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                  FSYF College Workshop                               

Sponsored by  PROMAX Realtors  

Every fall, FSYF hosts an in-person college workshop at Oakwood Falls Church to address issues directly related to Foreign Service youth and the college application process. The workshop is designed for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors and their parents. Registration procedures for the 2017 session will be posted here in early fall 2017.

The 2016 workshop was presented by noted college admissions expert and former Foreign Service family member Rebecca Grappo in October 2016. A slightly condensed video of her nearly three - hour workshop is available in the member's only section of the FSYF website. To view that resource, FSYF members should login to the "For Members Only" section with their membership password. Please e-mail if you have difficulty logging in. Information on becoming an FSYF member can be found at www.fsyf/join-fsyf.

Information about Ms. Grappo and the educational consultation service she offers can be found here: About Rebecca Grappo and at

The following is a list of topics that were covered in the 2016 FSYF College Workshop:

Part 1:

  • Pros and cons of attending college outside the U.S
  • Legal hurdles to getting a job overseas after gradutaion
  • Challenges of moving during high school years
  • Incorporating Foreign Service experience in the college essay
  • Which colleges do and don't seek out Third Culture Kids
  • Differences between applying from overseas vs. the D.C. area
  • How being a Third Culture Kid affects the college experience
  • Qualifying for in-state tuition when applying from overseas
  • Does growing up overseas provide an advantage in the application process?
  • How to demonstrate interest to college admissions officers
  • Are colleges Googling applicants?
  • Making the most of college visits
  • Lists of recommended websites and articles

Part 2:

  • Making the most of college visits 
  • Sources of information about colleges
  • Selecting a college major
  • Availability of athletic scholarships
  • Coming changes in college application forms and financial aid forms
  • Applying to college from overseas
  • Coming changes to the SAT and ACT
  • Preparing for the SAT and the ACT
  • Which schools give the most merit-based aid?
  • Ways to reduce the cost of college

Registration will open in early August 2017

Oakwood Falls Church
(State Room)
501 Roosevelt Blvd,
Falls Church, VA 22044

FSYF Members: $15
Non Members: $30

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