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Melissa

(Fictional Consultation)
Personal Consulting Report, December 2018

Dr. James Rovira


December 10, 2018
TABLE OF CONTENTS
MELISSA FICTIONAL STUDENT

01 FAMILY OVERVIEW

02 FINANCIAL OVERVIEW

03 PERSONAL PREFERENCES

04 HIGH SCHOOL GRADE ANALYSIS

05 VOCATIONAL PREFERENCES

06 COLLEGE PREFERENCES

07 CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS


1. FAMILY OVERVIEW
Note: all persons and institutions in this report are fictional. There is no reliable data in this report. It
is intended to be a sample only, presenting the kind of information provided by BFEC’s reports.

Student: Melissa Fictional Student


Age: 17
Education: Oscatobe School, Senior
School Rating: B for the last three years
Cumulative GPA: 3.19 State; 3.52 District
Place in Class: 62nd
email: xxx

Parents
Mother: Cindy Fictional Parent, University of New Hampshire, Bachelors in Health Science
email: xxx

Father: John Fictional Parent, University of New Hampshire, Bachelors in Science, Engineering
email xxx

Fictional address

Two parent household, no veteran status, no minority status. Student not independent, two children in the household. Melissa is the oldest child with a younger sibling aged
16. She should be attending college concurrently with one sibling within two years.

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2. FINANCIAL OVERVIEW
Melissa’s financial situation as she begins college. . .

General Assessment: Very Good

Melissa’s family has enrolled in the Florida Prepaid College Program, which Estimated costs for Melissa’s college attendance for the 2019/2020 school year
places Melissa in a very good position for college attendance. Her Return on are:
Investment (ROI) for any degree will be high. Bright Futures was not provided
with the details of Melissa’s specific plan or with family finances, so the following • Faber College’s estimated costs for room, board, and other expenses:
information assumes that the plan covers four years at a state university but does $12,000/year.
not include room and board. Because of her parents’ advance planning, there is a
high probability that she can begin graduate school with low or no debt. • GURPS’s estimated costs for other expenses: $7,200/year (student lives
at home and commutes to school).
Recommendation: Parents are advised to consider filing a FAFSA to offset
expenses for room and board and other expenses. The FAFSA will calculate an • Miskatonic University’s estimated costs for room, board, and other
Estimated Family Contribution which represents the amount the family is expected expenses: $22,000/year.
to pay toward their child’s education in any one school year. This cost is divided
by the number of children the parents have in college simultaneously. “Other expenses” typically include books, fees not covered by the prepaid college
program, transportation, entertainment, clothing, and other miscellaneous
Bright Futures Educational Consulting can provide FAFSA assistance for an expenses. These figures are usually arrived at through the institution’s financial
additional fee, but the student and her parents can file it themselves at any time for assistance office by averaging student survey data.
free at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa.

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3. PERSONAL PREFERENCES
Her stated personal interests. . .

Melissa expressed an interest in Melissa expressed above average


95% working with people in almost 75% interest in ideas, but specifically
every way possible on the ideas related to people. She
questionnaire. She believes she is doesn’t seem interested in
good at this. abstract concepts.

Melissa expressed an average or Melissa expressed the highest


50% moderate interest in lab science 75% interest in freedom, followed by
and math, and she believes she is meaningful work and then money.
moderately capable in these areas. Melissa has almost zero interest
in romantic relationships or sports
as she thinks ahead to college.

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4. High School Grade Analysis
Melissa’s academic performance grades 9-11. The legend at the bottom refers to bars in the top graph and the bottom graph in the same position.

Grade Comparison

3.75
Math and Science

EARLY CHILDHOOD IS HER


BEST G.P.A.
Melissa has a 3.74 G.P.A. in her Early Childhood
classes.
Humanities and Education

2.32
0 1 2 3 4 5 MATH AND SCIENCE ARE
HER WEAKEST SUBJECTS
Depending upon her major/vocational choices,
Human Sci. | Foreign Lang. Phys Sci | Eng, Hist Math | Edu she will have to work harder in these classes and
get extra help in college.

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5. VOCATIONAL PREFERENCES
Melissa’s dream jobs…

25%
40% 43%
2013 2016 57%
2019
60%
75%

40% 35% 25%


Osteopathy Education Psychologist

Melissa’s first preference was for Osteopathy, but several mitigating factors make other professions a close second.

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5. VOCATIONAL PREFERENCES con’t.
Let’s get into specific detail about these different professions. . .

