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Montgomery High School Guidance presents... May 22, 2012

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Slide 2 Montgomery High School Guidance presents... May 22, 2012 Slide 3 MHS Guidance Department Mrs. Apel ext 6168 Mrs. Apel ext 6168 Mr. Glockext 6164 Mr. Glockext 6164 Ms. Ritsonext 6172 Ms. Ritsonext 6172 Ms. Hampton ext 6165 Ms. Hampton ext 6165 Ms. Pino ext 6167 Ms. Pino ext 6167 Ms. Musial ext 6166 Ms. Musial ext 6166 Ms. Watson ext 6163 Ms. Watson ext 6163 Slide 4 The College Scoop: What Parents Should Know Key pointers from your guidance department on navigating an often trying time in the process... Key pointers from your guidance department on navigating an often trying time in the process... Slide 5 Stay Calm Teenagers can sometimes sense a parents anxieties Teenagers can sometimes sense a parents anxieties Teenagers can often sense a parents favorite school Teenagers can often sense a parents favorite school Teenagers can also sense whether or not this is their choice Teenagers can also sense whether or not this is their choice Slide 6 Know where to find information On the Family Connection website! On the Family Connection website! In the high school guidance office In the high school guidance office Your childs counselor (e-mail is quick) Your childs counselor (e-mail is quick) From asking your son/daughter about what is on the morning announcements! From asking your son/daughter about what is on the morning announcements! Slide 7 Spell out your guidelines Cost Cost Location (distance and cost of travel) Location (distance and cost of travel) Atmosphere (party school?) Atmosphere (party school?) Stress/difficulty level Stress/difficulty level Slide 8 Get Organized! Use Family Connection Use Family Connection Make a list of things to do Make a list of things to do Slide 9 Negotiating the List of Prospective Colleges Continue to gather info Continue to gather info Know college admissions requirements Know college admissions requirements Self-assess: Do I meet college requirements? Self-assess: Do I meet college requirements? List should contain a balanced range of reaches targets and safeties List should contain a balanced range of reaches targets and safeties Slide 10 Finish up Admissions Testing Know what tests you need to takeSAT, Subject Tests, ACT Know what tests you need to takeSAT, Subject Tests, ACT Applying early? Applying early? Finish required testing follow college guidelines Subject Tests required? Subject Tests required? Send SAT and ACT scores to the colleges you will apply to after all testing is completed. 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 Slide 11 Get On the Road Visits are the most important part of your college search Visits are the most important part of your college search Eliminate misperceptions Eliminate misperceptions Learn what you didnt know! Learn what you didnt know! Interview, if offered! Interview, if offered! Slide 12 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. Slide 13 Gather Materials Things Your Counselor Needs 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 youll need it for Rutgers SRAR! Get an unofficial copy of your transcript for reference youll need it for Rutgers SRAR! Slide 14 Review Application Materials Look at the apps! Look at the apps! Know what each app requires you to send (special deadlines, honors programs etc.) Know what each app requires you to send (special deadlines, honors programs etc.) Dont get surprised! Dont get surprised! Slide 15 Looking Ahead to the Fall What are pink cards? 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 Slide 16 Whats Coming? Pink cards are due At least 15 SCHOOL days before application deadline. 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 This past year, all pink cards for schools with Jan. 1st deadlines were due to Guidance on Dec. 3 rd. Ask teachers to send teacher recommendations well in advance of deadlines. Ask when to ask for recs 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 thats OK!!! Teachers sometimes send materials separately from guidance materials and thats OK!!! Slide 17 Complete your Applications Online Online Essays are critical! Essays are critical! Save a copy Save a copy Get this done early!!!!!!!!!! Get this done early!!!!!!!!!! Last Second Apps are dangerous! Beware of the crashing website Slide 18 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 Its 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. Slide 19 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, dont 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. Slide 20 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. Slide 21 Emergency!! The College Didnt Get My Stuff!! Relax! Things take time! Check on-line: Naviance Succeed/Family Connection Have your child contact individual college Slide 22 Find Financial Aid Attend MTSD Financial Aid Workshop in December Attend MTSD Financial Aid Workshop in December Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after Jan.1 st to qualify for need-based aid (www.fafsa.ed.gov) Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after Jan.1 st to qualify for need-based aid (www.fafsa.ed.gov) Investigate merit aid programs at your colleges Investigate merit aid programs at your colleges Complete college financial aid forms Complete college financial aid forms Watch for the Montgomery Township Watch for the Montgomery Township United Scholarship Applications Check Guidance Website for local scholarships Check Guidance Website for local scholarships Slide 23 MORE FINANCIAL AID WEBSITES The financial aid on the Internet The financial aid on the Internet www.finaid.org www.finaid.org Federal Student Aid Homepage Federal Student Aid Homepage www.studentaid.ed.gov www.studentaid.ed.gov Education tax incentives (IRS) Education tax incentives (IRS) www.irs.gov/publications/p970 www.irs.gov/publications/p970 NJ Higher Education Student Assistance Authority NJ Higher Education Student Assistance Authority www.hesaa.org www.hesaa.org Slide 24 Have a Great Senior Year! Stick with your academic program! Stick with your academic program! Get your best grades. Get your best grades. Mid-year grades might be requested by colleges! Mid-year grades might be requested by colleges! Let your counselor know about awards or honors you receive..to share with your prospective colleges! Let your counselor know about awards or honors you receive..to share with your prospective colleges! Keep guidance informed about the outcome of your application process. Keep guidance informed about the outcome of your application process. Thank those who helped you reach your goals! Thank those who helped you reach your goals! Slide 25 Last, but not least... You WILL Survive! Slide 26 Thanks for joining us!

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