Rising Junior Diagnostic Testing Dates, TCM College Fair, College Visits & MORE!

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Hello, The College Map!

Sophomores enrolled in our test prep program are expected to pick one date to complete the ACT/SAT diagnostic to determine their strength test. Please email Mrs. Mitchell (juliemitchell@thecollegemap.com) with your date preference.

Saturday, May 18th 10:00-noon
Sunday, May 26th noon-4:00 p.m.
Monday, June 3rd noon-4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 4th noon-4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 5th noon-4:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 6th noon-4:00 p.m.
Monday, June 10th 10:00-2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 11th 10:00-2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 12th 10:00-2:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 13th 10:00-2:00 p.m.
Friday, June 14th 10:00-2:00 p.m.


There is a scene in the 1998 movie, "You've Got Mail" where the movie's protagonist (played by Meg Ryan) is facing the closing of her quaint bookstore "The Shop Around The Corner" that she inherited from her mother. The movie's antagonist (played by Tom Hanks) has built a mega bookstore resulting in her customers being taken away. Tom Hanks' character justifies his actions by telling Ryan's character that "It isn't personal; it is just business" to which she retorts, "Well, it was personal to ME!"

College rejections just plain hurt. They ARE personal and matter – you wouldn't have applied if you did not care about the outcome. At the core of who we are as people is the need to feel wanted and thus, create a sense of belonging. We simply want to feel "good enough." Sadness and disappointment are expected feelings.

Curiously, at the heart of the word disappointment is "appointment." An appointment is a meeting, an encounter, a type of calling. Your college list is your appointment. There are schools that have accepted you – celebrate them and bask in the knowledge and feeling that you are wanted. Visit those schools again with your eyes and heart open to all of the amazing resources and opportunities available to you.

There is a plan for your life. A rejection is a recalculation to a different place. It is in this different place where you will pursue your academic interests, meet your lifelong friends, and discover what "school spirit" really means. The recalculation may just be a better route to your destination after all!

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Join us on Friday, February 22nd from 3pm-5pm for our 2nd Annual College Fair!

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College Visits 101

When should I start college visits? Students should begin taking official college visits as early as their freshman year and should not wait until their very busy junior year when it is harder to miss school. In addition, you definitely should not wait to tour schools your senior year.

College visits are important in developing a balanced college list prior to application season. Students need to know whether each school on their application list is a school where they could see themselves.

Will this college be a good fit for me? Do the students on this campus hold my same values? Will I be able to find my people? Does this school offer majors I am interested in? Does this school offer a study abroad program? How large are the classes? Will I be a name or a number? How available are my professors and will my classes be taught by professors?

If you are in high school you should be doing college visits NOW to help answer questions like these.

Please schedule an appointment with your college planning counselor to help prepare for your visits and answer any questions you have.

Don’t delay, schedule your visits today!

Bright Futures

Students must submit a completed Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) in order to be considered for State Scholarship & Grant Programs. Seniors, please Create a Student Account. After logging into your account, you may proceed to complete the FFAA.

The Bright Futures link can answer all of your questions:

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Writing workshops will be held Saturday, May 18, 2019 and Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 10:00 a.m.until Noon. Students in the class of 2020 must attend one of these two workshops. Please mark your calendars and plan accordingly.

Senior Boot Camps for the class of 2020 will be held for two weeks and we also ask that you plan your summer calendar with this in mind and attend all three days of at atleast one of the following weeks:

July 23, 24 & 25 or July 30, 31 & August 1st. All dates will be 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Please sign up at our Acuity Scheduler website!
See below for our new 2019 calendars.

Please register for the ACT at act.org OR SAT at collegeboard.org. Please note there are early registration deadline dates. You can register after the deadline date but a late fee will be required.

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January 19 Scholarships

Great Resource for January 2019 Scholarships
Attending college can be quite expensive for students and their families. Luckily, there are many college scholarships and contests available to help pay for a college education. Students should seek out and apply for scholarships in which they meet the eligibility requirements. Click here for January 2019 due dates.


There are many good scholarship search tools/engines on the internet. Their primary function is to assist you in finding scholarships that match the eligibility criteria you enter for GPA, gender, residency, ethnicity/heritage, religion and area of study, hobbies, interests — some of the most common criteria used. The College Map team recommends the following search engines:



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Please make sure to "click" or fill out as much information as possible. Once you've entered your information into the database, the search engine will generate a list of all current scholarships you qualify for. We recommend sorting that list by due date.


SENIORS! Institutional Scholarships

Institutional Scholarships are merit-based financial awards provided to you through the college/university you have applied to. Many of your schools will automatically consider you for scholarships, but please make sure that you are checking your individual school's websites for any additional freshman scholarships you may be eligible for that require a separate application. Several schools like, Auburn, Carnegie Mellon, Stetson and Alabama offer NON-automatic consideration scholarships.
We welcome seniors to attend boot camp on Wednesdays to work on scholarships after you have submitted your applications.


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Our private "Your Path" page contains details for upcoming deadlines, events, and important announcements. We encourage you to check it regularly! The password is case-sensitive:

Test Prep Schedules

Be sure to register for your spring test prep classes, available on the Your Path page and the Acuity Scheduler. Registration is mandatory; walk-ins may not be able to be accommodated.


Is there something you'd like to see in our newsletter? An event you'd like us to host? A friend you'd like to refer? Let us know by simply replying to this message.

Kind regards,

Your Team at The College Map

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