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Planning and Support

Three Summer Boot Camp Optionsc
How to Write the Personal Statement

Three Options:
May 30-June 3
June 13-17
August 1-5

College Application & Supplemental Essays

August 15 - 19

UC Personal Insight Questions

July 11 - 15

See Mr. Teraoka for details.
How to Apply to College: A Step-by-Step Course on Creating an Awesome Collegec Application

The course comes in two parts:

I've put pretty much everything I know about helping students craft great college applications into a live, easy-to-follow, step-by-step video course. I’ve developed a suite of resources so students will have everything they need to not only write an awesome personal statement, but also tackle their supplemental essays, activities list, and the additional information statement.

Students will get all the video lessons as soon as they register, then join me for live sessions throughout June and July where I'll share additional lessons, answer questions, and review and leave feedback on students' essays live.

This year students can look forward to:

  • Expanded format. I'm leading live sessions once per week over eight weeks so students have plenty of time to write and revise in between live workshop sessions.
  • Everything you need in one intensive program. I’ve combined my two signature courses into one comprehensive experience for students (in June and July). Can't make all the sessions? Don't worry. That's why I've created...
  • Pre-recorded lessons. By popular demand and based on our wildly different summer schedules, I've recorded all the lessons in video format. After signing up you'll get instant access to all the pre-recorded lessons and can binge watch them. Plus, students get recordings of the live sessions the day after I lead them.
  • My new essay revising tool. After analyzing hundreds of outstanding personal statements, I've developed some new approaches that I think will help students find their topics and write better college essays in an even more efficient way and put them in my new Choose Your Own Adventure essay tool.


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.

Please share this email with interested students at your school. At SSS, we support students from when they first enter UHM all the way through graduation! 


In addition to supplemental academic advising and financial aid preparation, we offer:


Students must be logged in with their UH login.



College ARCH is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by college students that provides free college guidance andc 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: 

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KHS College & Career Planning Supports and Programs


Individual and Family Conferences — Individual and family conferences to discuss post high plans are scheduled upon request starting in the spring of junior year. 


Sr. Year Kick Off Night—Fall:  Information to kick off the senior year. Alumni  attend to share about their college/career experiences. College and grade level counselors share information for a successful senior year. Leadership share important graduation and senior year event information. For seniors and their parents.


Jr. Future Planning Night--Information night for juniors and their parents held in the fall. Information from the college & grade level counselors and the class leadership.


College Financial Aid Information Night-held in the fall at our school. Open to all students and parents.


IBDP. IBCP. AP, RS Information Night - This event is for students and parents to receive information and ask questions about the following programs offered here:  International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, International Baccalaureate Career-Related Program, Advanced Placement, and Running Start (dual college and high school credit). This night is scheduled in the fall before registration for the following school year.


College & Career Planning Class Visits College and grade level counselors meet with seniors once in the fall and juniors in the fall and spring to go over important tasks and information related to graduation and college & career planning. 


College & Career Speakersabout 70-80 local and mainland college admission and career reps visit us each fall (few in the spring as well). Students sign up on Naviance. Teacher permission is required to attend. Open to all students.


Summer/Fall College Kick Start WorkshopsStudents will build their college list, learn about the application process, Common Application, the college essay, letters of recommendation, financial aid, scholarships and more. For seniors only.


Naviance®  Family Connection is a web-based college and career research tool for our students. Naviance allows  students to learn about themselves, their interests, and develop  college and career plans.  Naviance®  questions can be directed to appropriate grade level counselors.  Students receive their accounts during the second quarter of their freshman year. Parents may request a parent account by submitting a request form to H101.  Forms are available in H101, the registrar’s office, or as a download on Naviance®. 


Personal Transition Plan (Jr. Guidance Course) This semester credit is required for graduation and taken during jr. year.  It provides students with knowledge and skills in learning about themselves, exploring life goals, careers and occupations, relating school subjects to future career needs, and making tentative long and short-range educational and/or career plans.


Advisory ClassAll teachers provide guidance activities to their advisory students.  Classes meet once a week during all 4 years of high school. Some college and career readiness activities are prepared by the CCRC.

PSAT/NMSQT® Test—Fall—All students in gr. 9-11 are able to register for this exam that is given on campus once a year in the fall. Registration information is available in the library, office, and H-101. The test is administered once a year.


ASVAB® Test-Fall & Spring—The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. It is administered annually to more than one million military applicants, high school, and post-secondary students. Students in grades 10-12 can sign up to take the test to help with career planning.  This test is administered on campus once in the fall and spring.


