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Helping Your Sophomores Get Ready For College

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Getting Your Sophomores Ready For College
Beginning the College Search Process
Using Naviance/Family Connection
Utilized by counselors, students, and parents
Student and parent side is 'Family Connection', counselor side is 'Naviance
Creates a college going culture between student-parent-counselor
Assists the counselor in sending school report, transcripts, letters of recommendations to the students college of choice (e-docs)
Assists student and parent in researching college, careers and possible interests.

What is STEM?
STEM stands for a cluster of careers in the fields of:
Science
Technology
Engineering
Math

About DePaul's ECC
Making a Plan
Presented by: Alyssa Fredrickson, Ashleigh Pigusch, Ayesha Kazi, and John Gianoulis
"Safety" Schools
student's academic credentials fall ABOVE
the school's range for the average freshman.
It is reasonably certain that the student
will be accepted to safety schools
"Match" Schools
student's academic credentials fall well
WITHIN the school's range for the average
freshman. There are no guarantees, but it's
not unreasonable to be accepted to many match schools
"Reach" Schools
student's academic credentials fall BELOW the school's range for the average freshman. Reach schools are long–shots but they could still be possible
What is a College Fit?
* information found on www.princetonreview.com
Things to consider ...
Location, student body size, institution type,
majors available, housing options,
extracurricular activities and programs, cost,
athletics...
Keep an open mind
Challenge your assumptions
Don't limit your college search
Start researching!
Look through college guidebooks and websites
Contact college admissions to recommend current students to talk to
Visit and tour college campuses
Attend prospective student events
*information found on www.bigfuture.collegeboard.org



Academics
Plan your high school courses wisely.
Challenge yourself with a rigorous course load.
Explore interests and potential careers through elective classes.
Work hard academically.
Extracurricular, Work, and Summer Activities
Join extracurricular activities, volunteer programs, work, or internships.
Distinguish yourself.
Make summer plans such as volunteering, working, or attending a summer program.
Create a high school resume.
Standardized Testing

Get ready for standardized tests.
Talk with the school counselor about learning differences.
Some average salaries
Resources to the Rescue
www.unigo.com
Over 150,000 student reviews and rankings on colleges
www.bigfuture.collegeboard.org
Finding your college fit; comparing colleges; explore careers
www.mycollegeoptions.org
Search colleges by specific criteria; majors search
www.knowhow2go.acenet.edu
Take a college quiz; make a plan; explore your interests

Applying for College
Applications open in
August
each year.
School specific application vs. common application
Pieces of an application:
Application Forms
High School Transcript
Final Transcript
Admission Test Scores
Letters of Recommendation
Essays
High School Resume
Be aware of deadlines!
Naviance/Family Connection Continued
Freshman year- Search/research possible career fields, take interest inventory, find colleges based off of career interests
Sophomore year- Utilize the resume builder
Junior Year- Assist in the college search process
Senior Year- narrow down colleges, request transcripts, letters of recommendation, search scholarships

Engineers depending on field: $52K to $83K
Software Engineers: $85K
Chemists: $66K
Medical Scientists: $73K
Geoscientist: $79K
Environmental Scientist: $60K
Biochemist/Biophysicist: $83K

Over the past decade, concern has been growing among government agencies, national organizations and private industry over the declining state of STEM education in the United States. As the United States seeks to fuel the future workforce in the crucial areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, it is critical to apply the necessary focus and resources to the population that can produce the greatest results. That population is early secondary students with an existing interest in STEM fields.
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Family Connection Tabs
About Me Tab: create profile, game plan, edit account, create resume
Career Tab: explore careers and clusters, take the career interest profiler, and personality type survey
College Tab: College look up, college search, ACT based scattergrams, college visit schedule, and scholarship lists.
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