Please note that Mr. Ekstrom and Mrs. Mayo will be away on DW from October 27 to December 4 and they will have limited access to email. Mr Ekstrom and Mrs Gilmore will be away on a conference November 7-11, but will be able to respond to emails during this time.
We're almost there...a week away from the daily routines. Be safe, positive and reflective as you spend this week discovering new things about both the environment that you find yourself in, the people you are surrounded by and most importantly about yourself! This is a great opportunity to experience something that you may want to include in your university application - it could be something you share with your counselor for their recommendation letter, or something that you include in a personal statement. You may want to bring a journal with you to jot down thoughts that you can later rely on :)
WHAT YOU SHOULD BE WORKING ON
Currently, your counselors have been in classes working with you on the Uniquest assignment.
Remember: *it will take you approximately five hours to complete *you need to complete the Do What You Are, Learning Style Inventory and Career Interest Profiler Surveys first *the three universities that you research should be different in terms of size, location, course offerings etc. YOU SHOULD ONLY CHOOSE ONE REACH SCHOOL *the due date is December 4th
PARENTS: Here is an example of some of the questions your child is working on.
What are you looking for in a university - your personal criteria?
If your parents have any specific requests or criteria when it comes to your college or major, please explain. If they don't then just say "they are very supportive" or "they want me to do whatever makes me happy".
What is your personality type ex. ISTJ
The most relevant strengths that I got from "Do What You Are" are: Please do not copy and paste. Rather, expand and reflect on the survey results.
The most important aspects of Learning Style that I got from "Do What You Are" are: Please do not copy and paste. Expand and reflect on the survey results.
Go back to the suggestions under “Your College Satisfiers” on the DWYA report, and decide on the most important aspect(s) of college learning environment. Type it in here:
The most interesting career suggested by DWYA and/or Career Interest Profiler is:
The name of the first college/university (College 1) that I have researched is
How many students study at college 1? Mention both undergraduate and postgraduate populations.
Where is college 1 located? Would you define the location as urban, suburban, or rural?
What are college 1's admissions expectations? What are their numerical requirements? You should mention mid 50% SAT/ACT scores and acceptance rate for the US, and minimum requirement for the UK and Australia. If you are not sure about this question for your particular country then please ask your counselor.
How much does it cost to attend college 1? Mention tuition fee as well as boarding (accommodation and food combined).
What major(s) at college 1 do you find interesting? Do they lead to the career(s) you are interested in?
I know that college 1 is strong in this/these major(s) because:
Review your “Do What You Are” Personality Profile and your preferred learning style. Does college 1 meet your own approach to learning? Discuss. Be as specific as you can in regard to the classroom environment and the type of activities the professors seem to use in relation to your learning style.
It is great to see many of you at the lunchtime sessions on researching universities around the world! Remember that you can research universities anytime using this link.
Still to come: Thursday, Oct. 25th- Researching Universities in Australia/New Zealand Tuesday, Nov. 6th- Researching Universities in UK
We will be rescheduling the Researching Universities in the US session as many of students were busy with assignments that week - Be on the lookout for an email with the repeat session!!
As you work on your list of schools that you are interested in, make sure to add them to this spreadsheet
COLLEGE REPS - YOUR GREATEST RESOURCE!
Here are 20 questions that you can ask the over 200 college reps that visit SFS each year.
REMEMBER, COLLEGE VISITS ARE EMAILED TO YOU THE FRIDAY BEFORE THE FOLLOWING WEEK, THEY ARE ON THE ANNOUNCEMENTS AND YOU CAN ALWAYS LOOK AHEAD TO COLLEGE VISITS AT SFS AND AROUND KOREA USING THIS LINK
November Visits booked so far! November 5th @11:50 University of San Francisco CA University of San Francisco is located in the heart of one of the world’s most innovative and diverse cities, and is home to a vibrant academic community of students and faculty who achieve excellence in their fields. Its diverse student body enjoys direct access to faculty, small classes and outstanding opportunities in the city itself. USF is San Francisco’s first university, and its Jesuit Catholic mission helps ignite a student’s passion for social justice and a desire to “Change the World From Here.” November 7th @11:50 Cairn University PA November 12th @11:50 St. Olaf College MN
St. Olaf has 3,000 students with strong international representation and overall global engagement in the community: 300 international students representing 95 countries.
