Wow, graduation is less than a week away!! Have you applied to Germanna yet? Completed your FAFSA? Set up your SIS page and Email? Taken your VPT tests? Registered for you classes for the Fall? Get some of your timeline done with the Career Coach before you leave Caroline.
Be sure to send your Transcripts to GCC after graduation.
Mrs. Hummer will be at Caroline this week from Tuesday through Thursday. If you miss that please head to Germanna.
8 Ways to Prep for College Applications over Spring Break
Spring break can be a prime time to prep for a standout college application, and prevent stress closer to application deadlines. Use this much-needed vacation from school to consider what you really want out of college, and what you still need to do to get there.
Start Drafting Your College List
Do some soul searching over spring break to figure out what you want from your prospective colleges. Is your best fit college known for its chemistry department? Does it host a thriving theater scene? Talking to a college counselor about your dreams and goals can help you identify what’s important to you as you make your preliminary college list.
College Road Trip
A college website or brochure is no substitute for talking with actual students, visiting the science labs, sitting in on lectures, or grabbing lunch in the cafeteria. Make a plan to tour some of the schools that you are considering, and see if any of them could feel like home.
Make Time for Extracurriculars
Colleges want to know what you do with your spare time so that they can get a sense of who you are. This Spring Break try something new or investigate a career goal or study interest. Are you destined for a life in medicine? Shadow an RN for the week or volunteer for a local organization. Prove to colleges that your commitment to extracurricular activities isn’t tied to the school calendar.
Brainstorm for Your Application Essays
The 2016-17 Common App essay prompts are out. Plan topics for your personal statements by reflecting on the activities you care about. What are the aspects of your background, personality, and interests that make you unique? Who are the people who have influenced you? What experiences have challenged you?
Prep for the ACT or SAT
Whether you try some practice questions, review geometry concepts, or take a prep course, you’ll thank yourself later if you study now! Improving your score by a hundred points on the SAT or even one point on the ACT can significantly boost your chances of admission at many schools.
Look into Financial Aid
Cast a wide net in your search for grants and scholarships. Dedicate some time this break to researching scholarships, including application deadlines and eligibility requirements.
Pick Your Senior Year Classes
Yes, your classes and grades still matter your senior year. Choosing honors and AP classes when you can shows schools that you are serious about college-level work. Plus, high scores on AP exams can help you graduate college early and save you money on tuition.
Make Summer Plans
Summer counts! Whether you take a job as a camp counselor, practice your Spanish in Guatemala, or prep for the ACT/SAT, your summer activities can strengthen your overall application.
Gratitude Initiative’s Online College Success Academy for Military Students Students in 8th – 11th grade are eligible to apply for the program if they have a parent who meets one of the following criteria: Active duty member of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, Veteran honorably discharged from active duty on or after 9/11/200, Reserve or National Guard member who was activated for active duty service since 9/11/2001 and was deployed to a combat zone, A combat wounded or disabled veteran with a service connected injury that occurred on or after 9/11/2001, A service member killed on active duty. Students and families can learn more and apply online here. The number of students enrolled each year is limited based on available funding and the number of qualified applicants.
Welcome back!! Some important things are happening this week.
Jan 9th is the last day to register for the ACT test date of Feb7. So register now !
A representative from Germanna’s apprenticeship program will be here in the career center on Jan 7th @ 10 am to take about how to get involved in Apprenticeships at Germanna Community College. I hope to see some of you. Sign up in the School Counseling office or see me.
Many deadlines are fast approaching. Have you made a plan and set goals to accomplish and meet those deadlines??? Sign up to see me and let us get it done!!
Did you know community colleges will take your AP scores and turn them into college credit!! What a great way to get ahead and safe some $$$$$. Get ready for the exams by practicing with sample questions and knowing what to expect on exam day.
The PSAT has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 30th. Testing will begin at 2:00 pm and will be given in the cafeterias. ALL students who want to take the PSAT need to sign up (this includes juniors and advanced 10th graders); even if you signed up previously. You can sign up in the school counseling office. Plan to bring your own graphing calculator and 2 No. 2 pencils. Students will need to make arrangements to be picked up or plan to ride the activity bus home that day.