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Navigating Senior Year

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Transcript of Navigating Senior Year

Next Steps!
Essay review by counselors for students who attended "Oh My Essay" in Spring 2018
College Application Workshops
College Interview Preparation
Parent College Information Night
December & January
February- May =
Sign up and take PCC Placement Test
Sign up for PCC Pathways Program
Continue to apply for Scholarships
Deadlines & More Deadlines
Take University Admissions Placement test
check university portals for dates & deadlines
may not be required depending on SBAC and SAT scores
Take Community College Placement Testing
Send final Transcripts through Parchment
Visit admitted Colleges
Final Decision May 1st!
Navigating Senior Year
Without freaking out
Super Match
Update College List
Colleges I'm Thinking about
Colleges I'm Applying To
Identify what is important to you!
Build Your College List
Compare Colleges
Apply, Apply, Apply!
While we wait for Decisions, be sure to...
Once you've been admitted, don't forget to...
Your College Essay
What does this essay tell you?
College Essay
Common App
The Prompts
Breaking it down
1. Think about all of the activities that you are involved in
2. Select one activity
3. Complete the worksheet

Your Turn
Freshmen Personal Insight Questions:
1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. [No change]

2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? [Revised]

3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome? [Revised]

4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. [No change]

5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others. [Revised]

6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more? [New]

7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design. [New]
Respond to 4 out of the 8 questions
Maximum of 350 words per response
2. Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side.
Finalizing my Resume
Building Your Resume
In Naviance
Highlight your achievements
Identify your skills
Put your experience on Paper
Volunteer Experience
Extra Curricular Activities
Work Experience
Awards & Achievments
Why Do I need A Resume?
What do I add in my Resume?
select customizable Resume
Title it
check all of the boxes
select save & update
Don't forget to update your resume when...
you start a new volunteer position
start a new job
get a new award
start a new club
Update College List
Attend Senior Orientation
Request Letters of Recommendation (3wks notice)
College Essays: Complete, review, rewrite!
Attend College Presentations
Attend Financial Aid Nights Part 1 & 2
Complete your FAFSA
Attend Cash for college
Complete CSS Profile
Don't Forget about the

October 1st- November 30th
November 1st- November 30th
Private/Out of State:
Varies by school
Common App = Counselor Reccomendation
Don't Forget to Visit...
Guidance Website:

College & Career Center Website:

Get To Know Your Counselor!! Common App= Letter of Recommendation
Research, Research, Research!
Oh My Essay
4 year colleges
Community Colleges
Vocational Schools
Military options
Give your counselor a 3 week notice if you will need a letter of recommendation
Must Do's!!!
Apply for Community College
Learn about TAG (Transfer Admission Guarantee
Learn about Certificated programs
Continue to Apply for Scholarships
Take SAT/ACT & Submit Test Scores
Tell your Counselor to submit Mid-Year Reports
Notify Colleges of Spring Schedule Changes
Get to know your counselor!
Develop & finalize college list
Visit College Campuses or take Virtual Tour
Start College Resume & Brag Sheet
Start College Essays
Begin your applications
Common App Available August 1st
Look at UC and Cal State sites to familiarize yourself with the application requirements
Preparing for your senior year
Review your Post High School Pathway
Verify A-G Requirements
Verify Graduation Requirements
Summer School Registration
Reasons for Summer School
Make up D's for A-G courses (Fee Based)
Make up an F for Graduation (Free)
Semester one:
June 11-June 29
Semester two:
July 2-July 20
Essay limit 650 words
1. Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes or contributed to group efforts over time.
2. Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side.
3. What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?
4. Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.
5. Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to overcome this challenge. How has this challenge affected your academic achievement?
6. Describe your favorite academic subject and explain how it has influenced you.
7. What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?
8. What is the one thing that you think sets you apart from other candidates applying to the University of California?
Things to consider:
What does creativity mean to you?
Do you have a creative skill that is important to you?
What have you been able to do with that skill? If you used creativity to solve a problem, what was your solution?
What are the steps you took to solve the problem?
How does your creativity influence your decisions inside or outside the classroom?
Does your creativity relate to your major or a future career?
Brag Sheets
Do I need one?
Allows you to keep track of your involvement w/activities
allows you to highlight yourself
makes it easy for recommenders to complete your letter of recommendation
Will available in Naviance as a PDF next week in the document library
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