Attention Juniors: Notes from College Advisor Myra Ross

Hello juniors:

  1.  Two-thirds of your junior year is just about done.  If you aren’t thinking about what you want to do after graduation yet, this is a good time to start thinking about it.  Complete the Junior Questionnaire for College Conference under About Me in Naviance.  Then you can come into the Guidance Office next week to make an appointment for your college meeting.  Be sure you know when your parents/guardians are available.
  2.  Remember – there will be a terrific evening program about the college admissions process for juniors, offered by MEFA (Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority), next Thursday night, March 16, at 7:00 in the cafeteria.  MEFA programs are always good!  It’s important to get other perspectives on the admissions process.  I think everyone will leave with at least one new idea.  Check out their website at mefa.org/juniors.  They are an excellent source for all kinds of college information including but not limited to financial information and loans.
  3.  Mark your calendars so you will remember the May 2(Tuesday) panel presentation by seniors for juniors and their parents/guardians, at 7:00 in the auditorium.  The seniors will tell you about their experiences with admissions.  Why re-invent the wheel and why make the same mistakes they made.  Come to hear their compelling, and often amusing stories.
  4.  If you took the PSAT, retrieve the code that you used to get your scores.  Go to psat.org and use it to bring your PSAT information into Khan Academy, where there is a very helpful SAT tutorial program established in conjunction with the College Board.
  5.  Remember, through Naviance you have free access to a valuable test-preparation program called Method Test Prep. You can use it to prepare for both the SAT and the ACT.  Click the link for Method Test Prep and set up an account by creating a user name and password.  Remember that the ACT has a science section.  At a minimum you should do the modules related to science in addition to any math, reading and writing prep you have done.
  1.  There will be a large college fair at the Young Building at the Eastern States Exposition (Big-E) on Monday, April 3 from 6:30-8:30.  Although fairs can be overwhelming, they can also be the place you learn about a college that might be a great fit for you.  If you register in advance at http://www.gotomyncf.com                                And print your receipt with the barcode, you won’t need to fill out any cards!
  1. A test-prep partnership between Kaplan and the ACT has produced ACT® Kaplan Online Test Prep Live.  Go to https://www.kaptest.com/act/pages/actpartnership for more information.
  1. Brian Leaf will be offering a fee-based mini-course at ARHS for the June 10 Act.  This course is ideal for students who have done a fair amount of preparation on their own and would like some useful hints and strategies.  The class will be from 6:00-9:00 on Thursday, June 1 and Tuesday, June 6.  The cost will be $250.  Sign up ASAP at brianleaf.com.  If there are six paid registrations, the class will be offered free to any juniors on free/reduced lunch.  If you are eligible and want to take the course free, see Mrs. Cappelli in Guidance.

 

Myra Ross

College Advisor

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