Wednesday, October 16, 2019

University of Scranton Open House

The University of Scranton is holding a University-wide Open House on Oct. 20 and Nov. 3.  The Department of Communication & Media is asking you to encourage any student who is interested in any of our five majors and four minor programs to come visit our beautiful campus and take part in our department tour. 
Meet our professors, talk to our students and see our facilities that include a soundstage and digital media production studio.  We also offer interactive editing workstations and the WUSR student-managed radio station.     
We will highlight our five current majors in Advertising/Public Relations, Business Communication, Communication, Journalism & Electronic Media, and Social Media Strategies, as well as our new Sports Communication minor.  In addition, we will discuss our student clubs, internships and incredibly successful graduates.
For more information, contact our Department Chair, Dr. Howard Fisher at 570-941-6333.
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Duke University Summer Session


Duke University Summer Session’s 2020 Programs NOW LIVE!

Heads up, students! The 2020 Duke University Summer Session info is ready for you! Check it out here.

Ask yourself: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Are you conducting ground-breaking research? Maybe you’re already a leader crafting policies that have a global impact. Or, are you tackling the world’s most complex challenges? At Duke University Summer Session you will take a thrilling first step toward your future success!

Monday, October 7, 2019

Tufts University

Do you know any students interested in international gap-years or semesters?

Tufts is proud to offer two First-Year Global Programs that could be great experiences for these students. Each program offers the opportunity to live and work overseas with a cohort of other Tufts students while supporting a community organization, living with a local host family, and discovering the broader world.

We ask you to encourage your students to consider one of our two programs:  

A First-Year Fall Semester Abroad: The Tufts Civic Semester
  • Civic Semester participants take classes together on the Tufts campus in August before departing for one of two service locations where they study the local language and work part-time at a community organization.
  • Students return to campus for their Spring term with a full semester of academic credit, allowing them to graduate in four years.
  • Civic Semester is a student’s first semester of college, and tuition and fees cover all expenses, including the option to utilize financial aid awards.
A Gap Year Before Tufts: The Tufts 1+4 Bridge Year Program
  • Tufts 1+4 is a year of full-time international work before students begin their four years of study on campus.
  • In one of four countries across the globe, students make a difference on an issue they care about, have time to explore new interests, and return with a deeper sense of self and a broader perspective on the world.
  • The Tufts 1+4 program offers full financial support for any student who is admitted to the program and qualifies for Tufts financial aid at any level.
If your students are interested in applying, they can do so on the Tufts applicant portal when they submit their Tufts application or at any time once they have been accepted to the University.

Please feel free to contact with any questions about these exciting opportunities for your students!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors middle level and high school students for making meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.
Applications are now open for 2020 awards!
Now through November 5, 2019, students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for 2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have volunteered within the past year. Top honorees earn cash awards and all-expense-paid trips to Washington, D.C. Qualifying honorees also receive President’s Volunteer Service Awards.
Applications can be certified by a middle or high school principal or head of a Girl Scout council, county 4-H organization, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or Points of Light Global Network member.
You can find more information and apply here:

Monday, September 23, 2019

Tips for Writing a Great College Essay

Tip 1. College essays are fourth in importance behind grades, test scores, and the rigor of completed coursework in many admissions office decisions (NACAC, 2012). Don't waste this powerful opportunity to share your voice and express who you really are to colleges. Great life stories make you jump off the page and into your match colleges.

Tip 2. Develop an overall strategic essay writing plan. College essays should work together to help you communicate key qualities and stories not available anywhere else in your application.

Tip 3. Read the prompts all the way through. Each prompt may have different questions or probes. Make sure you are prepared to answer all parts of the prompts. Some answers may be implied, but must be clearly evident to a reader.

Tip 4. Plan to share positive messages and powerful outcomes. You can start with life or family challenges. You can describe obstacles or failures you have overcome. You can reflect on your growth and development, including accomplishments and service. College admissions officers do not read minds, so tell them your powerful life stories and demonstrate the personal qualities you hope to bring to their campus communities.

Tip 6. Follow Dr. Joseph's Into, Through, and Beyond approach. Lead the reader INTO your story with a powerful beginning—a story, an experience. Take them THROUGH your story with the context and keys parts of your story. Make sure the reader understands your initiative, leadership, development, and continuity. End with the BEYOND message about how this story has affected who you are now and who you want to be in college and potentially after college.The beyond can be implied in many pieces that are so strong that moralizing at the end is not necessary.

Tip 7. Use active writing: avoid passive sentences and incorporate power verbs. Show when possible; tell when summarizing.

Tip 8. Most importantly, make yourself come alive throughout this process. Write about yourself as passionately and powerfully as possible. Be proud of your life and accomplishments. Sell yourself!!!

Take from Communicating Your Story:
Writing Powerful College Application Essays
                                                    Rebecca Joseph

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Preparing for College:

Senior Checklist –September

  • Register for the SAT and/or ACT if you didn’t take it as a junior, or if you aren’t satisfied with your score and want to take it again. (remember that your counselor can help you with fee waivers)
  • Take a look at your college applications and consider all of the different pieces of information you will need to compile. 
  • Visit with your school counselor to make sure you are on track to graduate and fulfill college admission requirements. If you’re ahead of schedule, consider taking courses at a local university or community college to get a jumpstart on college credit. 
  • Take every opportunity to get to know colleges: meeting with college representatives who visit your high schools during the fall, attending local college fairs, visiting campuses (if possible). Ask your counselor if they know of special campus visitation programs. 
  • Narrow down your list of colleges and begin to consider “safe,” “reach,” and “realistic” schools. Make sure you have the application and financial aid information for each school. Find out if you qualify for any scholarships at these schools.
Create a checklist and calendar to chart:
  • Standardized test dates, registration deadlines, and fees
  • College application due dates
  • Financial aid application forms and deadlines
  • Other materials you’ll need for college applications (recommendations, transcripts, essays, etc.)
  • Your high school’s application processing deadlines
Some schools require the CSS/Financial Aid Profile. Ask the colleges to which you are applying for their deadlines. You can register as early as September. See your guidance counselor about fee waivers.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

United States Senators
Robert Menendez & Cory Booker
Invite You to Attend:
Service Academy Information Day

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For additional information, please contact the offices of:
Senator Robert Menendez at (973) 645-3030
Senator Cory Booker at (973) 639-8700

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