Monday, October 16, 2017

DIVERSITY WEEK
October 16-20th
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LIST OF EVENTS


Monday 10/16 : Intro to Diversity Week
              Distribution of Scavenger Hunt (List distributed via email Sunday Night and due Friday during Community)


Tuesday 10/17: Coffee and Tea from Around the World- Community Period in the Library


Wednesday 10/18: PM In the AM- GYM
Who Am I and Why Prep? - Juniors and Senior speakers to address Freshmen and Sophomore classes


Thursday 10/19: Carnival of Cultures- 3rd Floor English Building

Friday 10/20: Heritage Dress Down- money to go to disaster relief in Puerto Rico and Mexico.

****Take pictures with your friends and use #wearePrep. Pictures will be put on the screen in the main lobby***

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Welcome Back to Another Year of Prep's College Knowledge!!

Check back periodically for information on scholarships, summer jobs and internship opportunities, college articles on financial aid and admission, and graduating year checklists.

Today's Spotlight is for our Seniors 
 Remember:

Transcript Request Procedures
To request a transcript (student):
  1. Pick up a Transcript Request Form from the Guidance and College Counseling Office.
  2. Complete one form for each college.
  3. Return all forms to Mrs. Martineau, along with transcript fee, 2 weeks in advance of the college application deadline.
Your Transcript request will be complete after you submit your fee and paper request to Ms. Martineau.
**Students should go through the same steps when requesting transcripts for scholarships and NCAA Clearinghouse**

Thursday, October 5, 2017

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and welcome back to school! Here's to a great year.

You Guidance and College Counseling Team

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

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Thanks for a great year! The Guidance and College Counseling Team.

Congrats to the 

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Monday, May 22, 2017


5 Things Students Need To Do This Summer

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Summer is here. It’s awesome. And you’ve probably been waiting for it all year long. Summer means sleeping late, hanging out with friends, and not having to write history papers. But summer is also a time to think about college and the next steps of life.
With college admission as competitive as it is, every summer activity counts. In fact, Princeton University historically asks on its application: “How Have You Spent the Last Two Summers?” Colleges want to know how you occupy your time. This gives them insight into who you are and what you prioritize.
Colleges look for students who dedicate themselves to activities and projects as they aim to build a well-rounded incoming freshman class. And even if it’s the summer after your freshman year of high school, it’s never too early to figure out how your plans for the next 10 weeks may impact potential college applications.
Here are the top five activities to consider that will help you standout in the college admission process.

Volunteer

Community service begins in the neighboring blocks or miles around your home. Do not neglect doing good in your immediate vicinity. There are plenty of opportunities for you to help others at churches, rec centers, day camps, and more.
You do not have to travel to Fiji to dig a well to do community service. In fact, an expensive trip abroad may signal “vacation” more than “volunteering.” If you are planning to volunteer abroad, make sure the program has a dedicated service component that is easily understood.
Wherever you go, expect that the experience will change you. It will also confirm your willingness to be a contributing and conscientious (global) citizen. 

Establish and/or clean up your online presence

You are probably already active on social media. Now more than ever, it’s important to use it responsibly. No more inappropriate pictures or language. Instead, create a website with your name and highlight what you do. Upload YouTube videos of you singing, performing in the arts, playing in a game, or simply sharing your vision for the world. Since your online presence is often how people meet you for the first time, make it something you are proud of.

Take classes

Summer classes at a local community college are very different from high school. You should be able to take a class that intrigues you. It may even springboard into your eventual college major. Plus, taking an additional three to six weeks to invest in your long-term education makes you smarter and shows colleges that you are a serious student. It’s also possible to take credit-bearing summer courses that most colleges will accept for credit, which can save you money in the long run.

Get a job

Paid or unpaid jobs (like internships) give you a chance to gain valuable hands-on experience. Many of these jobs can help you to determine what you want or do not want to do later in life. If you work in retail, for example, you might find you do not want to do that later in life. Or if you intern at a startup company, maybe you will be inspired to learn the nuts and bolts of entrepreneurship. No matter what the job is, at this age, you will emerge better for it. And colleges will be impressed with your work ethic.

Visit colleges

No matter if you are a rising sophomore, junior, or senior, you should make a point to spend some time on a college campus this summer. If you have any potential colleges in mind, those should be your priority. But it doesn’t hurt to visit campuses near you either, just to get the experience. Since most college admission offices remain open during the summer, you can pay an informal visit. How will this impress them? Colleges track “demonstrated interest.” When it is time to apply, you will be able to reconnect with an admission officer and build an authentic rapport. If you can confirm your interest in a school, especially from a summer visit, you may shine brighter than the other applicants.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Class of 2018 SUMMER CHECKLIST
for our rising seniors

Dear Saint Peter’s Prep Rising Seniors,

As you work on your college search and upcoming application process, there are some important tasks you can accomplish during the summer.  The work you do on your college process will make the fall much more manageable.  The College Counseling team  (and students who have gone through the process!) recommends that you complete some tasks prior to the beginning of senior year.

Specifically, you should:

  • Research information about colleges on your list from several sources
  • Visit colleges. Here are some great links to college tours do's and don'ts:
  • Update your resume on Naviance
  • Create a  Common Application account  (available after August 1st.) and review it along with applications from non-Common App schools and begin to fill them out. (Don’t submit an application prior to the start of the school year)
  • Write a rough draft for a college essay. Here is the link for the 2017/18 Common App essay prompts: http://www.commonapp.org/whats-appening/application-updates/common-application-announces-2017-2018-essay-prompts
  • Continue to prepare for SAT’s/ACT’s and Subject Tests (if applicable).  Check the dates for tests and registration deadlines.  You can register over the summer for the tests held in August, September and October. Go to http://www.collegeboard.com to register for the SAT and  http://www.actstudent.org/index.html for the ACT
  • If you are planning to apply Early Decision and/or Early Action, make an appointment to meet with your Counselor as soon as you return to school in September.  Be aware of all deadlines.
  • Register with NCAA, if applicable. Here is the website: http://web3.ncaa.org/ECWR2/NCAA_EMS/NCAA.jsp
  • Own this responsibility and this experience.
  • Be positive, proactive and empowered!

You can do this, and we are here to help!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The World's Most Complete Game Camp
Day and Overnight
Grades 10 - 12
July 2st - 19th, 2017
University of Washington, Seattle
https://game.experienceamerica.com/

America's Premier Game Camp