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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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.

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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.

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

 

 

 

Class of 2018 College Planning

Last week the guidance department hosted it’s annual College Planning Night for Juniors.  The purpose of this event is to provide valuable information to Lowell Catholic’s current juniors and their parents about what they should be thinking about now and as they head into summer regarding the college application process.

We understand that applying to college can be an overwhelming experience, or even just thinking about it can be.  Our goal is to try and alleviate some of the stress and anxiety that can be associated with the college application process.  With that being our focus, we use the Junior College Planning night (and the Senior College Planning night in the fall) to break it down and keep the focus on information that is currently useful.

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So what should a Lowell Catholic junior be doing right now to prepare for the college application process?

  1. Decide if you want to take the SAT or ACT (and SAT Subject Tests) and sign up to take one in the spring.
    • We recommend taking one of these tests at least twice.  Use free practice tests to determine which one you are more comfortable with, or take one of each and take the one you prefer a second time in the fall.
  2. Begin the college search.  Ask yourself these simple questions to help determine what you are looking for in a college:
    • Academic program – You want to make sure it has your major or programs you are interested in!
    • Location – How far away from home do you want to be?  Do you prefer a city?
    • Size – How many students?  How far are you willing to walk to class?
    • Cost – How will you afford it?
    • Sports/clubs – How will you be involved and keep busy?
    • Support services – Do you want access to free tutoring?
  3. College visits – This is where you will be spending the next four years.  The best way to know if a college is the right fit is to tour the campus!
  4. Begin to narrow down a list of schools that you are strongly interested in.
    • Create a list of target, safety, and reach schools.  Have a balance of all 3 types with a list of about 5-7 schools.
  5. Request letters of recommendation.  You should ask two teachers.  Try to choose one from junior year.  Also, think about the program you want to go into and ask a teacher related to it.  For example, if you want engineering, you should have a math or science teacher write a letter.  Requesting is a two step process.
    • Ask in person
    • Submit a request on Naviance.
  6. Complete your resume on Naviance.  This is important for letters of recommendation!

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Please be sure to meet with your counselor if you have any questions about the process and what should be done right now!  We are here to help you!