Our residential campus is located in Northfield, Minnesota (20,000 people), approximately 65 km (40 miles) from Minneapolis/St. Paul international airport and across town from Carleton College.
St. Olaf has a rigorous liberal arts and sciences curriculum with particularly strong and popular programs in mathematics, computer science, and statistics, the natural sciences (biology, chemistry, and physics), music, economics, and political science.
About 1,000 students are involved in music with high-caliber opportunities in music, theater, dance, and visual art.
St. Olaf ranks 11th among U.S. LAC's in Ph.D. earners with a 97% job/graduate school placement rate for graduates.
November 13th@11:50 Orange Coast College CA 1)Orange Coast College is the largest 2-year college in Orange County, California minutes from Disneyland and California’s most popular beaches. 2)SAT or ACT is not required, including for transfer to UC and Cal State which OCC is the 3rd largest sender of transfers combined. 3)130 programs covering land, air and sea including our Film and Television production program and the largest 2-year marine science program in the U.S. which is home to the only student led research aquarium in the state of California. 4)Top athletics program and the only 2-year college who competes in crew and has a winning percentage of 80% against teams in the Ivy League and NCAA Division I. 5)The first 2-year college to win 4 consecutive national title in speech and debate. 6)Top visual and performing arts program. OCC Chambers singers have performed at Carnegie Hall in the last 10 years and OCC alumni include comedian Will Farrell, actress Diane Keaton, Fashion designer Paul Frank, actor Adam Devine from the film Pitch Perfect, TV personality Chrissy Teigen, and comedian Patrick Warburton from animated series, Family Guy. November 27th@11:50 Imperial College London **Special presentation in the HS Library classroom on studying STEM in the UK generally and at Imperial specifically. Two identical presentations 11:50-12:20 ONLY students 12:20-12:50 students and parents
A 2018 SFS graduate shares his story.
This SFS graduate wants Juniors to pay attention to his college selection process and outcome - with much thanks from his counselor, here is Joo Eon Park's email dated Oct. 17th, 2018
Hello Ms. Mayo, It's Joo Eon. I graduated a few months back and I'm currently studying at the University of Rochester.
As you may or may not remember, college acceptances for me wasn't the best experience. After getting a single acceptance letter from the U of R, I seriously considered taking a gap year, waitlisted for other schools, and was expecting to transfer to a "better" school. I believed I deserved better – at least to compensate for all the support I have gotten from others. But only once U of R became a major option for me, did I start realizing how great of a place it could be for my college career.
U of R is great – it's pretty much all I can ask for in terms of education and opportunities. I'm taking music classes, computer science, playing in a rock band for course credit, and trying out this new thing called Audio & Music Engineering. I think more upcoming college students should take a look into U of R's curriculum and not make the same mistake I did of completely ignoring all colleges that were below reach level. It's a great target/reach school for students looking for a flexible curriculum. Plus, it is definitely not a breeze studying here – the academics are challenging and fulfilling. Therefore, I really don't care much for where else I could've been, because I'm very content here. In fact, I feel lucky to be here.
I just wanted to write to you to let you know how I'm doing and also remind you (to remind your students) how things just sometimes won't turn out how you planned it to and that whatever happens there will be great new opportunities. I was really frustrated when I didn't get accepted into my reach universities (and target/safety universities for that matter), because I knew I gave it my best and my best wasn't good enough. I'm sure many of the students will be faced with the same thoughts soon as admission letters roll in. Perhaps you know of a few students that would benefit from looking into the U of R... and if it's too late for the current seniors, maybe some juniors will be interested.
I hope the application process is going smoothly for the current seniors (and will go well for the juniors!). I want to personally thank you for being my counselor and supporting me throughout the application process.
Best, Joo Eon Park
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A LOOK AHEAD TO THE REST OF THE YEAR
December 4: Deadline for the UniQuest Assignment January-February: Individual one-hour Post-UniQuest Meetings April-May: 3-Way College Conferences between student, parent and counselor Continuously: University visits @ SFS (approximately 200 universities per year)