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?
Tues 8/17 or Thurs 8/19
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?
Tues 8/24 or Fri 8/27
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).
Tues 8/31 and Thurs 9/2
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?
Tues 9/7 or Thurs 9/9
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.
Tues 9/14 or Thurs 9/16
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.
Tues 9/21 or Thurs 9/23
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@example.com
Stephanie Takashima, c/o 2023 x 2244 firstname.lastname@example.org
Norine Ishii, c/o 2024 x 2246 email@example.com
Branden Kawazoe, c/o 2025 x 2240 firstname.lastname@example.org
IB Program Coordinators
College Essay Guy Resources
College Essay Guy's Virtual College Road Trip | Recordings here
Two weeks ago, we partnered with StriveScan to host a virtual college fair with 80+ colleges and universities; 2,000+ students registered and attended.
Missed it? Don't worry. We've got recordings! You can catch up and take a virtual college road trip from the comfort of your own home. Check out the recordings, including my opening session on How to Develop a Preliminary College List in Under an Hour.
TeenLife College Prep Expo | Register here
On Thursday July 22 from 6-7:45pm Eastern time, I'll be chatting college essays at TeenLife's College Prep Expo along with a handful of other panelists who will be sharing more on paying for college, standardized testing, and more.
Can't make the sessions? Don't worry, they've got recordings.
The Advanced Personal Statement Course for Students
How to Ask for a Letter of Recommendation | Guide Here
If you're a junior, COVID-19 might've made asking for teacher recommendations a little trickier (and likely something you're doing via email). This guide covers a few important things to keep in mind. And check in with your school's college counselor to find out if there's a specific process your school is using.
College Essay & Application Kick-off for Juniors (Webinar Recordings)
ICYMI, here are the recording from last week's webinars:
How to Write an Outstanding Personal Statement (Part 1) Recording Here
How to Create an Outstanding College Application (Part 2) | Recording Here
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5 Productivity Tools That Budding Entrepreneurs Can Use This Summer | Recording Here
ICYMI, I led a super fun webinar last week with Bonnie Swift, where we covered:
Starting in July, Bonnie is leading Uncommon Summer, a 4-week mini-course for helping students develop their leadership capacities, then brainstorm and potentially launch a self-directed project. It's pay-what-you-can.
Free Essay Coaching for High-Achieving, Low-income Students
The Matchlighters Scholars Program offers free college application and essay counseling for high-achieving, low-income students from experienced college counselors. Do you (or someone you know) qualify? Consider applying. Are you a counselor with a few years of experience looking to devote a few hours to coach a student one-on-one? We'd love to have you.
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?