First choice: Osteopathy Less than 4% of students are accepted to Enroll in a lab science bachelor’s degree program,
Miskatonic’s medical school and only 9% are work at close to a 4.0 level, and pursue a
accepted nationally. humanities minor (creative writing) to show
breadth of interest, which is attractive to many
Average salary: $250,000 - $375,000 per year. Strengths and liabilities: medical schools. Then score high on the MCAT.
Educational path:
Strengths of this degree path: high ROI on Personal liabilities for this path: none of
your degree and a high degree of job her favorite high school classes were lab
Bachelors: Pre-med, biology, or chemistry satisfaction for someone who wants to science classes. Math/science G.P.A. in
and pass the MCAT. help people. high school less than 3.0. She’ll have to
reverse this pattern in college to make
Medical school: earned M.D. and pass the Liabilities of this degree path: high medical school a possibility.
USMLE (United States Medical Licensing academic requirements needed to apply.
Examination). For example, FAU has a combined BS/MD For this reason, she might have a difficult
program for students, but it requires a time gaining entry into a lab science
One year internship in Osteopathy weighted G.P.A. of 4.1 and a minimum major. She may want to start with an
followed by a three year residency. SAT score of 1400. undeclared major, take lab science classes
early, get As in them, and use that
Highly competitive overall, but very competitive How can Melissa pursue this degree? Her HS performance to gain entry into a pre-med,
depending upon the school of choice. G.P.A. is going to make it difficult to gain entry biology, or chemistry major. She’ll then be
into good programs right out of high school. on track for medical school.

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5. VOCATIONAL PREFERENCES con’t.
Let’s get into specific detail about these different professions. . .

Second choice: Education Strengths and liabilities: How does this area look for Melissa?

Great deal of job satisfaction if you’re a Overall, good. Straight A average in her
people helper and enjoy teaching, early childhood classes in high school can
Average salary: $48,000/year in Florida with a assuming you land at a good school and in be leveraged as a talking point in an
great deal of difference between school districts. a good district. When the time comes, the application essay.
Lowest is about $33,000/year and the highest is State of Florida publishes information on
about $58,000/year. which schools are receiving which grades The fact that she specifically wants to
as well as on the higher paying districts. work with children is a plus as well. She
Educational path: Look for schools with an A rating and a should think about the age groups she most
high level of pay and apply there. Ask enjoy as she considers entering an Early
Bachelor’s degree with continual teachers working there if they feel Childhood (pre-K or K-6), Middle School,
professional development required. supported by administration with student or Secondary Education (High School)
disciplinary problems. teaching area. Secondary Education will
Master’s degree recommended. require content area courses as well and
Most teachers do not in fact experience a can be close to a double major. Choose
high level of job satisfaction. The average this path early.
Doctorate only for leadership or research
teacher drops out of teaching after five
positions.
years. The pay scale is on the low end
Less competitive: typically, a 2.5 to 3.0 G.P.A. is among professionals.
required to maintain matriculation in these
programs.

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5. VOCATIONAL PREFERENCES con’t.
Let’s get into specific detail about these different professions. . .

Third choice: Psychology Competitiveness of this degree varies by school Other factors to consider:
and area. Heavily science-based degrees will be
more challenging than degree options focused on This field has a high potential for owning
counseling, therapy, or human resources. your own business as a therapist, which in
Think of psychology as a generalized degree that turn supports her high value for freedom.
can lead to a number of different vocations. At the Strengths and liabilities:
Bachelor’s level, average salaries run from the Melissa also said she values a stable
mid $30s/year (Case Manager) to the mid High possibility for job satisfaction if she income, however, and owning a business is
$60s/year (Human Resources) depending on the pursues areas of psychology directly always a risky business. It takes time to
field. Average salary around $80,000/year in related to people helping. If she has some build up a client base.
Florida for people with Master’s degrees. interest in owning her own business, there
are good opportunities here.
Educational path:
No clear path to a specific job unless she
Psychology has a number of different plans carefully.
career paths, but if you're interested in
people helping, pursue counseling and How does this area look for Melissa? Good, if she
therapy options. focuses on counseling and therapy and finds a
subfield that interests her.
Plan on getting a Master’s degree if you
pursue this career path.

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5. VOCATIONAL PREFERENCES con’t.
Let’s get into specific detail about these different professions. . .

Sleeper choice: Creative Writing The educational path for creative writing is a The primary value of an M.F.A. for students is
degree in English with a concentration in creative developing them enough as creative writers so
writing. Some schools offer a B.F.A. (Bachelor of that they can publish. Along with that skill
Fine Arts) in Creative Writing, but these are rare development, professors in an M.F.A. program
Melissa expressed the highest interest in creative programs and tend to be offered at art schools. should be published well enough to have strong
writing in her overall survey responses. connections with agents and publishers that can be
Take note that the small pay differential between shared with their students.
Because her strongest stated interest was in having a Bachelor’s and the terminal degree in
creative writing. I recommend this as a minor Creative Writing is a bad sign for graduate study Be wary: college advisors will tell you that
regardless of her major. I can’t recommend it as a in this area. The M.F.A. is the terminal degree Creative Writing, especially the M.F.A., is a good
major without having read her writing, but if she (highest degree offered) for the area of Creative degree choice whether you make your money
does pursue this major, I strongly recommend that Writing even though a few schools offer a D.F.A. writing or not, but there are many cheaper degrees
she pairs it with a vocational minor such as that can develop the same skills. This degree is
marketing or public relations that can land her a Also note that M.F.A. programs are notoriously only valuable if a leads to making a living
job. Even successful writers tend to experience expensive with no clear job prospects. The key to publishing.
feast or famine lives. The median salary for a good M.F.A. program is developing a good
people with a Bachelor’s degree in Creative enough creative writing portfolio to get into a top Melissa shouldn’t be wary of Creative Writing as
Writing is around $50,000/year for those who program, and to get into a top program: pay an undergraduate minor, however. It will give her
move into business areas such as marketing. The attention to each program’s professors and see a much needed creative outlet that will help her
median salary for an M.F.A., or Master of Fine what and where they’ve published. develop in other areas in unexpected ways.
Arts, is around $58,000/year.

