mistakes parents make that should have been addressed in middle school. They revolve around math and foreign language. Colleges really like to see four years of math. They love to see that senior year with an advanced math course. It is very difficult to take that advanced math as an Eight Grader. When you are talking about middle school, try to find one that offers Algebra in Eighth Grade. That's an important feature to look into. As far as a foreign language goes, again, it is difficult to get through an AP level foreign language if you haven't started the foreign language in middle school.

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Susan Eiges Hansen, president of Hansen College Strategies, is an Independent College Counselor based in Santa Monica, California. Since 2007, Sue has been committed to helping students both in California and throughout the United States navigate the college admissions process and develop optimal strategies for college placement. Sue began her practice working with student-athletes and experienced so many successful placements that she frequently received requests to work with all types of students. She has since expanded her practice and welcomes all students who are seeking knowledgeable and comprehensive college planning. Sue received her Bachelors degree from the University of Florida and Masters from California State University Northridge. She has her certificate in Independent Educational Consulting from the University of California at Irvine and stays up to date with trends in higher education by attending several college counseling conferences per year. Sue is a member of WACAC (Western Association for College Admission Counseling) and an Associate member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association). She is a frequent contributor to various higher education and college admissions websites as an author, panelist, and blogger and regularly presents seminars and talks for students and families about preparing for college. Prior to launching her college counseling career, Sue worked for twenty years at three major hospitals in the Los Angeles area as a program director, medical educator, and research librarian. Sue is the parent of two recent college graduates. Her older daughter graduated from the University of Virginia and her younger daughter from Stanford.

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