Attached is a prezi that Ms. Politi presented to our school board on the college and career activities that we do in a school year. As a counselor I do a lot of things behind the scenes that help to set our students up for college and career success. I hope you enjoy looking through the prezi and if you have any questions or need college and career guidance, please stop by and see me.
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1. Join college communities
Like colleges on facebook to learn about specific programs or majors, hear and see what is going on around campus, and get a sense of what it would be like to go there.
2. Go to the videotape
YouTube's Education section has a fairly comprehensive list of colleges covered by such videos and can provide a very useful alternative when an actual visit is just not possible.
3. Follow the tweets
Some colleges send tweet reminders, like when the acceptance deadline is due. But don't rely on tweeting to communicate with a college or make an impression.
4. Don't friend college officials
What are the rules? It's definitely not the same as connecting with friends and family. Even if you are confident there is nothing embarrassing on your profile, you cant be sure how it might be interpreted by someone in that capacity.
5. Be careful about what you are posting
Some colleges monitor social media to check up on applicants and may even base a rejection on what they found on an applicant's social media profile or posting. (Employers do this too)
6. Don't put too much faith in matchmakers
Sites like Cappex or Zinch create a profile for you on their site and a program matches you to colleges that "fit" based on what the colleges tell the site you are looking for. This approach can lead to good colleges to explore, but dont rely on it to do your search for you or to build your final list of colleges.
7. Dont take a chance on "chance me"
Beware of "chance me" sites where a "jury" of other students judge your chances of getting into a college. What you are really chancing is being discouraged by people who dont know what they are talking about. Leave your admission chances to the experts.
8. Learn what real students think, but remember they dont know it all
Sites like College Prowler or Unigo provide student reviews and ratings of colleges. These sites can often give the unvarnished truth about the social scene or what food is like. But dont rely solely on student reviews or the opinions of your friends. Its not likely they can truly know what is best for you or steer you to all the best colleges, so keep your school counslor in the mix.
9. Save time with mashups and RSS feeds
It can take too long to do all this online research one school at a time. Social media mashup sites help by bringing together all the reviews, blogs, videos, and real-time tweets about a college into one place.
10. Keep coming back
Consistently following colleges online is a good way to see what they are like and if you can see yourself fitting in there. After you've been acccepted, social media sites are even more useful as a way to find classmates and begin to feel part of the school before showing up for orientation.
High School – It is important for teens and parent/guardian support can make all the difference.
1. Stay positive – It’s important to encourage a love of learning by keeping a positive attitude about your teen’s high school experience.
2. Help your teen make short- and long-term goals – Goals help teens focus on what’s important.
a. Set them for + the semester, + the year, + high school, +college and other education and training, and + future career options.
3. Help your teen explore his or her strengths and interests – encourage your teen to take courses that can help with goals for the future, such as getting into college or other job training programs
a. Subjects – when choosing courses, help your teen select ones that are interesting and challenging
b. School Activities – encourage your teen to join an academic club, sports team or music group. This is a great way to make new friends and to grow hobbies
4. Provide a Space for Homework – and be prepared to help a teen to manage his or her time wisely – remember to avoid over-scheduling
5. Help your teen get and stay organized – Use a daily planner, electronic or otherwise, to keep track of work assignments, projects, tests, practices, social plans
6. Talk with your teen everyday! – How are things going in school, with friends, and in other areas of life? Don’t ask, “How was history today?” Instead, ask, “What did you discuss in history today?”
7. Keep in touch with the school – Friend the counselor at “Newdiana Hs Counselor” on FaceBook and search out the Counselor’s Website for information and updates. Attend school wide events and class specific meetings.
8. Foster independence – Encourage your teen to make his or her own decisions and to take responsibility, but be there to offer support.
9. Discuss peer pressure – Learn and share positive ways to refuse any pressure to use alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, bullying, and doing anything unsafe, and dating issues.
10. Be aware and informed – You should know your teen’s friends and what they are doing, set firm but fair rules, be available, and monitor online and cell phone activity. Talk to your teen about using social media responsibly.
11. Be alert for any problems – if you notice changes in your teen’s behavior (such as excessive moodiness, withdrawal, or skipping school), talk to your teen right away. Seek help from teachers, counselors, or your physician. Report any incidents of bullying to the school.
12. Keep the lines of communication open – Be a good listener!
High school is a time of change and growth
You can be an important factor in helping your teen succeed!