Archive for May 2018

Fun summer activities that can help you get into your school of choice

School is usually the last thing on a students mind once summer break begins. However, if you’re finishing your junior year, that might not apply to you. With college on the horizon, here is a list of (still) fun summer activities that might turn some heads in admissions and help you get into the school of your choice!

  • Road trip! Visit a few colleges you are interested in and make some connections at each campus. BONUS: If you visit any of our fourteen campuses and take a picture using the hashtag #WeAreTheIndependents you’ll be entered into our scholarship drawing that takes place every month. Four winners are drawn each month and get $2,000 to go to any of our member campuses! If you visit all fourteen schools you’ll be entered into the drawing fourteen times! Cha-Ching!
  • Travel abroad. Learning how to navigate outside your comfort zone shows some serious skills.
  • Make a website. This could be a website all about you and your interest and accomplishments. When applying for schools this would be a great asset to have.
  • Volunteer for an outside activity in your community. Gardening, cleaning up trash, and planting trees are all things you can do while still enjoying the nice summer weather.
  • Start a charity! Be that young entrepreneur that runs a lemonade stand and donates the proceeds.

There is already enough to stress about when it comes to preparing for college. These activities ensure that preparing for the next step can be fun!

Alma College Cheer Team Wins National Championship

Alma’s cheer program started six years ago, and to-date the Alma cheer team has placed second or better in their past 5 appearances at National Cheer Association College Nationals.  Most recently, the team has won their second consecutive national championship. Way to go Scots!

A Small School Might be a Perfect Match for you!

You know everyone at your high school. You love a close-knit community feel and bring that wherever you go.  You  appreciate it when your teachers take the time to get to know you. You meet with your teachers outside of class to go over information. You enjoy class discussions. You’re very involved – whether its athletics or student organizations. Firm believer that “good things come in small packages.” You’re a leader, not a follower. You make your own path.

If you agree with all (or most) of the statements above, a smaller school might be a perfect match for you. Check out what our member colleges and universities have to offer you here.

Be bold. Be different. Go independent.