Need help with career or college exploration, employment options, financial aid assistance and more? The Wilson Career/College Center is your "one stop" shop for information on these topics and more. Here daily at 6:45am--3:15, open nutrition, lunch, and after school--please come by!
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LBUSD College and Career Center Pinterest Page
Search the LBUSD's College and Career Center Pinterest account to find the right fit for you after high school. Create a free Pinterest account at http://pinterest.com (if you don't already have one). Then you will be able to learn more about specific areas by going to http://pinterest.com/ afterhighschool/boards to view any of the following College and Career Center boards:
Important Resources and Newsletters
All Applications All Access All Day: Novermber 19th
Latino College Fair
Comic Relief from AIS: Admission Induced Stress!!
THE ACCURATE ADMISSIONS RESOURCE GUIDE(AARG)
PULL BACK THE CURTAIN
The reality is, admission is nothing like the movie Admission. Most students believe that admission counselors wear pearl necklaces and business suits to sleep and swim. But guess what? They’re normal people! Contrary to the popular conception that admission counselors are on the brink of the grave, the average age is 26 years old. Think about the person who was your babysitter as a kid … that’s the guy or girl reading your essay and reviewing your application. What would you tell that person about yourself? Wouldn’t you feel comfortable in that conversation? Psyching yourself out by imagining a bespectacled curmudgeon administrator only makes AIS more intense.
LASSO THE NUMBERS
Maybe you think admission to college is ALL riding on your numbers. Don’t be intimidated by the statistics you see online at different schools. Most schools show you an average or a middle 50% range. If you see an average, don’t forget what that means — students on both sides of that number WERE ADMITTED! If you see the middle-50% of a freshman class, it means half of the students fall into that range. That leaves 25% with lower scores than the range, and 25% that were higher.
FIND THE FORMULA
We know, we know… you’re looking for THE answer. So grab a pen because here’s how you get in to your dream school: Take two years of Spanish, volunteer at a local hospital, spin around three times, and practice your half-court jumpshot.
The truth is, there is no magic formula. Admission to competitive schools involves a holistic and comprehensive review process. That means everything is taken into account: grades, classes, scores, essays, leadership, and extracurricular involvement, among other factors. And it can be daunting to know you'll be judged and compared. So focus on what you can control: Do a thorough job on the application, write an essay that you believe really captures your voice, have a few people review your application, and then send it in!
You can't predict or control the number or quality of applications a school will receive. There will be institutional priorities at each school that you'll never fully know. So do your best, take a breath, submit your application, and then go back to enjoying your senior year.
A Definition of Selective Admissions
Selective Admissions is a human process and a holistic process, whose ultimate goal is to create a well balanced class in which every candidate considered is valued for his/her intellectual vitality, diversity of thought and experience, as well as the many combinations of contributions to school, family and community.
A Comedy: The Creeping Horror of College Anxiety
FINANCIAL AID: January 1st to March 2nd
Financial season is now open and to maximize your chances of aid you should file early and accurately. Go to www.fafsa.gov...not fafsa.com, to apply
Remember that to be eligible for all federal and state financial aid--the Cal Grant- you must file by the March 2nd deadline
FINANCIAL AID: THE MUSICAL
Maximinzing Financial Aid
Maximinzing Financial Aid
Maximinzing Financial Aid
2015-2016 SAT and ACT Test Dates
THE NEW SAT: SPRING 2016
These will be among the changes in the new SAT, starting in the spring of 2016:
■ Instead of arcane “SAT words” (“depreciatory,” “membranous”), the vocabulary definitions on the new exam will be those of words commonly used in college courses, such as “synthesis” and “empirical.”
■ The essay, required since 2005, will become optional. Those who choose to write an essay will be asked to read a passage and analyze the ways its author used evidence, reasoning and stylistic elements to build an argument.
■ The guessing penalty, in which points are deducted for incorrect answers, will be eliminated.
■ The overall scoring will return to the old 1,600-point scale, based on a top score of 800 in reading and math. The essay will have a separate score.
■ Math questions will focus on three areas: linear equations; complex equations or functions; and ratios, percentages and proportional reasoning. Calculators will be permitted on only part of the math section.
■ Every exam will include, in the reading and writing section, source documents from a broad range of disciplines, including science and social studies, and on some questions, students will be asked to select the quotation from the text that supports the answer they have chosen.
■ Every exam will include a reading passage either from one of the nation’s “founding documents,” such as the Declaration of Independence or the Bill of Rights, or from one of the important discussions of such texts, such as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s “Letter From Birmingham Jail.”