• SOUDER’S SENIOR STUDENT UPDATE #2

    Dear Senior Student:

    READ YOUR EMAIL AT LEAST ONCE PER WEEK! 

    You will receive frequent communications from me and Lisa Neumaier. The first update was sent last week in the body of the Newsletter.  You, as a YOUNG ADULT, are responsible to stay up to date.  You now have your transcript and some ideas of how to launch the year (from the Counselor drop-ins to your senior social studies class today).

    As a senior, you are expected to manage communication on your behalf.  I also expect each of you to set up a weekly meeting with your parents to keep them apprised of your progress in the post high school planning process and to request their support when needed.  They should be consulting, not managing, this process.  Meeting with them weekly and updating them will allow them to feel calm and confident in the knowledge that you are taking on the independence required for success.  It also provides you an opportunity to request increased parental support if things get hectic.  (Parents: sometimes a quiet time/space to meet, a warm cup of tea and listening ear is all they need.  Other times, a Visa, some strong words of encouragement, and a big hug will do the trick.  And sometimes, allow yourself to just walk away while your senior takes a few deep breaths and gets it all back under control.  I know this group well and I am confident that they can handle the process!)

    Although I am trying to LIMIT EMAILS (students: come see me in person instead), please remember this:  WHEN EMAILING ME, PLEASE TYPE YOUR NAME AND GRADE LEVEL IN THE SUBJECT LINE. THIS IS CRITICAL PRACTICE FOR EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION AS A YOUNG ADULT.  SENIOR STUDENTS WHO DO NOT DO THIS WILL NOT RECEIVE A RESPONSE - argh

    Whether you are headed to college, mapping out a gap year abroad, or refining your resume for the world of work, you need to take charge and steer your own ship.

    TO DO NOW:

    ·         Refine your college search on Family Connection/Naviance.  If you need help figuring out how to add colleges, review information, etc., please come see me. 

    ·         Letter of Recommendation Form:  due to Ms Souder on or before October 1st!!  Deadline is FIRM.  This is the Common Application Deadline for early admissions applications.  I send transcripts and college forms simultaneously.  For those of you applying early decision, please SEE ME IN PERSON.  My senior meetings begin this week.

    ·         College Representative Visits in College/Career Center (see at least seven). Register on Naviance.  If you plan to attend a JC and then transfer, or take a gap year and attend college later, you should definitely attend the visits to get transfer information.  It is great to have an end goal in mind so that you know what you need to do over the next year or two to transfer. 

    ·         Tutorials – Counseling Office:  Every Wednesday during October, I (or another counselor) will be available to assist you with college questions. Please sign up in advance on Naviance, so we know how many students plan to attend. You can use the email as your Tutorial Pass (another reason to read emails regularly).

    ·         SAT: SAT and/or SAT Subject exams.  December is the last test date which will be accepted by UC/CSU’s.

    ·         ACT: Register for this if you are using ACT in lieu of or in addition to the SAT.  Remember to take the ACT with writing.  December is the last test date which will be accepted by UC/CSU’s. 

    ·         All SAT/ACT test scores must be sent directly from the testing company to your college choices.  This is the STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY.

    ·         College of Marin (COM) transcripts are a student responsibility.  Students must contact COM to request transcripts for each school with this requirement. 

    ·         Senior Night for Students and Parents is Thursday, September 7!!  5:30 pm in the Student Center.

    ·         Ms Neumaier hosts CSU/UC/Common Application workshops now through November.  Sign up and attend at least one in order to clarify questions and have her review your applications.  This saves time and errors. 

    ·         California State University (CSU) Application window: Oct 1st thru Nov 30th.   Apply online only via CSU Mentor

    ·         University of California Application window:  Nov 1st thru Nov 30th.  Apply online only via the  UC Website.  This site has thorough directions and also outlines the requirements for the Personal Insight Questions.  Read it carefully and follow all instructions.  Please feel free to bring the drafts in for editing assistance.

    ·         Common Application: application deadlines vary by college.  Carefully review and record all deadlines.  Make special note of all supplemental questions/essays and deadlines for completion.  Invite Ms Souder as your Counselor, and two teachers (from two different subject areas) as your Teachers to be your recommenders.  When you invite us, I recommend that you check the “yes” box which waives your right to access my recommendation - this helps ensure that colleges can trust that they have an honest recommendation.  Also, some teachers will NOT write you a letter unless you waive your right to view the letter on this form.  The teacher invite can be confusing, so drop by during Friday Tutorial for assistance.

    ON-GOING 

    ·         Scholarships: Deadlines are ongoing.  Please see Naviance, then Colleges tab, then scroll down to Scholarships & Money for the list.

    ·         School scholarships often have varying deadlines, oftentimes earlier than the regular application deadline.  It is the student’s responsibility to learn and meet these.  You can find these under the “Financial Aid” tab on each college website. 

    ·         NCAA for Athletes.  Students planning to participate in college athletics must register at this site.  See Ms Neumaier for assistance. 

    ·         The Counseling Calendar lists all upcoming events, workshops, and pertinent deadlines.  Please check it frequently, as it is updated on a regular basis.  If you click on the “List” button, you will get a full description of the events.

    TAKING STOCK:

    ·         Temper Hope with Reality:  What are my reasonable chances?

    ·         Compare your record: Look at published  admission standards & patterns (Naviance & College Board)

    ·         Assess supply and demand: Determine available space vs. size of pool, distribution, etc.

    ·         Discuss finances: The sooner the better!  Don’t get emotionally attached to a school that sets your family or you up for lifelong financial ruin!!!  It is reasonable to go into debt equivalent to your expected first year salary.  Have a financial aid safety school – just in case. 

    “Students should have eight first choices.  Prioritizing before you get in closes minds.”  Joyce Slayton Mitchell, Author, 8 First Choices: an Expert’s Strategies for Getting Into College

    September through December, much of my time is devoted to assisting seniors with post-secondary planning (applications, letters of rec, college essays, etc.).  Utilize this time, attend workshops, ask questions (there are never too many questions).  Make an appointment, email me, come to Friday Tutorial, whatever it takes!

    Senior Student Meetings begin September 10, so stop by to make an appointment if you are ready to talkAs self-advocacy and independence is the goal for all students, I will be directing my communication to you as seniors.  Encourage your parents to give you their questions and bring them in when you meet with me in person.  I am looking forward to a terrific year together! Thank you.

    Sheila R Souder

    Counselor

     

    “Today is not just another day.

    It’s a new opportunity, another chance,

    A new beginning.  Embrace it.”

                                                    ~~ Kushandwizdom


    Ms Sheila Souder

    Counselor

    ssouder@tamdistrict.org

     

    Last updated by Sheila R Souder on 09/05/2017.