Business Of Getting Into College

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WBBM’s Business of Getting Into College
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel

1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg, 60173
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• Complimentary on-site parking
• low cost valet parking available
• Valet parking includes in/out privileges

8:30 to 10AM – Information Booths, Networking, Continental Breakfast
10AM to Noon – Business of Getting into College Panel discussion including Q&A

The Event:
Economics and academics come together for actionable ideas at WBBM’s 3rd Annual “Business of Getting Into College” event. If you are a high-schooler, we can walk you through the process of selecting, preparing and applying for the school of your dreams. And if you are the parent of a high-schooler, our esteemed panelists will provide you with real-world scenarios and suggestions on how to pay for it all. Join WBBM Saturday, May 19 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel for an interactive and information packed morning. Enjoy information booths and a continental breakfast early, then WBBM’s Kris Kridel moderates a panel featuring admissions and financial aid officers from Southern Illinois University, The University of Illinois, Notre Dame and DePaul, along with a New Trier high school counselor perspective. Admission is free but you must pre-register at TicketWeb

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5 Tips for Prospective College Students from the Experts!
We know that planning for college can be a nerve wrecking process. To get you energized for the upcoming Business of Getting Into College event, we asked some of the nation’s leading colleges and universities what their advice would be for preparing to enter into this next phase in life.

Your Application Checklist
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• Arrange to visit your selected colleges/universities
• Decide what you/your family can afford to spend annually
• Apply early to your selected colleges/universities
• Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
• Consider areas of interest for your major

Five Tips for Picking the Perfect College for You
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Make sure the college you select is:
1. Connected Locally and Internationally.
Look for a college that is active in its community with opportunities for learning and service—and is also part of a global network of schools. This equals great study-abroad programs, and international internship and employment opportunities for you!
2. Professional.
Check for instructors that are also currently practicing professionals outside the classroom, so you know their expertise is relevant and you’ll be learning from those in-the-know, now.
3. Relevant.
Internships are important. Nothing helps more than having hands-on, relevant experiences before you graduate. Look for schools that have strong internship programs, or better yet, have them built into required coursework.
4. Career Minded.
It’s never too early to start thinking about landing a great job after you graduate, and you want a college that will support you in getting there. Ask about graduate placement rates, professional development services, and even for a list of companies who have hired graduates.
5. Passionate
Strong academics are a must—but they aren’t the entire picture. Consider a school that captures your spirit, too. Passion shows up in the energy on campus, the connections you make with people and the creativity you see in the curriculum. Doing what you love for a living starts here.

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