College Rep Visits

college tour tips

One of the big things the guidance department stresses to students as they prepare to apply to colleges is to visit a college campus, meet with an admissions representative, and ask questions!  Admissions representatives love to meet potential students and answer questions about the school.  And the more contact you have with them, the more interest you are showing in a school, which can only work in your favor!

LC offers an easy way to meet with an admissions representative, which is to sign up for a visit right here at the school!  Every fall, representatives travel to high schools to meet with students in small groups.  This is a great way for students to ask any questions they may have about a school.  A question can be about a study abroad program, internships, or even how the food is!

Right now there are just over 20 colleges signed up to come visit LC.  Seniors are allowed 3 visits to miss a class with teacher permission.  Study and lunch do not count towards the 3 visits.  Juniors are allowed to attend visits as well, and are allowed 2 missed classes.  We encourage you to look at the College Visit list on Naviance and sign up to learn more about a school you are interested in or maybe get information about a school that you have never heard of!

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New! College Search Form

One question the counselors get asked frequently is, “Can you recommend good schools for me to apply to?”  We always want to help with this, but coming up with an answer isn’t that easy.  Each student’s college search is unique and we have so many questions we need to ask before we can research schools.  To make the process a bit easier this year, the College Search Form was created and sent out to all of the seniors.  If coming up with a list of schools is a struggle, a student can fill out this form and share it with his or her guidance counselor.  With the frequent events, fairs, and meetings with admission representatives, counselors may have a little more insight on schools that a student is not picking up on.  That along with the answers on the form will allow us to introduce a few more schools.

The College Search Form is broken down into categories.  Asking questions related to geography, academic interest, and co-curricular activities can assist in finding schools that are worth researching further.  If a student is completely lost and doesn’t know where to begin, this form may help with that is well and steer the search in the right direction.  We hope that our seniors don’t hesitate to take advantage of this new, helpful tool!

And although it’s the seniors who are sending out applications now, this form can be helpful for a student in any grade!  It’s the perfect way to get some ideas and think about what you would want in a college so please don’t hesitate to take advantage!

College Search Form

 

Welcome Back! 17/18

The guidance department is so excited to kick off the 2017-2018 school year!  Every year, the first day of school consists of a meeting with each class.  Guidance is a part of these meetings and it gives the counselors an opportunity to welcome the students back and provide important information and reminders.

welcome back

We are so happy to welcome the freshmen, Class of 2021, to the Lowell Catholic Community!  It is important to the counselors for the freshmen to know who we are, which counselor is his or hers, and what we can do to help!  Many incoming 9th graders have never had a school counselor before, so this first introduction is very important!

Now that they have a year under their belts, the sophomores need to be prepared for more challenges!  Some have had the opportunity to advance levels and there are just more expectations in general.  The counselors stress to the sophomores that they should take advantage of all the support they have at the school, such as extra-help sessions and peer tutors.  The sophomores will also be taking the PSAT exam for the first time this year.  We reinforce that this is a great opportunity to get a sense of what it is like to take this type of standardized test!

They hear it all the time, but juniors have an important year ahead of them.  It may still seem far away, but they need to start thinking about colleges, and junior year grades play a big role in this.  We encouraged the juniors to work hard, take advantage of resources if support is needed, and get involved/continue to be involved in the school and community.  They will also be taking the PSAT exam a second time, but this round has a little more weight.  Before they know it, the SAT in the spring will be here so we want them to reflect on the results and how they can better prepare for the real thing.

For the seniors, where do we begin?!  Not wanting to overwhelm them on the first day, they were reminded of a few key items they should be thinking about.  The number one thing is communication!  For the counselors to help the seniors most effectively, the need to be telling us what schools/majors they are considering, where they are in the college application process, etc.  Finally, they need to be thinking about taking the SAT and/or ACT if it has not been done yet, request letters of recommendation, and begin work on the college essay.  And a reminder that the Senior College Information Night will be held on Thursday, Sept. 21st.

first day back

 

The guidance department wishes all of the classes the best of luck this year!