Sent on the last Thursday of each month, the Counseling Newsletter provides extra guidance and information to assist you during the university application process. Please read each issue carefully. The newsletter is also shared with your parents and teachers, and it can be used to help create more dialogue about your future.
This is the last issue of the Counseling Newsletter.
We have only fiveweeks left until we can truly say — Congratulations!! But before that we will have some important meetings and sessions. All Seniors will join a whole day of transition sessions offered by their counselors and teachers on Wednesday 29 May. Seniors will also meet individually with their counselor through the Senior Exit Meetings. We will meet with senior parents in the Transition Session for Parents on Tuesday May 14. We will also meet with students and parents at the US student visa application information session offered by the US Embassy. The date is still to be confirmed. More information about these sessions will be shared shortly.
All these things, and more, is discussed in this final issue.
Kind regards, The High School Counselors
Where are the Seniors at right now?
Many Seniors are making their final university decision at the moment.
They are making a deposit to their intended US university and they are making their Firm and Insurance choices on UCAS.
They will have their last school day tomorrow. Yeeaaayy!!
They are preparing intensely for the final exams that begin on Thursday next week.
They are all looking forward to Graduation on May 31 :-)
Keep up the hard work, and good luck with your exams!
This Year in Numbers:
Our Grade 12 Teachers wrote 275 recommendation letters this year.
Our 112 Seniors sent 1131 university applications.
We will share a list of all university acceptances after the final exams.
15 most popular universities (highest number of applications - last year in parentheses)
University of California, Los Angeles - 46 (48)
University of California, Berkeley - 39 (44)
University of California, San Diego - 41 (47)
University of Southern California - 35 (33)
New York University - 31 (38)
Emory University - 29 (20)
University of California, Irvine - 27 (35)
Cornell University - 27 (24)
University of California, Santa Barbara - 26 (24)
University of Michigan - 24 (40)
Boston University - 23 (32)
Boston College - 20 (16)
University of California, Davis - 20 (24)
University of Pennsylvania - 19 (18)
Brown University - 19 (13)
Deadline to Accept your US University Offer
May 1 is the deadline for you to pay the deposit to the college of your choice. It is usually $500-$1000. Contact your counselor if you are not sure how this process works, or if you are waitlisted and you are not sure what to do.
Before you Make your Decision
We strongly recommend that you watch this short talk by Malcolm Gladwell before you make your final decision on which college you want to attend.
Sending Final Transcripts to your Universities
The counselors will send your final transcript to your chosen university first week of June.
Have you been Waitlisted?
If you have been waitlisted at your first choice university then please make sure you deposit at your second choice university. If you get off the waitlist then let your counselor know ASAP, so that we can send them your final transcript.
Senior Exit Meetings
All students will meet with their counselor for a 20-minute Senior Exit Meeting. These meetings will be completed before May 24. In this meeting, we will discuss your exit process, complete a short survey, and discuss your final university decision.
Pre-Departure Orientation Session for Seniors
During the Senior Week, on Wednesday 29 May, we will spend the whole day (08.00-15.10) discussing your upcoming transition. Five topics will be covered: Transition to College, Cross-cultural Kids and Cultural Mapping, Staying Safe, Laundry 101, and Back in the Day (teacher panel).
Pre-Departure Orientation Session for Senior Parents
On Tuesday 14 May, 6.30-8.00 pm, the counselors will offer a Transition Session for Senior Parents. During this session we will talk about the emotional part of the upcoming transition, but we will also look into the logistics of going to university, such as what to do if there is an emergency, how to stay in contact, budgeting, housing, etc. The session will take place in the upper lobby of the Lyso, and an email will be sent to parents soon with information about how to register.
Student Visa Application Information Session by the US Embassy
A representative from the US Embassy will come and talk with students and parents about the visa application process.The date is still to be confirmed. More information will be sent shortly.
University Applications Sent After Graduation
Students applying to universities in countries where the application process begins after you have graduated from SFS such as Australia and New Zealand, please let your counselor know what your plan is, and stay in contact with him or her during the summer. We will be back on July 29, but we will be able to send emails and electronic documents during the summer vacation as necessary.
Possible Scenarios on IB Results Day - for UK Applicants
Are you wondering what will happen to your conditional offers when the IB results are released to universities on July 5? If yes then please read through the Possible scenarios on IB Results Day carefully, and save the link so that you can go back to it when the day comes. Please reach out to your counselor by email ASAP if you need any support or guidance when your results come out. We are more than happy to help out.
This is your last Counseling Newsletter.
Dear students, Good luck with your future endeavours. Please remember to come back and visit us. All the best, The High School Counselors Mrs Gilmore, Mrs Mayo, Mrs Holcomb, and Mr Ekstrom