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ROTTERDAM: Door always open at guidance office

Pauley advises parents to be as involved as possible.

"If your family is ever driving through a town with a college in it, stop and look at the campus," she said. "Even if your child isn't interested, at least he or she will get a good idea of why they aren't interested."

Pauley said narrowing down a student's likes and dislikes is important in picking the right college.

She said that it's not as hard to get into college as some people think.

"Most two-year colleges will take students with GEDs," she said, adding that, "Many colleges have increased their competitiveness."

Pauley also advised students and parents to apply to schools regardless of their ability to pay. Higher education is getting expensive, but Pauley said there are many opportunities for financial aid, and there are plenty of scholarship opportunities. The guidance office has various folders with different regional and national scholarship applications. Also, applications are available on the school's Web site.

On Wednesday, Jan. 3, the guidance office sponsored a "Filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)" workshop, and Pauley said the event was well-attended.

Two more college prep nights are scheduled for the month.

An information night for parents of juniors will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 24, and an eighth-grade information night coupled with a "Career Pathways" program will be held Wednesday, Jan. 31.

Career Pathways gives students the opportunity to earn college credit by completing a series of electives in a given area, such as advertising, communications and manufacturing.

For more information, the high school guidance's Web site at www.mohonasen.org/03guidance/guidance.htm offers college preparation tips for each grade level and for each month of the year. ""

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