From Texas to Tulane: A Personal Story and Case Study for the College Consultant Network (CCN)

Brainsy, Inc.
Posted at October 17

In the spring of my daughter’s junior year in high school, she was just beginning to narrow down the list of colleges she might like to attend.  As we are what I might consider an upper middle class family, there was very little chance we would receive any need-based financial aid to reduce the burden of tuition payments.  We also have the good fortune of living in the state of Texas where there is a preponderance of good state schools.  So, we were left with the common quandary of state versus higher cost private schools.

I visited what is now called the College Consultant Network (CCN) and found the site informative and user-friendly.  

I advised my daughter to visit the site and offered to pay for any calls she made.  After viewing several profiles she chose Whitney Bruce, an Independent Education Consultant with more than 20+ years experience in education but who also been successful in the corporate world.  It was a simple process to request and confi...more

Categories: College Selection & List Development
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What is the College Consultant Network (CCN)?

Brainsy, Inc.
Posted at September 25

The College Consultant Network (CCN) is the first knowledge-sharing platform and social media network dedicated exclusively to independent education consultants whose primary activities include helping high school students and their families select a college, school or other program that is a “best fit” for the student. 

On the CCN, consultants can showcase their knowledge and expertise or interact directly with students and / or their families. The CNN also provides an interactive directory of helpful ancillary resources for students and / or consultants.  

The CCN is powered by Brainsy Inc. and was originally incubated in partnership with the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) but now operates collaboratively on a non-exclusive basis with any independent education association.  The long-term vision for the CCN is that it will be owned and operated by all members of the community that contribute to its growth and success. 
 
Students and their famil...more

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College to Career

Rana Slosberg Rana Slosberg
Posted at August 29

Most high school and college students fall into one of three categories with regard to career:

  • They are all set to dive into a specific career path.
  • Their career is unknown, but they have a specific subject they really enjoy.
  • They have no idea of a career or a subject of special interest.

If you fall into the first category, you may want to investigate the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook to learn what level of education is needed for the career you have chosen, what the job forecast is for that career, and what the job typically pays.

If you are in the second category, you may want to find out what career options you might have if you major in that subject in college.

If you have no idea of a career or subject of interest, it might be best to determine your personality type using a Myers Briggs personality test and then see how the careers for that personality type appeal to you.

Whichever group you are in, it is good to get first hand career exposure for car...more

Categories: Career & Major Guidance
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The College Consultant Network (CCN) Bounty Rewards program is now live!

Susan (CCN Support) Susan (CCN Support)
Posted at August 26

Dear CCN Participant: 

The College Consultant Network (CCN) Bounty Rewards program is now live!

What is the Bounty Rewards program?

On most mainstream social media platforms, you make valuable contributions that go unrecognized and unrewarded while the benefits are extracted by the platform owners. In fact, in the US, the average American spends two hours per day consuming or contributing to social media. That’s equal to FIVE years over a lifetime and aside from a few elite influencers, most people earn nothing from the value they have contributed while the owners and shareholders of these platforms accumulate fortunes into the billions of dollars.

We aim to change that by giving every participant in the community an opportunity to directly benefit from contributions on the platform. In other words, when you answer a question, post content, recruit a new user, lead a group discussion, or do any number of other activities that add value to the CCN, we’ll try and reward those activi...more

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A Winding Path: Pioneer Scholars and their Research Journeys

The Pioneer Research Program
Posted at May 27

For many Pioneer scholars, the topic they choose to explore in the program often changes once they begin working closely with their professor. Many students also revise their topics based on the advice other scholars provide in group sessions.

“Being able to share my findings with my professor and peers who validated and encouraged my unique voice gave me a lot of confidence and motivated me to grow intellectually,” said Pioneer scholar Isabel (United States, psychology, 2021).

While conducting research is not something new to Pioneer scholars, the experience of delving into a topic with a professor and a group of their peers and writing a well-organized paper helped them develop new skills that they wouldn’t have learned if they hadn’t participated in the program.

Many scholars also find that the process helped them clarify their academic goals for college and their future careers. “Pioneer changed my perception of my career goals in the sense that it introduced to me how fun joining ...more

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Overcoming Unique Challenges in the Pioneer Research Program

The Pioneer Research Program
Posted at April 19

Let’s not sugar-coat it. Pioneer is hard. It’s not for the faint-hearted, nor for the student for whom academic success has come easily and expects their Pioneer experience to be the same walk in the park.

Pioneer is for students who are up for a challenge and possess—or are willing to develop—GRIT.

Angela Duckworth, professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Grit, the power of passion and perseverance, defines the term as the ability to harness “a combination of passion and perseverance for a singularly important goal.” She furthermore calls it “the hallmark of high achievers in every domain.” 

The focus of Dr. Duckworth’s research is how self-control and grit relate to success in both academic and professional pursuits. She has found that, rather than a static feature of personality, grit can be cultivated and grown. Good news for aspiring Pioneer scholars!

So what are the characteristics that lead to the requisite amount of passion and perseverance ...more

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Rigor of Pioneer’s research curriculum inspires creativity and agency in the research process

The Pioneer Research Program
Posted at March 22

The Pioneer Research Program engages high school students in academic research on original topics in their fields of interest. The culmination of students’ efforts, the Pioneer research paper, is held to college-level standards of academic achievement. All of this happens, however, outside of both high school and collegiate educational settings, through an academic program designed intentionally for the purpose of supporting students in this journey and within Pioneer’s rigorous and supportive academic system.

The standards and oversight that comprise Pioneer’s Academic System have been developed by Pioneer alongside Oberlin College, allowing the Pioneer Research Program to offer college-credit to all students who pass the program. The standards and oversight, and Pioneer’s rigorous approach to research mentorship, has led to the program’s full accreditation by Oberlin College. In order to support Pioneer scholars meeting Pioneer’s rigorous standards, Pioneer has developed a comprehens...more

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Pioneer’s academic system allows high school students to dive into their interests and experience the joy of research

The Pioneer Research Program
Posted at February 18

Joy is often associated with things like food thanks to the popularity of Irma Rombauer’s, The Joy of Cooking, and more recently to the art of “tidying up”, thanks to Marie Kondo’s fresh approach to organizing and decluttering home and workspaces.

In “The Joy of Research”, however, Economist and New York Times Columnist, Paul Krugman, described the passion he holds for his work. “What I really love,” he wrote, “is doing the research—puzzling out how health systems work, what’s going on with monetary policy, how to access and interpret data about the wheat market.” 

Pioneer scholars describe their research experience in similar terms, both the fact that it is like solving a puzzle and the joy and satisfaction it brings. This is due, in part, to the innate curiosity Pioneer scholars possess. The other contributing factor is the Pioneer Academic System through which students are guided by faculty mentors in using their curiosity and creativity to conduct original research within an a...more

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