Planning and Support
Careers & Majors – How do I find a career that will allow me to focus on what matters most to ME and will provide me with the lifestyle that I want?
The College Search – WHERE do you want to study to reach your career goal? There are over 3000 colleges and universities. How do you decide where to apply?
Create a Great College List – Learn how to build/refine your college list using guidelines and resources to assist with the process. Students should come having completed a college search on Naviance (SuperMatch).
College Application Checklist and Types of Applications– Learn about all of the required parts of a college application so that you can present yourself in the best light. Some topics to be covered:
Types of Applications, The Common Application, Deadline Types, Is this a reach, maybe, or a match for ME?, Interviews & portfolios, What matters most to colleges?
Requesting Transcripts & Letters of Rec - This process ensures that deadlines are met and applications are completed properly to put your best face forward to colleges. We discuss letters of recommendation, school reports, transcripts, senior survey, your responsibilities for making sure that colleges receive what they need in a timely manner.
Get your FSA ID and Get Ready to Apply for the FAFSA- A brief overview of Federal Student and the FAFSA Application process. Students must know their social security number and will create their FSA ID at the workshop. This will prepare students to apply for the FASA which opens on Oct. 1. Attending this workshop does replace your attendance to the financial aid workshops mentioned above.
PLU offers College Admission Webinars and Resources for Everyone. 9/2, 9/9, 9/30.
The College Search Process
Thursday September 2nd 3:00pm-4:00pm Hawaii Time (6:00pm-7:00pm PT)
spoiler alert - I am leading this session!This webinar will cover things like how to choose a college, the difference between private and public universities, community colleges, and technical colleges, what questions you should be asking to narrow down your search, and how to finally decide where to apply. This process can be overwhelming, but at the end of this webinar, you’ll know where to start!
College Essay 101: Tips and Tricks
Thursday, September 9th 3:00pm-4:00pm Hawaii Time (6:00pm-7:00pm PT)
College Affordability 101: Financial Aid and Scholarships
Thursday, September 30th 3:00pm-4:00pm Hawaii Time (6:00pm-7:00pm PT)
Whether or not you have a plan on how to pay for college, this webinar will be helpful for students and families who are nervous or even unsure about paying for college. We will define financial aid terms and talk about the difference in grants, scholarships, and loans. We will also offer up some tips for starting to look for scholarships even before your senior year!
Here is the website link for more information and to RSVP: https://www.plu.edu/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephanie Takashima, c/o 2023 x 2244 email@example.com
Norine Ishii, c/o 2024 x 2246 firstname.lastname@example.org
Branden Kawazoe, c/o 2025 x 2240 email@example.com
IB Program Coordinators
College Scorecard. US Dept of Education. Career, College, and Financial Aid Information.
All hosted by the US Department of Education.
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So, to kick off the fall, I'm officially opening registration for my live, pay-what-you-can college application and essay courses:
With fall underway, I thought I'd share a handful of my favorite college app resources, some of which you may not know about.
These will be especially useful if you happen to be oh I don't know working on college essays and applications right about now.
How to Write a Successful Common App Activities List: You get 10 spots and 150 characters to describe each of your extracurricular activities. How do you make the most of that space? This in-depth guide (with examples) may help.
How to Use the Additional Information Section: This is probably the most underutilized section of the application. Though optional, it provides an important opportunity for some students to provide context for their application.
The College Essay Guy YouTube Channel: I've spent a ton of time the last 9 months recording tons of new videos, from my full guide to the "Why Us?" essay, tips on the UC personal insight questions, to reviewing some of my favorite essay examples of all time. Subscribe if you'd like to get notified; I publish a new video each week.
The Dangers of Getting Personal Statement Feedback From Too Many People: A helpful lesson from Pete the Cat.
How to Write a Super Essay by Combining Essay Prompts: If you're writing separate essays for all your supplemental essays, this one's for you. Write better essays and save hours drafting by finding opportunities for overlap among your college essay prompts.
The College Application Hub: Okay, I lied. I had a few more resources come to mind that I wanted to share as I wrote this email, so here's my College Application Hub, which has pretty much all the things, organized by category.
How to Create a Great College List | Full Guide Here
Current senior finalizing your college list? Junior looking to get a head start? Check out the full step-by-step guide, plus some of my favorite resources here for researching and "visiting" colleges from home.
Back-to-School College Essay Webinars for Seniors (Recordings)
ICYMI, here are the recording from last week's webinars:
How to Write an Outstanding Personal Statement (Part 1) | Recording Here
- The Purpose of the Personal Statement (i.e., What Colleges Are Looking for)
- Two Fun Ways to Find Your Personal Statement Topic
- How (and Why) to Show Your Core Values
- Two Successful Personal Statement Examples
- Topics to Potentially Avoid
How to Create an Outstanding College Application (Part 2) | Recording Here
- A Sane College Application Timeline
- The Importance of Finding and Showing Your Core Values (Again)
- The Other Essential Parts of Your College Application
- Tips for Creating a Great Activities List
- How to Make Use of the Additional Info Section
- How (and When) to Address COVID-19 in Your Application
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?