Advanced Placement—AP® Program  The AP curriculum, administered by The College Board, consists of standardized high school courses that are roughly equivalent to undergraduate college courses. After completing an AP class, students typically take the AP exam in that subject, which can earn them credits and accelerated placement in college. Registration for courses takes place in November for the following school year. Application forms and fees are required.


Dual Credit/Running Start Program --Running Start is a program that allows “eligible” high school students to take a college course at a University of Hawaii system campus as part of their high school coursework. The unique partnership between the Hawaii State Department of Education and the University of Hawaii System allows public and charter high school students to attend college classes during the fall, spring, and summer while earning both high school and college credits. Deadline for students to meet with their grade level counselor is Oct. 1 for Spring semester and Feb. 1 for Summer and Fall semesters.


College & Career Fair Fall and Spring —Students are invited to sign up to attend the NACAC College Fair with the school in the fall, usually followed by a UH Manoa campus tour. Students and families can attend on their own.  Register for the fairs at:


Local College Campus Tours

--driven by student interest. Dates and information to be announced.



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Naviance by Hobsons is a comprehensive K-12 college and career readiness platform that enables self-discovery, career exploration, academic planning, and college preparation for millions of students across all ages and around the globe.
Students and Parents..... Kaiser utilizes Naviance to help students identify their interests, strengths, and to explore colleges, etc.
Almost all Naviance activities can be completed at any time. Students do not need to wait for tasks to be assigned. Get a jump on your planning. Never too early to start!
Parents - Get involved! Yes, students need to drive this process, but parents can support and cheer their kids on. Get a Naviance Parent account to stay on top of what's going on. Complete the attached form (to the right) and send it back to us in H101 via your student or scan and email.  

Post High Activity

Completion Guideline

(students are able to access and work on most tasks at any time)

Gr. 9

Gr. 10

Gr. 11

Gr. 12

Game Plan  - Naviance®

Complete once

Catch up

Catch up

Catch up

Cluster Finder  -Naviance®

Complete once

Catch up

Catch up

Catch up

Personal                 statement                 Students should save their work electronically on a flash drive so that each year is an update.

Year 1 Draft

Year 2 Draft

Year 3 Draft

Final Draft Due

SMART Goals              Naviance®


Set goals for  current school year

Set goals for  current school year

Set goals for  current school year

StrengthsExplorer®       Naviance®


Complete once

Catch up

Catch up

Career Interest Profiler  - Naviance®


Complete once

Catch up

Catch up

Resume   - Naviance®





SuperMatch® College Search and add at least 5 schools to colleges that I'm applying to on Naviance ®





Sample (or real) Job Application




Catch up

Sample (or real) College Application





 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!



Do you qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch?


Students who qualify for the free or reduced lunch program may also qualify for waivers for the PSAT (gr. 11 only), ACT, SAT, AP,

NCAA, college applications, etc. Please check with Ms. Nii in the college and career resource center and APPLY FOR the FREE OR

REDUCED LUNCH PROGRAM to find out if you are eligible. EZMealApp



Do you qualify for testing accommodations?


Students who need accommodations for testing should speak to their grade level counselor right away.



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

Kristie Yamamoto, Middle Years Programme        [email protected]
Shareen Murayama, Career–Related Programme  [email protected]
Bradley Bogard, Diploma Programme                    [email protected]


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All hosted by the US Department of Education.
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KnowHow2GO is a campaign designed to encourage students and veterans to prepare for college. Explore thek site to learn more about the steps you need to take to be college-ready.
Honolulu Magazine College Guide 2022
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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:

  • How can students find colleges where they can get accepted and thrive?
  • If I don't know what I want to study in college, how do I create a college list?
  • What factors should students consider when figuring out where to apply?
  • Beyond the school's website, what are the best, most practical resources for students, parents, and counselors in creating a great and balanced college list?
  • How should I use US News rankings in the college search? Or should I?
  • How do students find colleges that will be affordable?
  • Is there a "right" number of colleges to apply to?
  • Finding great colleges for students with specific interests, identities, and backgrounds
  • How do colleges go about selecting students?
  • Lots more.
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.

We'll cover:

  • How to determine which colleges you can afford
  • What different scholarships are available and where to find them
  • How the FAFSA works + how to interpret the results
  • How to incorporate all this into building a great college list
  • Q&A

Register Here

How to Start Your College Essay: Tips for Hooking Your Reader (New video)
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.


Watch the Video

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.


Based on popular demand, we created a Discord server just for students (sorry parents and counselors) where you can collaborate with other students, get your questions answered, and nerd out on all things college. Our community is kind, hard-working, and generally good vibes.

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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Sharing a few resources that you may find useful in the coming months.c


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.


11th Graders

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.


12th Graders

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?