Planning and Support
CEG LIVE: Summer College Boot Camps for Juniors.
August 15 - 19
July 11 - 15
CEG: How to Apply to College: A Step-by-Step Course on Creating an Awesome College Application
UH Manoa TRIO SSS - Student Support Services: First Gen and/or Financial Need.
Allow us to introduce ourselves! We are TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM)! We are a federal TRIO program under the US Department of Education. There are hundreds of SSS programs across the country, working to support first-generation college students and those with high financial need.
In addition to supplemental academic advising and financial aid preparation, we offer:
Students must be logged in with their UH login.
College ARCH - free college guidance and mentoring to underrepresented Juniors - apply by 7/2/2022
College ARCH is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by college students that provides free college guidance and mentoring services to rising high school seniors of underrepresented backgrounds. Our 4-week remote summer program guides students through the college-application process by holding seminars and workshops (on FAFSA, the CommonApp, essays, and more) featuring guest speakers and admissions officers from top universities. The program also has a mentorship aspect where we pair high schoolers with current college students of similar backgrounds, to provide a personalized support system throughout the application process.
The program is completely free of cost and the applications are designed to match students with mentors and not as a way to limit enrollment – we accept all applicants. The priority deadline is June 25th and the last call deadline is July 2nd. The formal program is from July 7th through August 6th through Zoom. The application form is attached, and provides further details on the program for interested students. Students can reach us for any questions through [email protected].
Registration Link: collegearch.org/apply
Kapi'olani Community College's Nursing Program You Tube video from KCC
THIS YOUTUBE video touches the surface on the PRE-NURSING process.
CEG: How to Decide Where to Attend article
|How to Decide Where to Attend | Article Here
Not sure which school to pick? I have some ideas, plus Three Ways to Decide What Your Heart Wants (in One Day, One Hour, or One Minute)
KHS College & Career Planning Supports and Programs
Individual and Family Conferences
College & Career Planning Class Visits
Local College Campus Tours
College Planning Year by Year -
see planning calendars attached in the right column
Grade 09 EXPLORE and select your course selections for high school carefully. Insure that you will have the necessary academic courses for 4-year colleges and requirements to play Division I or II sports if desired. Begin exploring post-high school interests. Take the PSAT to get a feel for the test and to identify areas that you need to work on! All 9th graders will take the Pre-ACT in the spring. Complete the Personality Type Inventory on Naviance and set some goals for yourself. Get involved in student activities, including athletics. HAVE FUN! READ!
Grade 10 PLAN your high school experience with rigorous academics, occupational exploration, testing and self-appraisal. Take art, keyboarding and world language for post-high school preparation. Remember, colleges look for a school record that reflects a rigorous course load. Take the PSAT in the fall. All 10th graders will take the Pre-ACT exam in the spring. Complete the Career Interest Inventory and set goals on Naviance. Check the Kaiser website for college planning information. FOCUS! READ!
Grade 11 ACT on your plans toward your goals. Take the PSAT again in the fall. Begin gathering information via Internet, college handbooks or visit the College Career Center in H101. Visit colleges if possible. All juniors will take the ACT in the spring at school. Take SAT in the spring. Register on your own. Keep up with your Advisory and Naviance assignments. Meet with college admissions counselors, career speakers, and college fair. Schedule an individual and family conference with the College & Career Counselor in the spring. Attend the College Kick Start Workshops during the summer before your senior year. Your junior year is most critical. Make it reflect your true abilities. READ! VOLUNTEER! DO WHAT YOU LOVE.
Grade 12 CHALLENGE yourself academically through your last year in high school. Take the SAT and ACT again if needed. Attend college application workshops in H101 during summer and fall. Make an appointment with College Counselor at least one month prior to application deadlines. When choosing a college, carefully consider your interest and abilities, and research financial aid and your goals. Be realistic. Applications should be completed no later than the end of the first semester. Work on financial aid and scholarships during the 2nd semester. Finish the year on a positive note. Colleges expect students to continue with a rigorous course load and strong academic performance through the end of the school year. Make sure final transcripts are sent to the college to which you are attending. GET IT DONE!
Grade Level Counselors
Rene Tottori, c/o 2022 x 2242 [email protected]
Stephanie Takashima, c/o 2023 x 2244 [email protected]
Norine Ishii, c/o 2024 x 2246 [email protected]
Branden Kawazoe, c/o 2025 x 2240 [email protected]
IB Program Coordinators
College Navigator - A college search tool by the US Dept of Education.
College Scorecard. US Dept of Education. Career, College, and Financial Aid Information.
All hosted by the US Department of Education.
Click here or on the logo for more.
Where You Go is Not Who You'll Be | Article Here
The next few weeks can be a super exciting time for students finding out where they'll spend the next four years of their life. Yet so many students get wrapped up in the admissions mania or feel their value, self-worth, or future is determined by which schools say "yes" and which say "no" in an unfair and often arbitrary process with record high application numbers and record low acceptance rates.
It's why it's so important to remember that where — and if — you go to college does not determine your worth.
In the words of Frank Bruni: "[College is] supposed to prime you for the next chapter of learning, and for the chapter beyond that. It’s supposed to put you in touch with yourself, so that you know more about your strengths, weaknesses and values and can use that information as your mooring and compass in a tumultuous, unpredictable world."
