JUNIORS - congratulations on finishing your first semester of the IB! Not only that, but you've also been working on your Uniquest assignment and Ducks in a Row - researching universities and considering what exactly would be a GOOD FIT school for you. We know that this is a stressful time for both Juniors and their parents but, rest-assured, the work you are doing now will serve you well coming into your senior year. Remember that this process will look different for each of you; some of you may choose to take a gap year; some will choose universities in the UK, some in the US, some will apply to various other countries around the world. Some of you may choose a combination of country systems to apply to. Some students will choose 10 schools to apply to (our maximum) while others will choose 5-6 well-researched schools. Please DO NOT compare yourself to anyone else - This is YOUR journey!
Post-Uniquest meeting with your counselor
The Post-Uniquest meetings have been going well. Nearly half of you have already met with your counselor to go over the assignment and talk about important considerations in the university application process. Here is a reminder of the topics we will cover: •Review UniQuest Assignment •Describe your dream university •What do you want to study? (Undeclared?) •Oxford/Cambridge, Medicine/Dentistry/Vet Science in the UK? •Early Action/Decision •Where do you want to study (country, rural, urban….) •How do you want to study? •Learning style, Size of university, Interaction with teachers and students, Lecture or discussion, Internships, Undergraduate Research, Specialized or general, Undergraduate Vs Postgraduate populations, Residence Colleges •What do your parents want, and how much does it matter? •Reach/Fit/Star schools •How are you doing your research? •What do you want to do after college and where do you want to live? •Financial considerations •Athletic scholarship and div 1-2 hopes? •Testing – SAT/SAT Subject tests/ACT/IELTS/TOEFL/IB •Three-way College Conference in April/May •University Application Timeline 2019-2020 •Teacher Recommendation Letters (deadlines) •Spring College Essay workshops •Junior Interview Survey and Parent Brag Sheet •Summer plans/College tours?
Keep these things at the forefront of your mind as you continue your college research
What do I want to study? Where do I want to study? Do I need to make financial considerations? What is my ideal learning environment? How important is weather to me? How important is diversity in a school's population? How important is cultural/sports/entertainment opportunities? How do my career aspirations connect to my undergraduate education?
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Applying to Summer Programs? Here's what you need to know:
SFSHS recognizes that many of our students choose to attend summer school/programs;
Student can request recommendations for two summer school/programs per year.
SFS does not accept credits or grades earned at any summer school program.
Requests for recommendations should not be given directly to the teachers
If it is a paper/pdf recommendation, it should be turned into the counselor.
Be advised, recommendations are not shared with students/parents.
If it is an electronic recommendation, please do not send the request to the teacher until you are directed by your counselor.
A minimum of two weeks should be allowed for the counselor to process the application.
*Summer School applications cannot be processed for Freshmen until first semester transcripts are available at the beginning of February.
Please complete this formto begin the summer program application process with your counselor.
To help your counselor write an amazing recommendation letter please complete the counselor recommendation questionnaire for your specific counselor. COUNSELOR RECOMMENDATION
*SFS Counselors do not endorse specific programs but you can find a growing list of available programs here.
UNIVERSITY SPOTLIGHT Each month a different university from around the world will be highlighted.
WILLIAM AND MARY - VIRGINIA U.S.A.
In a Few Words: William and Mary is famous for its rigorous liberal arts curriculum and dedicated, engaged professors. The campus, adjoining Colonial Williamsburg, is a masterwork of preservation and innovation. Uniqueness: Founded in 1693, the College of William and Mary is the second oldest institution of higher education in the United States after Harvard University. Comedian Jon Stewart graduated from W&M in 1984. Surprisingly, he actually started off as a chemistry major before transitioning to psychology. Every couple at College of William and Mary will have gone to the crest of the Crim Dell bridge and shared a kiss! Legend has it that those that do will be together forever. Though an unofficial tradition, students of W&M partake in their own style of a “triathlon”, which includes streaking, jumping over a wall, and swimming across a pond. Many students do it in parts, and also do it while naked. Completed in 1700, The Wren Building is the oldest academic building in the U.S. that is still be used today. Three U.S. Presidents attended College of William and Mary: Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, John Tyler Size: 8617 students Curriculum: The College Curriculum. All W&M undergraduate students share the College Curriculum experience, a set of specially designed courses that connect and integrate knowledge across the academic disciplines. Location: Williamsburg, Virginia, is approximately 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. and located midway between Richmond and Norfolk on interstate 64. Far from having seen its heyday as the Capital of Virginia in 1698, Williamsburg offers the ideal setting for a modern, collegiate atmosphere Admission: Common Application Admissions Expectations: The average ACT score at William and Mary is 30. The average GPA at William and Mary is 4.19. Average SAT is 1430 Cost: In-state: $37,386 Out-of-state: $58,441 USD
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