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.
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 7:30am & 3:30pm and again on September 11 at 2:35].
Seniors - got a quick question about college? Common App? College applications? We set up 5 drop-in days just for you! Speak with a college counselor in the CCC on September 23rd & 30th and October 7th, 15th & 21st between 7:30-8:15am (Second Day of the Week schedules). See ya there!
The start of the school year is 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.
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
21: Choices Fair at Vernon Hills High School, 6:00-9:00 pm
23: Illinois Regional College Fair, 6:00-8:00 pm, CLC
November 5: Career Exploration Fair, SHS Forum West Commons
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. Procedures to sign-up: 1.) Find the list of upcoming College Visits on your Naviance page. 2.) Sign-up for the specific college on Naviance. 3.) Print the sign-up confirmation page.
4.) Put your ID# on the page. 5.) Have the page signed by your classroom teacher at least 2 days PRIOR to the visit and bring it to the College/Career Center on the day of the visit. 6.) Bring the signed page to the CCC on the day of the college visit.
We’ve already booked four of our most popular colleges (all in room 2104):
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 2:45 [8th hour-Activity Day]
September 12 9:30 [late arrival]
September 15 2:35 [8th hour]
NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR IN CHICAGO
The National College Fair at Navy Pier in Chicago will take place on Saturday, September 27th, 2014, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm (or in Milwaukee on Sunday, September 28th from 12:00 to 3:00 pm). Pre-registration for Chicago is recommended and can be accessed here: https://www.gotomyncf.com/Registration/EventSelectForState?stateName=Illinois
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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We are looking forward to working with you this year!
Dan Miller and Sue Biemeret
SHS College Counselors