Navigating the College Process - Game Script The "in's and out's" of finding the right college for you


Background

Kelly is 17 years old and about to begin her final year of high school. It's an important year: prom, high school graduation, and COLLEGE. Exciting, right? For Kelly, the idea of applying to universities, visiting campuses, and choosing a major is overwhelming to say the least. She has done some research and chose you to join an expert panel that will give her advice and guide her in navigating the college process. 

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Mrs. Banks Financial Advisor

For the past 8 years you have provided dozens of clients with specialist advice on how to manage their money. Your favorite part of being a Financial Advisor is that moment when you establish trust with your client and they feel comfortable talking to you.


Your Task

Dear Mrs. Banks, you need to work together with the panel in order to give Kelly the best advice possible. Your job is to explain the financial aspect of the college process.. Try to establish your arguments using the resources offered to you. They are worth reading...


Resources

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Mr. Samson High School Guidance Counselor

You have been a guidance counselor for 11 years and have seen thousands of students go through the process of college applications. Every year you try to give each of your students advice and resources to ease their stress.


Your Task

Dear Mr. Samson, you need to work together with the panel in order to give Kelly the best advice possible.. The application process is long and involves many parts. With your experience, i'm sure you will be of great assistance.


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Miss Stephens College Admissions Coordinator

Your college experience was amazing but after graduating you felt that you could use your skills to assist incoming students so that they have more resources than you did.


Your Task

Dear Miss Stephens, you need to work together with the panel in order to give Kelly the best advice possible. Your expertise as a college admissions coordinator will be of great assistance to her.


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Ariana College Student

As a young girl your biggest aspiration was to go to college and eventually become a doctor. As a sophomore in college, you have already been through the process of applying to universities and adapting to life as a college student.


Your Task

Dear Ariana, you need to work together with the panel in order to give Kelly the best advice possible. Your experience as a college student will be of great assistance to her.


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Alex Motivational Speaker

College isn't for everyone but you shouldn't sit around, but that doesn't mean you should do nothing after graduating high school. You took this idea and started giving lectures and presentations to high school seniors to show them that choosing to not attend college doesn't have to be negative.


Your Task

Dear Alex, you need to work together with the panel in order to give Kelly the best advice possible. You have had the chance to hear the voices of thousands of young people and your experiences as a motivational speaker will be of great assistance!


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Scene 1: The College Application Process - HELP



1.

Public Message

Hello and thank you so much for meeting with me! I am 17 years old and in a few months I need to begin the long process of applying to college. The only problem is.. I don't know where to start! That's where you guys come in. Each of you are experienced in different fields and I am hoping that you can help guide me to successfully navigate the college process.



2.

Private (a while after previous message)

Mrs. Banks:

College is expensive and there is a huge possibility that I'm going to have to take out a loan.. What is a loan? Are there different kinds of loans? Which one is the best for me? ...HELP

Mr. Samson:

Based on the resources given, you should explain the initial process of applying to college. How can Kelly prepare for the SATs? Explain what College Board is and how it is beneficial.

Miss Stephens:

Based on the resources given, you should explain how to do research on the universities of interest. How can Kelly choose the right school for her?

Ariana:

Based on the resources given, you should explain the process of adapting to the college environment. From a student perspective, how do you establish a good work ethic (note-taking, study skills)? Tell Kelly about the different resources on campus that will help her get by!

Alex:

Based on the resources given, you should explain the alternative choices that high school graduates have instead of going to university.



3.

Private (a while after previous message)

Mrs. Banks:

Can you tell me a bit more about financial aid? I want to explore all of my options.

Mr. Samson:

I've heard of something called the Common Application and I know that a lot of universities accept them. What is the Common Application? 

Miss Stephens:

Almost 1/2 of US college students change their major during their Undergraduate degree. Is it better to go to a school that has a wide variety of majors or should I choose based on the one I currently want to pursue?

Ariana:

College is difficult to adapt to for a lot of students. How do you manage your time? What do you do if you don't understand an assignment or subject.. Do you talk to your professor or do you rely on the textbook?

Alex:

This whole process of applying to college seems really stressful and I don't even know what major I'm going to choose! Do I have any other options? I'd like to learn about volunteering opportunities and maybe even vocational school.



4.

Public Message (a while after previous message)

Watch the following video about the student debt crisis and pay close attention to what it is talking about. After, discuss this crisis and possible ways of dealing with it.



5.

Public Message (a while after previous message)

Remember - the objective of this meeting is to integrate each of your expertise in order help Kelly navigate the college process (before, during, after). Part of that is helping her avoid the debt crisis that effects so many students.. 

Time to vote!



Vote

[username], after all you heard and said, what to you think is the best way for college students/ recent graduates to avoid the college debt crisis?



Option 1
Apply for a loan (Private or Federal)
Option 2
Apply for financial aid
Option 3
Other - discuss in class


Ending message for when most people voted for option



Option 1

The majority of the panel decided that applying for a Federal OR Private loan is the best option. Many experts have advise those who are looking to decrease their student debt to "never borrow any private student loan money."


Option 2

The majority of the panel decided that applying to financial aid is the best option. About two-thirds of full-time students pay for college with the help of financial aid in the form of grants and scholarships. 


Option 3

The majority of your group chose another option to avoid the college debt. During the class discussion, explain your proposal.




Discussion Points

  • Explain the college debt crisis. Why is this a problem?
  • What is the difference between Federal and Private loans?
  • Discuss something new that you learned that will help you during your own college application experience