I'm your college adviser, Ms. Cook! This is my second year at ERHS, and I am so excited to work with y'all! I studied Psychology and Political Science at UNC Chapel Hill and graduated in May 2020. I'm originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico (it's a real place, I promise). I love high school sports, Tar Heel basketball, singing along to music in the car, doing yoga, and ERHS!
Soy su consejero de colegio, Sra. Cook. Es mi segundo año en ERHS, y estoy tan emocionado de trabajar con ustedes! Estudié Psicología y Ciencias Políticas en UNC Chapel Hill y me gradué en mayo de 2020. Soy originalmente de Santa Fe, Nuevo México (es un lugar real, lo prometo). ¡Me encantan los deportes de la escuela secundaria, el baloncesto Tar Heel, cantar junto a la música en el coche, hacer yoga, y ERHS! Si prefiere información en español, escríbeme un email o mensaje de texto. Gracias!
This roadmap shows an overview of the college process.
I am here to help you along the way! Scroll down to the other sections of this website to get more information about each part of this roadmap.
Create or Login
Login to your CFNC account. If you don't have an account, make one using a personal email, not your school email. Your school email will be deactivated when you graduate, so use a personal email (no silly names).
Write it out first
Click the image above to see a handout of all the information you need to fill out RDS. Write down all of this information before you begin filling out RDS.
Fill out your RDS
Carefully read all questions. You cannot go back to previous sections, so go slowly when you fill out each section and use the document you filled out in the last step.
Your Residency Certification Number
After filling out RDS, you will be given a number, your RCN. Write down this number because you will need it for college applications.
Learn about NC colleges
Use CFNC to explore colleges in North Carolina. If you're interested in college out-of-state, check out College Board's Big Future search tool.
Build your list
Make a copy of this Google Document by clicking File > Make a Copy. Add your colleges, information about them, and their deadlines.
Tell your story
Some colleges require a personal statement or other essays. I recommend brainstorming your essay by writing 250-300 words about a person, place, or event that is important to you. Click the heart to look at some of the best college essays, according to Johns Hopkins.
Apply to college!
You can apply to most North Carolina colleges at CFNC.org. Some colleges are on the Common Application, so you can also create a CommonApp account and apply there. Let me know if you need help!
For all NC Colleges, use CFNC
Login to CFNC to request your transcript for every North Carolina college or university. Click Apply to College > Application Hub > Request my High School Transcript > Type in all colleges or universities > Submit your request
Email your counselor
If you are applying to a college outside of North Carolina, email your counselor (Mr. Brown or Mrs. Miller), and ask them to send your transcript to each college that you have applied to out-of-state. You have to list every out-of-state college in your email to your counselor.
Click the lightbulb
If you have already graduated from ER, you'll need to use the Alumni page of Scriborder to request your transcript from Randolph County Schools. You will have to pay a small fee. Click the lightbulb to go to the Alumni request page.
For RCC applications, click the key
If you are applying to RCC, you will need to request your transcript through the Current Students page of Scriborder. While you're a student, you can request transcripts for free, so click the key and request before you graduate.
Make an account
Before you can fill out your FAFSA, you must make an FSA ID. If your guardian has filled out FAFSA before, they must use the same FSA ID they did before. They can recover their old FSA ID here.
Get what you need
This document from Going Merry shows all the information that you will need to complete the FAFSA. You can print it out or refer to it online.
Fill out FAFSA
We recommend using Going Merry to complete FAFSA because they make the questions simpler. Have your student check their school email for an invitation from Going Merry, and create an account there. If you have questions, check out this FAFSA FAQ Sheet or email me.
About 30% of students who complete their FAFSA are randomly selected for verification. Make sure you look out for emails from colleges about verification, and check with Ms. Cook if you have questions!
Scholarships are a great way to help pay for college!
Many colleges are test optional this year!
Due to COVID-19, many colleges (including all UNC System schools) are allowing students to submit applications without an SAT or ACT score for this year.
Talk to Ms. Cook if you're deciding whether or not to take the tests.
If you are on free or reduced lunch, ask me for a fee waiver.
If you're on free or reduced lunch, you do not have to pay to take the SAT or ACT. Just let me, Mrs. Miller, or Mr. Brown know, and we will give you a waiver! Scroll up to the homepage for SAT and ACT links!
Preparing for these tests is key!
There are lots of free resources to study for the SAT and ACT. We can make a study plan together! If you want to start right now, click the picture above for Khan Academy SAT prep. You can also enter in a CBOS scholarship for studying for the SAT!
Make sure you have your ticket!
Click above for the SAT Test Day Checklist, and reach out to me if you need help making your ACT or SAT tickets. Make sure your photo follows their guidelines, and bring extra pencils!
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