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  • Getting Ready for Senior Year
  • May 22, 2012

MHS Guidance Department

  • Mrs. Apel ext 6168
  • Mr. Glock ext 6164
  • Ms. Ritson ext 6172
  • Ms. Hampton ext 6165
  • Ms. Pino ext 6167
  • Ms. Musial ext 6166
  • Ms. Watson ext 6163

The College Scoop: What Parents Should Know

  • Key pointers from your guidance department on navigating an often trying time in the process...

Stay Calm

  • Teenagers can sometimes sense a parent’s anxieties
  • Teenagers can often sense a parent’s favorite school
  • Teenagers can also sense whether or not this is their choice

Know where to find information

  • On the Family Connection website!
  • In the high school guidance office
  • Your child’s counselor (e-mail is quick)
  • From asking your son/daughter about what is on the morning announcements!

Spell out your guidelines

  • Cost
  • Location (distance and cost of travel)
  • Atmosphere (party school?)
  • Stress/difficulty level

Get Organized!

  • Use Family Connection
  • Make a list of “things to do”

Negotiating “the List” of Prospective Colleges

  • Continue to gather info
  • Know college admissions requirements
  • Self-assess: Do I meet college requirements?
  • List should contain a balanced range of “reaches” “targets” and “safeties”

Finish up Admissions Testing

  • Know what tests you need to take…SAT , Subject Tests, ACT
  • Applying early?
    • Finish required testing – follow college guidelines
  • Subject Tests required?
  • Send SAT and ACT scores to the colleges you will apply to after all testing is completed.
  • Scores are sent directly from Collegeboard or ACT

Get On the Road…

  • Visits are the most important part of your college search
  • Eliminate misperceptions
  • Learn what you didn’t know!
  • Interview, if offered!

Assist with college visitations

  • Most young people need a little push to get them started on visits to campuses. If they seem reluctant, encourage them just to take a drive.

Gather Materials

  • Things Your Counselor Needs …
    • “Student Brag sheet” and “Parent Point of View” done in Naviance so your counselor can write your recommendation.
  • Get an unofficial copy of your transcript for reference – you’ll need it for Rutgers SRAR!

Review Application Materials

  • Look at the apps!
  • Know what each app requires you to send (special deadlines, honors programs etc.)
  • Don’t get surprised!

Looking Ahead to the Fall…

  • What are pink cards?
    • They let your counselor know that you intend to apply to a school
    • Basically, they signal to your counselor to send transcript, school profile and recommendation

What’s Coming?

  • Pink cards are due At least 15 SCHOOL days before application deadline.
  • This past year, all pink cards for schools with Jan. 1st deadlines were due to Guidance on
  • Dec. 3rd.
  • Ask teachers to send teacher recommendations well in advance of deadlines. Ask when to ask for recs…
  • Teachers sometimes send materials separately from guidance materials – and that’s OK!!!

Complete your Applications

  • Online
  • Essays are critical!
  • Save a copy
  • Get this done early!!!!!!!!!!
  • Last Second Apps are dangerous!
  • Beware of the crashing website

Acing the Essay The Art of Selling Yourself through your essay…

  • Make sure your authentic voice comes through – loudly and persuasively.
  • There is really no trick – It’s digging deep and trying to figure out what makes you interesting.
  • Colleges are looking for thoughtful, earnest presentations that shows solid interests and critical thinking.

Acing the Essay The Art of Selling Yourself through your essay…

  • Brainstorm with family/friends on what to write about.
  • - What matters to you?
  • - How do you spend your free time?
  • Show, don’t tell. Use examples and anecdotes.
  • Be polite (but not too humble).
  • Ask someone to read your essay, and say, “Does it sound like me?”
  • It should!!!
  • Encourage your child to not wait to the last minute to do the essay. Mastering the art of selling yourself takes practice and time.

Jekyll and Hyde?????

  • Appropriate email address and voicemail greeting?
  • Great summer pictures on Facebook?
  • Will your child show photos to mom and dad?
  • Advice: Many admissions staffers (fairly recent graduates themselves) check out social networking sites. Keep it clean and professional.

Emergency!! The College Didn’t Get My Stuff!!

    • Relax! Things take time!
    • Check on-line: Naviance Succeed/Family Connection
    • Have your child contact individual college

Find Financial Aid

  • Attend MTSD Financial Aid Workshop – in December
  • Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after Jan.1st to qualify for need-based aid (
  • Investigate merit aid programs at your colleges
  • Complete college financial aid forms
  • Watch for the Montgomery Township
  • “United Scholarship Applications”
  • Check Guidance Website for local scholarships

  • The financial aid on the Internet
  • Federal Student Aid Homepage
  • Education tax incentives (IRS)
  • NJ Higher Education Student Assistance Authority

Have a Great Senior Year!

  • Stick with your academic program!
  • Get your best grades.
  • Mid-year grades might be requested by colleges!
  • Let your counselor know about awards or honors you receive… share with your prospective colleges!
  • Keep guidance informed about the outcome of your application process.
  • Thank those who helped you reach your goals!

Last, but not least...

  • You WILL Survive!

Thanks for joining us!

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