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College/Career Center

The CCC is located in room 1123 (west building) just south of the Wood Commons. Our location is best accessed from the outside by way of the Forum Entrance off parking lot B.


SUMMER SOMETHINGS….

 

            We hope you are enjoying this warm summer.  While we don’t want to disturb the luxury of slower-paced summer days, we wanted to share some information with you to help you get ready for fall.

 

COMMON APPLICATION

         The Common Application [www.commonapp.org] is used by 540 colleges and universities.  We encourage curious seniors to take a look at its format and its essay questions [which will be the same for the Class of 2015] but please do NOT create your Common App account until after August 1st!  Each summer, the Common App purges all applications on August 1st, so please wait until then to set up your Common App account.

            By the way, we will offer seniors a workshop on the Common App in the fall [on September 3rd at 7:30 and again on September 11 at 2:35].

 

SEPTEMBER ACT?

            Some seniors might be planning to take the ACT one more time.  The next test date is September 13th; the deadline to register is August 8th.  We encourage you to go to www.act.org near August 1st to meet that registration deadline…

 

RESUME BUILDING

            Summer can be a great time to gather all your co-curriculars in one place so that you can list them on various college applications.  We encourage you to either use the resume builder built into Naviance or create an Excel spreadsheet so that you have, in one place, a list of every co-curricular activity in which you’ve participated since freshman year and the number of weekly participation hours.  Include both Stevenson and community activities, volunteer and work experiences.  Gathering this information now will make your application completion easier in the fall.

 

AND SPEAKING OF APPLICATIONS….

            Know that we will meet with every senior in groups the first two weeks of school to go over all the information you need to survive application season!  We’ll give you application timelines, explain how you send transcripts and answer every question you have about the college application process.

 

2014-15 COLLEGE/CAREER CENTER ACTIVITIES

            Here is a complete list of every program we will be offering in the upcoming school year.  Mark your calendars today to be sure you can join us throughout the school year.

 
September 9: Senior Parent Night, 7:00-8:30, PAC
                    10: North Suburban Conference NCAA Evening, 7:00-8:00, Warren Township HS O'Plaine Campus

October 15: "Finding the Fit", Junior Families, 7:00-8:30 pm, PAC
                23: Illinois Regional College Fair, 6:00-8:00 pm, CLC

January 6: Financial Aid Night, 7:00-9:00, PAC

February 10: Junior Parents-Only Seminar, 7:00-8:00 pm, PAC

March 11: "Planning Your Future," Sophomore Families, 7:00-8:30 pm, PAC
            12: Illinois Regional College Fair, 6:00-8:00 pm, CLC

April 9: "Looking Ahead", Freshman Families, 7:00-8:30 pm, PAC

May 21: Local Scholars Reception, 7:00-9:00 pm, Arboretum
 

REP-A-RAMA BEGINS SEPTEMBER 9

            Each fall, Stevenson welcomes 200 college representatives to the College/Career Center to meet with interested juniors and seniors.  A complete list of rep visits can be found on our Naviance site and is updated twice per week; students should get in the habit of checking Naviance and then arranging to secure a pass to visit with these reps.

            We’ve already booked four of our most popular colleges:

                        September 9th            4th hour          University of Illinois

                                                                6th hour          University of Iowa

                        September 15th          4th hour          Indiana University

                        Septembe 16th            3rd hour          University of Missouri

 

We hope you can join us as colleges visit with us this fall.

 

GET THE "WRITE STUFF" FOR THOSE COLLEGE ESSAYS

            One of the most daunting parts of those college applications is the essay or personal statement.  We offer seniors a workshop designed to give students an understanding of how these essays are used in the admission process, an overview of the structure of the essay, and some practical tips on how to write that first draft and then edit that essay.  We encourage every senior to attend our workshop on one of the following dates:

 

August 28th                           9:30 [late arrival]

September 4                          9:30 [late arrival]

September 8                          2:30 [8th hour]

September 9                          7:30 [second day of week]

September 10                        2:30 [8th hour]

September 12                        9:30 [late arrival]

September 15                        2:30 [8th hour]

 
NARROWING YOUR OPTIONS MEETING UPDATE
           If Seniors have not yet met with a college counselor for a Narrowing Your Options meeting in the spring, there are a limited number of meeting appointment times in September.  Please check back with the College/Career Center in September for more information.
 

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Enjoy summer!  See you in August…

 

Dan Miller and Sue Biemeret

SHS College Counselors