College Ready: Preparation and Planning



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College Ready: Preparation and Planning

Study skills, life skills, essays, financial aid, scholarships, majors, standardized tests, interviews, and more! It can all seem so overwhelming, but with a little help, you can smooth out a lot of the bumps on your road to college! In this fun and interactive one-semester class, we’re going to explore things that will help you prepare for college now, as well as develop some skills that will help you navigate potential obstacles you may encounter during your college career. Take the first few steps of your college adventure with a plan and with confidence.

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What Color is Your Parachute? For College, ISBN-13:‎ 978-1984857569, and
Teen’s Guide to College and Career Planning, 12th Edition, ISBN-13: 978-0768939903

Dr. Catherine Gillies grew up on the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis, Maryland. Her life after high school can be summed up in two words: “Big Adventures!” She graduated from the Naval Academy in 1989, going on to be a helicopter pilot serving on seven aircraft carriers during her career. She later flew in a Marine Corps squadron and taught Naval and Marine student pilots to fly the UH-1N "Huey."  Catherine earned a Masters in Psychology in 1997, a Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology in 2000, and a Doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology in 2003. Catherine retired from the Navy in June 2009.

Catherine has taught undergraduate and graduate courses for three different colleges. She and her family live near Annapolis, Maryland, where she has been a homeschooling mom to three kids for ten years. In her spare time, she likes to sew, bake, swim, sail, and hike. She has also been a Scout leader for fifteen years. Through her youth mentorship, the youth she works with strengthen their servant leadership and become better stewards of God’s gift to us -- our big, beautiful Earth.

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