Cyndy McDonald

Cyndy McDonald

As the first in her family to attend college, Cyndy recognizes the challenges many families and students face as they plan and prepare for college. As a student who received financial aid, she also understands how important finding money to pay for college is. As a mother of four children (the youngest is in college now), she knows the parent's perspective of sending a child away from home. As a credentialed high school counselor who has worked at the high school and the middle school level, she understands the challenges high school counselors face as they assist students in this process. As an educator who has trained hundreds of teachers, administrators, and counselors about creating a college-bound culture, she knows the joy that comes with helping student achieve their full potential. As a professional, with leadership roles in WACAC (Western Association for College Admission Counseling), and as the founder of HECA (Higher Educational Consultants Association), she values professional growth and being able to stay current on trends in college admission. She loves working with students, parents, counselors, and the community in the college admission process.

Articles

What should I do if I can't visit the colleges on my list?

Use your network and technology. Just because you can't visit doesn't mean one of your friends or family haven't. Maybe they know someone who has been to campus and can share their thoughts with you.read more

Early Decision, Early Action, Single Choice Early Action: what's the right one for me?

Be aware of Early Decision versus Early Action; each means something entirely different.read more

I'm a financially independent student; how will this affect my financial aid?

Having your own apartment and/or car does not necessarily make you financially independent for financial aid purposes. read more

Who should I ask to write my college recommendation letters?

You should have people who know you really well write your letters of recommendation. Use the following rules of thumb as a guide to asking for letters of recommendations...read more

I have a low high school GPA; do I have to include it on my applications?

Yes--but you should have an opportunity somewhere on the application to explain why your grades are low. read more

I'm not happy with my college choice; what should I do?

That happens to a lot of people. You can look to transfer to another university. Talk to friends, family, and college advisors to learn what other colleges have to offer.read more

Should I go to a two-year or a four-year school?

The choice is up to you. The important thing is to get more education. Studies show your earning potential goes up the more education you have. read more

What's the difference between a community college and a state school?

Typically, a community college is nonresidential and supported locally, regionally, and/or by the state government. They offer two- and/or three-year programs and award associate degrees. read more