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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Senior Success Seminar June 19, 2019

WOW!  

That was one word to describe the material covered today in Senior Success Seminar.  Yes, there is LOTS of stuff to do during the Senior Year, but you have helpers and guides for aid you in your journey.



Sometimes, you will have to tell yourself over and over again that you can do it, but don't give up.  You CAN do it! 

Check your SENIOR 2020 folder for a copy of all the SCHOLARSHIP PROMPTS. 

Here are some of the topics we discussed in Senior Success:

1.  Your ACT--while it is ONE important part of your college admission/scholarship journey, it is not the ONLY piece of the puzzle.  Your GPA (as well as taking Honors, AP, and Dual Enrollment Classes), Community Service, Upward Bound involvement, and leadership are also important. 

2.  Following this Blog--we added emails at the side of this page so you would get email notifications of when we update material.  Check it (as well as following JLV Counseling blog).  There are BUNCHES of deadlines and opportunities.  STAY CONNECTED!

3.  We got our first look at the Dell Scholarship Application Dell Scholarship and the Smith Scholarship questions.  These are BIG.  Start early and lets do more after the summer program ends.

4.  For Senior females who have an ACT of 23 (or close to a 23), go to this website, Linly Heflin, to read about this scholarship.  It's BIG, but you will find that the GOALS and All About Me will have you ready.




Wednesday, June 5, 2019

COLLEGE CHOICES


For Gates, Smith, Dell, Linly Heflin, College Counts and other scholarships, they will ask you about your college choices. Additionally, you should check each school for ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS. Every little bit helps.

Even though you think you MAY know where you want to attend, keep your options open and compare ALL features before selecting your FINAL choice.  Use this guide to help you:

DREAM COLLEGE: If you have the finances, this is where you want to attend.  Will scholarships cover the cost? What makes this your "DREAM"?  Small campus? Large campus?  Choice of major? Distance from home?  Campus organizations?

REACH COLLEGE:  
With your GPA and ACT score, this is a place you can get accepted.  You see potential in this place and know that, with a little effort and some extra funding by way of scholarships, you can be successful here.  Reasons to attend here: Student-to-teacher ratio? Opportunity to become involved? Graduation rates? Distance from home? Familiarity with campus?

SAFE COLLEGES:  OK.  So your GPA is not the best, or your ACT isn't as high as you would like it to be.  Select 1 or 2 "Safe" colleges where you know you will be accepted and should have/can find funding for your dreams.  Another reason to choose a "SAFE COLLEGE" is the financial aid package you will receive.  $$$$ matters, so having options is important. These may be 4 year colleges you have visited and would consider "a good fit" or junior colleges where you can take core classes before transferring to a school with your major. 

HOW TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS

Start with the end in mind.  Set your goals and don't let anyone stop you!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

SENIOR SUCCESS SEMINAR MAY 29, 2019

SENIOR SUCCESS SEMINAR
May 29, 2019 
1:15—2:15 p.m. (If you’re on-time, you’re late!)

    A. Your Inspiration—Don’t Quit
    B. Your Senior Binder
          a. Sections you can continue to add to throughout                       your senior year
          b. Add your own unique style to your binder
          c. Bring to EVERY Senior Success Seminar 
             (Wednesdays this summer and throughout the                         Academic year)
     C. Your Google Drive—what you should have by the end 
          of the summer
          a. Your Academic Transcript (June 2019)
          b. Your Status Report (You will need your transcript 
              and your Status Report to create your Academic 
              Résumé)
          c. Collect your Honors and Awards to put on your 
              Academic Résumé
          d. Your ACT Scores (Log into ACT TODAY using your 
              info)
               i. PDF’s of Previous ACT Scores; log into ACT; 
                  download the PDF version; SAVE AS <First 
                  Name Last Name ACT Date>
              ii. Work DAILY to increase your score before the 
                 June 8 test
          e. Drafts of your scholarship essays
     D. Your ForUm Email and Log In
          a. Record your ForUm Email address (as well as 
              Password)
          b. Save it in your Google Drive as “ForUm Email”
     E. The Senior Blog https://umubsenior.blogspot.com/
     F. Setting Goals
         a. Goals Sheet—Due next Wednesday during Senior 
             Success
         b. Think about the goals and what you can do to            
              achieve them.
     G. College Admissions and Scholarships
          a. College Admissions Checklist
          b. GPA, ACT, Community Service, Leadership,          
              Activities, Essays

WHEN YOU CAN'T THINK OF ANYTHING ELSE


When things don't go the way you want, remember this:


THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER THIS YEAR!

SENIOR YEAR IS STRESSFUL, EXCITING, VERY BUSY, and FILLED WITH NEW ADVENTURES.  I encourage you to memorize this poem.



Welcome Class of 2020


WELCOME TO YOUR SENIOR YEAR!