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Counselor’s Corner—

Welcome back to school Class of 2018 — it’s Senior Year.  It is NOW college application season.  College applications are open or will open soon (CSU’s open 10/1-11/30) and many will close at the end of November (UC and Common App are open now-close 11/30).   Remember to create a list of six colleges: two reach, two with certainty, two schools that you would be ok going to and would probably be accepted.   You can apply to as many as you can afford-but remember application fees range from $50-$200 (fee waivers are available online for certain schools and in Career Center).  Many students receive financial aid (but YOU MUST do the FAFSA and get your FSA ID). Campus scholarships (college websites) and local scholarships are available but YOU MUST apply-deadlines vary.  Start planning your college future now at:  www.collegeboard.org/bigfuture, admissions.universityofcalifornia.edu (don’t forget you need to do 4 of the Personal Insights Questions for UC’s), www.commonapp.org, www.californiacolleges.edu, www.fastweb.org, www.cappex.com or make an appointment to see me or our new Cal-SOAP advisor!  ***Don’t forget to sign up for my remind.comI will be sending out texts to remind you of important dates and activities.  To sign up text @74b65 to 81010 or (224) 231-5750.  Pride In the PLAID– Mr. Sweet

For those of you attending a 4 year or 2 year college make sure you are:

· Checking your College portals;

· Finishing up the To Do List items on your portal;

· Applying for your Housing and Food Plans;

· Registering for you classes, make it early so you get the classes at the times you want!

· Financial Aid and when to expect to see info on portals;

· Signing your SIR and paying the fee;

· Going to Orientation Days;

· Taking your English and Math placement tests if you need to!

· Notify Ms. Courtis where you are going to college or what you plan on pursuing after high school (4-year College? BC?  Military?  Workforce?)

New This Year in the Career Center

CAL-SOAP college peer advisor, Mr. Jake Williams, will be serving Highland students this
Fall in the Career Center:

T-W-TH 8:00am-3pm

Sign-up for help with all things college & financial aid $$$$$$.

 

 

And don't forget to check out the latest SENIOR SCOTS bulletin!

 

 More Information…

www.fafsa.ed.gov

www.csac.ca.gov

www.fastweb.com

www.cappex.com

www.meritaid.com

www.scholarships.com

www.collegeboard.org

www.actstudent.org

www.ed.gov

www.meetmycollege.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Career Center News

 

September is the Month to…

¨ Make sure you establish an email address that is appropriate!

¨ Social Security Number:  make sure student SSN is on file with the Registrar’s Office (at HHS-See Mrs. McKernan, Registrar)

¨ Make sure senior year classes meet requirements of college you plan to attend (must earn C or better in A-G courses).

¨ Register for SAT I/II or ACT in October, November or December (DEC is the last test date most colleges will accept test scores).

¨ Research colleges:  visit websites and make timeline of items needed and due dates-apps, EOP, housing and scholarships!

¨ Visit with college admission reps who visit Highland.  (Sign-ups in Career Center available NOW).

¨ University of California app opened August 1 online—begin working on UC application and personal insight questions.

¨ Register for scholarships on major websites, i.e., Fastweb, Cappex, Scholarships.com and keep a notebook of those applied to (see Career

Center for scholarship tracking form).

¨ Letters of Recommendation:  finalize list of possible recommenders (example:  teachers, counselors, community members, coaches, ministers).

¨ Finalize student resume for recommenders (see Career Center for letters of recommendation handout).

¨ Stay focused on your future and REMAIN CALM, Highland Counseling Staff is here to help you succeed =D

 

 

And don't forget to check out the latest SENIOR SCOTS bulletin!

 

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