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Episode 121: How 8th Graders Can Prepare for High School

May 10, 2022

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The transition from middle school to high school can be daunting because the opportunities are endless and choices can feel overwhelming. But, today’s guest, Melanie Talesnick, who is a current high school counselor, gives advice to parents and students on how to make the transition into this new chapter easier. Melanie talks about the importance of focusing on your student’s interests and creating a four year plan as a guideline to their journey through high school.

Key Takeaways:

  • Reflect on your child and consider what type of student they are, as well as what their work ethic is like
  • Parents – while your child’s educational journey may be a partnership at times, it is their journey at the end of the day.
  • Consider the full picture when it comes to thinking about graduation requirements and if they want to go to college.
  • Create a four year plan, but make it in pencil. You must be flexible because circumstances change.
  • Focus on your student’s interests. Take note of requirements that need to be completed to help them reach their future goals.
  • Be mindful of balance. Make sure that your student is being challenged, but not overwhelmed.

Important Resources and Links:

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Meet Melanie Talesnick

Melanie Talesnick has spent her professional career in a variety of settings. After graduating from the University of Delaware with a double major in Marketing and Management, she worked for the National Basketball Association (NBA). Despite the perks of travel and working with professional athletes, she felt unfulfilled, except when working with grassroots organizations to develop recreational programs for kids. This experience led Melanie to pursue a career in teaching and athletic coaching. She ultimately earned her Master’s degree in Student Personnel Services from Montclair State University and a Certificate in College Counseling with Distinction from UCLA.

As a high school counselor for over 10 years, Melanie was always drawn to the college process. At the same time, utilizing her entrepreneurial nature, she founded Admit U Consulting to focus solely on working with students and families outside of the high school setting. She quickly emerged as a leader in the counseling office and ended her career at Morristown High School as the College Counselor. In 2015, she left public education to manage Admit U full-time. Melanie is a Professional Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), and sits on the National Advisory Board for a private liberal arts university. Melanie is also a Certified Educational Planner (CEP), a distinction held by only a handful of consultants in the state of New Jersey. She frequently attends conferences, workshops, and visits colleges and universities domestically and abroad.

Melanie is truly a student’s biggest fan and supporter. Her passion, skills, and overall knowledge have helped students find their “best-fit” at numerous colleges across the country. She has helped thousands of students achieve their post-secondary goals and believes that the relationships she forms with other professionals, admissions representatives, and university officials offer a unique perspective to the college admissions process. When not editing college essays, Melanie loves cheering for the NY Yankees, seeing Broadway shows, playing tennis, and going to the beach. Melanie’s enthusiasm and passion for all things college is contagious!

Thank you Melanie for all of the advice you have given to parents and students about the transition from middle school to high school. Taking the time to reflect on your student’s interests and strengths, while also balancing what they need to accomplish, allows for the creation of a four year plan that can help a student navigate high school. While having an academically rigorous plan with extracurriculars is critical, making sure that there is balance in your student’s life is just as important.

Episode 121 Full Transcript

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