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NAVIGATING SENIOR YEAR: Tips for Parents. Basehor-Linwood High School Class of 2012 Nancy Silverforb. Senior year can be a roller coaster of emotions for both students and parents…. ~A time of anticipation and anxiety; ~A time of transition as students move towards greater independence

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navigating senior year tips for parents

NAVIGATING SENIOR YEAR: Tips for Parents

Basehor-Linwood High School Class of 2012

Nancy Silverforb

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Senior year can be a roller coaster of emotions for both students and parents…..

~A time of anticipation and anxiety;

~A time of transition as students move towards greater independence

~A time to embrace new challenges like managing time and finances

~A time to let go

~A time to redefine oneself

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“and other days when I wanted to drop kick her right out the front door.” ….words from my cousin

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SHOULD I BE FEELING GUILTY? WE HAVEN’T DONE ANYTHING YET.

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO PLAN FOR THE FUTURE

WHEREVER YOU ARE NOW IS OK

THINGS HAVE A WAY OF WORKING OUT

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My student doesn’t have any idea what he/she wants to do…

“Most successful young people don’t look inside and then plan a life. They look outside and find a problem, which summons their life.”

David Brooks – K.C. Star,

June 1, 2011

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NEED-TO-KNOW POINTS

  • A reasonable timeline for senior year
  • What college testing does my student need?
  • Factors to weigh in selecting a college
  • The admissions process-what & when
  • Scholarships
  • Financial Aid
  • What should I be doing to help my student?
  • Resources to help us be better informed
  • My role as counselor
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TO-DO LIST FOR FALL SEMESTER

SIGN UP TO TAKE OR RE-TAKE ACT

REGISTER FOR ACT TESTING STRATEGIES WORKSHOP

FILL OUT A TRANSCRIPT FORM IN THE COUNSELING OFFICE

VISIT COLLEGE REPS AT BLHS

COMPLETE SENIOR CAREER PROJECT IN ENGLISH IV

SENIOR INTERVIEW WITH COUNSELOR

GO ON SCHEDULED COLLEGE VISITS

VISIT SCHOOL WEBSITES FOR ADMISSIONS/SCHOLARSHIP INFO.

ATTEND AREA COLLEGE FAIRS

IF APPLYING FOR TOP SCHOLARSHIPS, REMEMBER NOVEMBER 1 DEADLINES AT MANY UNIVERSITIES

VISIT THE BLHS COUNSELING WEBSITE OFTEN

SUBMIT APPLICATION FOR ADMISSIONS/HOUSING/SCHOLARSHIPS

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TO-DO LIST FOR SPRING SEMESTER

Submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon after Jan. 1 as possible

Continue to complete application packets if not done & research scholarships

Fill out online application for local scholarships (available Monday, January 30/ due Friday, February 24 at 4:00 p.m.

March 1 is priority deadline for FAFSA

April 1 if final admission deadline for some universities (KU)

May 17: Commencement

choosing a college
Choosing a College

Considerations for students

Guidelines for parents

Provide encouragement, support

Let the student drive the process

Provide realistic feedback

Respect your child’s decisions

Encourage your student to ask for help

  • Personal traits
  • Goals
  • Academic abilities
  • Financial realities
your ideal college
YourIdealCollege
  • Size
  • Location
  • Environment (Physical, Academic, Social)
  • Programs of Study
  • Majors, Internships, Creativity
  • Extra-curricular options
  • Clubs & Organizations, Sports, Greek Life
  • Post-Graduate Opportunities: Placement Office, Networking
college admissions where do we start
College Admissions: Where Do We Start?

Visit college websites – check pages on admissions – tuition-scholarships and financial aid

Follow links from career websites to find colleges that offer specific programs ex. Kansas Career Pipeline

Download applications or submit them online

Pay attention to deadlines

financial aid
Financial Aid
  • Financial aid, or Federal Student Aid, as it is known, comes from the government. It is money that helps students pay for educational expenses at postsecondary school: college, university, vocational school, graduate school.
  • Grants – do not have to be paid back, and are based on the student’s financial need (as demonstrated on the FAFSA)
  • Scholarships – Money awarded on student achievement. May come from the government, the institution, or private donors. Does not have to be repaid
  • Work-Study – Money earned by the student from a job on or near the campus. Does not have to be repaid
  • Loans – Must be repaid with interest.
  • For more information, go to www.FederalStudentAid.ed.gov
scholarship sources
Scholarship Sources

Scholarships are based on merit or a particular talent, and do not need to be paid back.

Always check the Counselors’ webpage for updates.

  • Local scholarships – students apply online in February
  • Scholarships from the postsecondary institution
  • Parents’ work
  • Church or other community organizations
  • National scholarships