Counselor Corner - St. Mary`s Preparatory
Orchard Lake St. Mary’s
The College Fair is just around the corner
(3/16) and parents and students alike are
wondering what they can do to prepare. The
following is a Checklist that will guarantee
success at any college fair.
Before You Go
◊ Find out which colleges will be at the fair (a
list may be posted on the fair’s website) and
write down the names of the ones you want
to learn about.
◊ Make a list of any questions you have.
◊ Bring your list, a pen, paper and a bag to
hold college brochures.
◊ Make sure the email address that you give
out won’t embarrass you — remember, college admission officers will see it.
While You’re There
◊ Get a map of the fair and plan a route that
will take you to the booths of all the colleges
on your list. If there is no map available, do a
quick survey of the room to locate your colleges.
◊ Visit booths and ask college representatives questions. For example, you can ask,
“What kind of student are you looking for?”
or “What makes your campus special?”
◊ Take a minute to jot down any information you
think is important before moving on to the next
◊ Check out some of the other booths when you’re
done with the colleges on your list. You may stumble
onto a great college you hadn't considered.
◊ Attend an information session, if any are offered.
Typical topics include applications and financial aid.
These sessions are good opportunities to get expert
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11th Grade Dean
12th Grade Counselor
When You Get Home
◊ Ask yourself which colleges stood out and why.
◊ Organize the college material you collected and
review it that week while it’s fresh in your mind.
◊ Go over any notes you took during the fair.
◊ Throw out the pamphlets of colleges you’ve ruled
out so you can focus on the colleges you’re interested in.
◊ Do more research on the colleges you’re thinking
about. Explore websites, contact the admission office or plan a campus visit. If you liked what you saw
at the fair, it may be time to see the college in person.
Inside this issue:
This article is taken from the bigfuture website you
can find the entire article here
4 Annual College Fair
Monday, March 16, 2015
In the SMAC Banquet Room
Sophomores: 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Juniors: 1:45 pm – 2:30 pm
Parents welcome after 2:00 pm
Colleges attending are listed below:
College for Creative Studies
Grand Valley State
Siena Heights University
Lake Superior State University
St. Louis University
Lawrence Technological Inst.
United States Army
University of Detroit Mercy
University of Michigan
Michigan State University
University of Michigan - Dearborn
Michigan Technological Univ.
University of Michigan – Flint
Northern Michigan University
University of Notre Dame
University of Toledo
Ohio State University
Wayne State University
Western Michigan University
Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation Scholarship
The Rosa Parks Foundation offers a $2000 scholarship to seniors. Winners are selected on the basis
of scholarship, leadership, financial need, and dedication to the civil rights principles of Rosa L. Parks,
whose historic stand against racial prejudice in 1955 brought her national recognition.
Deadline: March 6
Oakland Community College Chancellor’s Scholarship
Available to high school Seniors
Deadline: March 15
Michigan State University Club of Oakland County Scholarship
Students must have been accepted for study at Michigan State University and
are planning to attend the next academic year.
Deadline: March 27
Kohls Cares Scholarship Program
Students can be nominated based on their volunteer work
Deadline: March 13
Volume 1, Issue 1
Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent-Teacher Conferences: Thursday, March 12 th, 4:00 to 7:30.
2015-2016 registration paperwork and deposit may be turned in at conferences.
Parents: 2015-16 Registration Nights for returning students:
All returning students
All completed registration paperwork and deposit
When: March 23rd, 24th, and 25th from 4:00 to 6:00
PSAT results came home last month. These
results have been explained to your son but
please visit the following link that contains a
step by step guide to test interpretation in
order for you to be completely informed:
closer at his results while planning for college.
Directions for creating this account along with
your son’s own personal login are included at the
bottom of the results page.
Also, don’t forget to have your son create an
account with college board in order to look
Grade Grabbers—Free Copy
If your son would like a free copy of Grade Grabbers a workbook used to improve GPA, he should contact his Academic Dean. Supplies are limited!
Orchard Lake St. Mary’s
Advanced Placement Testing
Advanced Placement testing runs from May 4th – May 15th.
This 2-week period of time allows our students an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge in a
number of specific subjects. These exams are college-level examinations that can earn students
higher placement upon entering college, which in turn will save on tuition fees. The $91.00 fee could
result in huge financial savings later in our students’ college careers.
Mr. Clouse is collecting fees for each test. The schedule of test can be found on line @
www.collegeboard.org. Test fees and registration form are due to Mr. Clouse by March 10 th. A list
will be posted on March 17th for verification and accuracy.
Registration forms and money should be given to Mr. Clouse or Mrs. Rejc in the Ark.
Any question should be directed to Mr. Clouse @248.361-8729 or @ [email protected]
3535 Indian Trail
Orchard Lake, MI 48324
Dates to Remember
March 10 AP Testing registration due
March 25 Junior registration night
March 12 Parent Teacher Conferences
March 27 Late registration deadline for ACT
March 13 Registration deadline for ACT
March 14 SAT testing date
March 16 College Fair
Registration deadline for SAT
April 18 ACT testing date
April 21 Late registration deadline for SAT
March 23 Freshman registration night
March 24 Sophomore registration night
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