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FSYF College Workshop                               


Each fall, FSYF presents a College Workshop in the Washington, D.C. area and posts a video of the presentation online. 

The workshop was presented by noted college admissions expert and former Foreign Service family member Rebecca Grappo in September 2017. The workshop covered key steps in the college search and application process including testing, writing the Common Application essay, and paying for college.  Other topics included using Foreign Service background to your benefit in the college admission process and how being a Third Culture Kid can affect your college search and experience.  To view the 60-minute video and handouts, 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 2016 workshop also presented Rebecca Grappo.  A slightly-condensed video of her nearly three-hour workshop is available in the member's only section of the FSYF website.  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

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