Planning Ahead October 15, College & Career Day
What is Senior College & Career Day? A half-day event on Oct. 15, which allows you the choice of participating in one of the following three options: • Take the ASVAB test (a career exploration and military entrance exam). • Meet with counselors to work on college applications and essay writing, scholarship searches, resume building and more. • Go on a college campus tour (Gonzaga, Whitworth, Eastern, Spokane Falls or Spokane Community College).
Planning to attend the counselor session? Please raise your hand if you are planning to attend the counselor session. • Your Seminar teacher will give you a Counselor Survey half sheet. Please take the survey indicating your top five choices of how you want to spend your time during this session (#1 being your top choice). • Please collect the surveys at the end of class and have a student turn them in at the Career Center.
College Campus Tours Are you planning to attend one of the college campus tours? • Your signed permission slip must be returned to Mrs. Mackleit in the Career Center by the end of the day TOMORROW, OCTOBER 8! • Need a permission slip? Pick one up in the Career Center!
What else do I need to know? Check out your October Senior Newsletter! • Your Seminar teacher will give you a copy!
Did you know? You will receive automatic admission into these colleges if you meet a certain GPA, have taken the SAT or ACT, and graduate with at least the minimum college entrance requirements: Eastern Washington University: 3.3 GPA Central Washington University: 3.4 GPA Washington State University: 3.5 GPA So, once you’re admitted to a college how do you plan to pay for it?
Show Me the Money! The Scholarship Search and Application Process
Where do I go to look for scholarships? Start here: Log on to www.lctigers.com Then, click on “College & Career”
Now where do I look? Click on “Scholarships” to view this page. (Feel free to check out the other pages full of great information, too!)
Bingo! You found it! Here you will find a number of places you can look for scholarship information: Link to Naviance Family Connection (your student ID number is your username and “tigers” is your password). Western Undergraduate Exchange Program (WUE) if you are planning to attend college out of state. Link to LC Scholarship listings. Other recommended scholarship search websites links.
LC Scholarship List Scholarships are not just for seniors! (They are only for seniors if a specific grade isn’t indicated.)
ACT Six Scholarship Info Events • Tuesday, Oct. 7 at Whitworth University • 6:30-8:00 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall • Saturday, Oct. 11 at Gonzaga University • 9:30-11:00 a.m. in Jundt Art Museum • Bring your parent(s)/guardian(s) • We will discuss financial aid, the ACT Six application and help you get started. This is your opportunity to interact with current ACT Six Scholars and college staff! • Questions? Contact Christine Brischle, firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 777-9622, ext. 415
Helpful Tips: • Most scholarships require you to write an essay based on a prompt they provide. Always have at least one person proof-read your essay before you submit it, preferably not your mom who already knows that you’re awesome. • If your essay rocks but your spelling/grammar sucks, you will not win the prize. • Have a resume ready to showcase your talents, achievements, and community involvement to scholarship committees. Having your resume prepared will also help you remember what you’ve done (especially if you wait until last minute to apply). • Spend more time on local scholarships than on national ones (Less competition = Better chance of winning!).
Eleven Essay Mistakes to Avoid Like the Plague! 1. Don't be offensive.We get that it's hip to be edgy, but watch that you don't overstep the bounds of good taste in your essay when ruminating on faith, race, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, or politics. 2. Avoid controversial political topics.You're in the Tea Party. The admissions officer is a communist. Don’t risk offending readers and losing your shot at the money. 3. Don't be negative.It's not okay to talk about your dead dog in your college essay, unless Fido's death spurred you into caring about the plight of homeless animals so much that you felt compelled to start your city's first animal shelter. 4. Beware the overshare. There are some things that the committee does not needto know, and they don’t want to know. 5. Don't disparage the school you're applying to. You're trying to get in, right? Just...just don’t go there.
Eleven Essay Mistakes to Avoid Like the Plague! 6. Don't be too creativeThe scholarship committee is looking for a solid, real, interesting piece of prose, not a Shakespearean sonnet. 7. Don't be arrogant.Highlight your strengths in your essay, but not at the expense of others. 8. Answer the essay prompt.We've discussed this before, but it's another one of those things we can't say often enough, rather like “Brush your teeth twice a day” and “Milk belongs in the fridge, not on the counter.” 9. Don't write too little.There's a word limit attached to your essay, which means that the scholarship committee thinks you'll have at least that much to say about their prompt. 10. Remember what your English teachers taught you.Check for spelling and grammar errors, write in paragraph form, and don't use profanity. • Don't spell the names incorrectly. It's “Johns Hopkins”, not “John Hopkins.” Yeesh. www.shmoop.com/college/mistakes-personal-statement.html
Things to remember: • Being Valedictorian doesn’t guarantee you will win a lot of scholarships. Being smart may earn you merit scholarship money, but what can you offer besides your intelligence? How have you used your brilliance to better your school and/or community? • Follow ALL directions exactly; if they want a 5x7 photo in black and white, don’t send a color one or one you wouldn’t want published in the news when you win! • Apply, apply, and apply for any and all scholarships you qualify for. You can’t win if you don’t enter.
Still have questions or need help? Stop by and see Mrs. Mackleit in the Career Center, room 105.