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
This week Mr. Seebode, a member of our Science department, shares his high school memories with us!
Name: Mr. Seebode
High School: Union Catholic (Scotch Plains, NJ)
What Were You Like in High School:
I am very grateful for the experiences I had in high school! I had a small, but close friend group and did my best to work hard. One thing I loved about high school were the opportunities to be involved in many different activities and classes. I was a 3 season athlete (cross country, winter track, and spring track), involved in campus ministry, and took 7 AP classes during my Junior and Senior Year. I even formed a club called the “Animal Rights and Endangered Species Club” during my senior year to raise money and awareness for the World Wildlife Fund.
Favorite High School Classes:
I loved the science classes I took in High School. Along with AP Environmental. AP Biology, and physic classes that I took during my junior and senior years, I also took 4 science VHS classes: Oceanography, Animal Behavior & Zoology, Astronomy, and Anatomy.
Advice for My Freshman Self
Be present! It is easy to rush from one thing to another in high school and to always be thinking of the next thing. During school, you’re thinking about practice or time with friends. During your practice or extracurricular events, you are thinking about all the homework you have that night. And at night while you are at home, you are focused about the day or weekend ahead. Be present and in the moment. Enjoy practice and extracurricular events when you are practice. Focus in on school when in class. And be completely present with your friends and family to make the most of their presence. High School is a busy time in your life, but it really helps to be present during each part of your busy schedule in order to make the most of every experience!
Thanks for sharing with us, Mr. Seebode!
LCHS’s art teacher, Ms. Falardeau, shares her high school memories and experiences with us this week!
Ms. Falardeau and her mom before the prom!
High School: Chelmsford High School (Chelmsford, MA)
Extra-curriculars: Dance – tap, jazz, lyrical, competition, performance. Singing lessons. I also worked at Mrs. Nelson’s Candy House
What were you like in high school? I was quiet, but not shy and I floated between a few friend groups. Academics came really easily to me because I have such a good visual memory, subsequently I didn’t try very hard. I was most drawn to art (pun intended), because it challenged my brain on a more conceptual level than most other classes did.
High School Memory: I had been looking at colleges in Massachusetts (MassArt, Endicott), and I got home after a tour and my brother asked if I liked it and I said it was okay, then he asked me a question that would change my college search immediately, “Do you want to walk to school in the snow?” Without hesitation I responded, “No.” That is when I started looking south and found Savannah College of Art and Design. I was fortunate enough to be able to fly down to tour the school and fell in love before I even left the airport. The deal was sealed and it was actually the ONLY college I applied to (which I don’t recommend to anyone, as it is too stressful to wait for their response).
Thank you Ms. Falardeau!