I'm excited for you all you'll do, create, and be, wherever and whenever that may be.
Students of Color for College | Free Virtual Conference
In this free one-day virtual conference, panelists will discuss admissions considerations for international students and undocumented students, best practices for standardized testing, and tips on writing your college essays. This free conference is open to students, counselors, and parents. Learn more and register here.
How to Write a Letter of Continued Interest | Guide
Recently added to a school's wait list? In this guide (a deleted chapter from my book), I give a few tips on how to decide whether you should write a letter of continued interest to your college(s), and how to write a great one. I share a great example letter, plus some words from a current admissions officer on things to keep in mind.
How to Appeal a Financial Aid Award | Step-by-step Guide
I put together a guide with financial aid expert Jodi Okun on the why and how of writing an effective financial aid appeal letter. Check out our podcast episode together if you're podcast-inclined.
How to Build a Balanced College List
April 9th - 16th, 2022
On the course we'll cover:
Click here or on the logo to register
Paying for College in Four Steps | Step-by-step Guide
In case you missed it, we put together a step-by-step guide in collaboration with Amanda Miller (host of How to Make College Affordable) that covers the key phases of understanding how to make college affordable, including Scholarshipping Strategically, Building an Affordable College List, Conquering the FAFSA (& Other Forms), and Understanding Financial Aid Offers.
What should I be doing right now? | College Prep Timeline
Are you a current 9th-11th grader (or parent of one) and wondering what you can be doing to prepare for the college application process? Here's a helpful timeline we've put together for students that covers everything from summer planning, course selection, testing, college essays, and more.
College List Building for US Students from Low-Income Households
April 27th, 4-5pm PT (7-8pm ET)
A webinar for counselors, students, and their parents
During this webinar, I'll chat with special guest Candice Mackey.
College Essay Guy Resources
In this video, I share nine creative techniques to make sure the opening of your college essay helps you stand out. I'll also share four common openings to avoid, and one of my all time favorite hooks.
I just published a new video on up-leveling your Common App activities list.
Why do this? Because a) it won't take you too long, and b) could make a big difference in your application.
How to Create a Great Common App Activities List
In the video, I cover:
- Why strong verbs are key + where to find my Epic List of Activities List Verbs
- How the BEABIES exercise can help you remember stuff you did
- How to bring more variety into your descriptions (if you've already written them)
- Tips for the Awards and Honors section
- Lots more
Check it out below on YouTube and drop me a comment.
The College Application Hub
Got a college admission resource you're looking for? It's probably here. If you're a 9th-11th grader wondering "What should I be doing right now to prepare for college?" check out this College Application & Admissions Timeline.
How to Write Great UC Personal Insight Questions (Crash Course)
If you're working on those PIQs and and need some help, this video covers a whole lot of ground in about 20 minutes. (One commenter said, "this has to be one of the best videos of all time.") If you find it useful and want to dig deeper, check out my full pay-what-you-can course How to Write the UC Personal Insight Questions.
Free College Application Help for Low-Income Students | Students Apply Here
Through our Matchlighters Scholars program, we pair high-achieving students from low-income families with experienced college counselors for free one-on-one college essay and application coaching. If you (or a student you know) may benefit, please pass this opportunity along to them.
If you're an experienced college counselor who'd like to volunteer to join the team, learn more here.
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CEG Resources for Grades 9&10, 11, and 12.
Sharing a few resources that you may find useful in the coming months.
9th & 10th Graders
College Admissions Timeline - A high-level timeline and list of resources that tracks the college admissions process from 9th through 12th grade.
Finding Your Purpose - Research shows that finding your purpose can lead to greater health, less depression and less anxiety. Check out the Purpose Challenge from the very awesome Greater Good Science Center in Berkeley.
Learning How to Learn - This free course from Coursera covers some useful topics for any high schooler, including learning how to "chunk" studying tasks, tackle procrastination, and better understand the relationship between sleep and learning potential.
The Values Exercise - It's great to begin the college planning journey by thinking about your core values. How do you find those? This video will help you find them in less than 5 minutes.
How to Create a Great College List - Spring is a great time for juniors to begin thinking about developing a college list. (Not decide—I said begin!) This guide will help you discover: Who am I and what do I want from college? How can I learn more about colleges? How can I assess my admission chances?
How to Research Colleges (Without Visiting a Campus) - Wondering how to "visit" colleges in the midst of a global pandemic? This guide can help.
How to Ask for a Letter of Recommendation - Junior year teachers are great candidates for recommendations. But what goes in that letter, plus when (and how) do you make the request? Find out here.
Study Tips in College: MIT's Office of the First Year has a series of awesome guides and resources for helping students develop study plans and time management skills as they transition into the first semester of college.
How to Write a Scholarship Essay: A Complete Guide + Examples - This guide answers the top 10 most common scholarship essay questions. You'll also find a spreadsheet you can use to track scholarship prompts.
College Interview Guide - In this comprehensive guide, you'll learn everything you need to know to prep for an interview (even if you only have an hour). But first: How much do interviews really matter?