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6. COLLEGE PREFERENCES
Let’s get into specific detail about your preferred colleges. . .

30% 30%
40%
2013 2016 2019
60%
70% 70%

40% 30% 30%


Miskatonic Faber College GURPS
University

Melissa’s first preference was for Miskatonic University, but several mitigating factors make other colleges a close second. The good news is that
they are all good institutions for her vocational choices, with some differences among them.
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6. COLLEGE PREFERENCES con’t.
Let’s get into specific detail about your preferred colleges. . .

First Choice: Miskatonic U. Strong and diverse offerings in


Psychology: five different areas of study,
four of them through the doctoral level.
Science based, but none of these areas are
Miskatonic University focused on counseling.

My general advice when considering all three


Medical school is focused on primary care,
schools is to select a university that will allow you
so may not be the best choice for specialist
preparation. to pursue your study through the graduate level.

Miskatonic is an excellent overall choice, but it


Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s degrees in
should only be a second choice for medical school
Elementary Education, English Education,
or for Education.
and Social Science education.
I recommend Miskatonic as your first choice for
Creative Writing at the undergraduate and the pursuit of a degree in Psychology as it has
graduate level through the M.F.A.
highly diverse offerings in a variety of areas.

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6. COLLEGE PREFERENCES con’t.
Let’s get into specific detail about your preferred colleges. . .

Second Choice: Faber College Has creative writing tracks in English


through the M.A. plus an M.F.A.

Psychology: Has an MA in Marriage,


Faber College Couple, and Family therapy and different
Master’s degrees in Counselor Education.
Health sciences and biomedical sciences
undergraduate degree with a Doctor of I recommend Faber as your first choice in
Medicine program. Has a Focused Inquiry Psychology and your first or second choice in
and Research Experience within its Education.
medical program that may provide strong
support for specialists. I recommend Faber as your first choice for
medical school as it seems to best support students
Education degrees: early childhood and K- with an interest in a speciality.
6 through the Master’s degree. Secondary
education (HS teaching) in Social Science,
English, Math, and Science, plus MAT in
Teaching in Biology and other sciences

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6. COLLEGE PREFERENCES con’t.
Let’s get into specific detail about your preferred colleges. . .

Third Choice: GURPS I recommend GURPS as your last choice for


medical school.

I recommend GURPS as your first choice for an


GURPS Education major.

Strong focus on its medical program, I recommend GURPS as your last choice for
highly competitive. Psychology or Creative Writing.

Wider range of educational degree


programs than Faber.

Creative writing only offered through an


honors program requiring an minimum 3.0
overall GPA and a 3.5 G.P.A. in English
courses. Does have an MFA.

Psychology through the B.A.

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7. Conclusions and Recommendations
Our advice to you. . .

POINT 01 POINT 02 POINT 03 POINT 04

Don’t be afraid to pursue your true You seem to be a natural for early Since high earnings were a low Whatever your major, I recommend a
passion. If Osteopathy is what you childhood or K-6 Education. That priority for you, Education and minor in creative writing. Creative
most love, pursue it. However, your field seems to represent the Psychology represent valid degree Writing is a gamble in terms of
most difficult path will be a pursuit of convergence of your interests in choices. earnings: it can pay off very high or
a medical degree. After that, your helping people and working with very low. However, it is also a field
most difficult path will be a career in children. However, because your earnings will that gives its practitioners the highest
Creative Writing. Creative Writing be low, especially early in your career, degree of freedom among all those
would meet your need for freedom, Psychology would be my second focus now on keeping debt low to considered in this report.
but would make it harder for you to be choice recommendation for you, but non-existent as you pursue your
a people helper. you can specialize in working with education.
children, and it has the potential for a
high degree of personal freedom and
business ownership, which is less
likely in education.

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Dr. James Rovira

Bright Futures Educational Consulting


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THANK YOU
I remain your consultant: please contact me when you need help with your next steps. My services
end when you’re accepted to college.