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This is your pal Reuben, Crusade Advisor at PAIS and Cooley. I just wanted to applaud all of the Crusaders that attended our Career Expo 2008. For the second year in a row, Crusaders represented and showed up to a program during SCHOOL VACATION…can you believe that? There were over one hundred kids each day, and although Mother Nature put a damper on the last day, I know that we all had a good time learning about different career choices and high school courses needed to succeed in those careers.

I also wanted to remind seniors that you still have to be very pro-active in the college application process. Your work is not done just because you have applied to a college or completed a FAFSA. Colleges and universities will be sending you a lot of paperwork in order for them to make sure that you are the right fit for their school. It is imperative that you send all paperwork back to the schools in a timely manner. You do not want to lose an opportunity for an excellent education due to procrastination.

Seniors must also follow up on their FAFSA and student aid report. If you wait too long the available money will be gone. Juniors should be registering for the SAT. This is a great time to get acclimated to standardized testing. Be warned though, you can only use two waivers in your lifetime. A waiver is a slip that pays the $43 SAT registration fee. So take the test once this year and again next year. Freshmen and sophomores must remember to sign up for college visits and start thinking about your future now. Remember, if you start focusing on your path of success now, then your road to it will prove to be enjoyable and free of pitfalls.

I’m out of here like a bald professor.

posted by: Reuben Tillman III

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