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duPont Manual HS Counseling Office News This newsletter includes: Crimson Day Schedule, Latest Scholarships/Opportunities, Study Skills Handbook, Freshmen-Sophomore-Junior-Senior Timeline & Checklist and Coping Skills.

Updates

Crimson Hour Day - Wednesday, November 11 - Join teachers and peers for some fun activities. Crimson Hour Schedule for 11/11 found here.

Manual Tutoring/Homework Resources

Manual Study Skills Handbook

Latest Scholarship Newsletter

Navigating the College Search for Students who Learning Differently

Seniors: Mid Year Grad Plan (If you are interested in graduating in January 2021, please read these document and email your counselor.)

List of Virtual College Fairs

ACT Registration for the December Test - deadline to register is 11/20.

9th Grade

Freshman Year Timeline & Checklist

❏ Get involved! Colleges want students who are passionate about extracurriculars and giving back. Try signing up for a few extracurricular activities and find ways to get involved in your community.

duPont Manual High School - Extracurricular List/Sponsors

Start developing good time management skills. When you’re in college, you’ll be responsible for your own schedule, meeting assignment deadlines, and fitting in all of your obligations. The more practice you get with managing your time wisely now, the better.

Develop Study Habits: You might think study habits just relate to taking tests, in fact you should think of them as anything that will help you get better grades. Here are some things that will help you stay on track: (1) Learn about your GPA and class rank. These measures greatly impact your college admission so it’s first necessary to get a handle on what they mean exactly. (2) Manage your time. Set aside a specific block of time every night for studying or homework assignments. (3) Avoid distractions. Pick a place and time that won’t tempt you to answer texts from friends or have the TV in the background. (4) Organize your life. Later we will talk about college organization, but right now you need to focus on organizing your high school life. The important part isn’t owning a planner, it’s actually writing down/typing your assignments/tests into that planner. (5) Learn about your graduation requirements.

Start volunteering as soon as you can. Colleges like to see students who show a deep commitment. If you start now you can show four years of commitment.

Begin your career search and find out how you can align your education with your career goals. Don't hesitate to talk to your parents and your school counselor about your strengths and weaknesses and what sorts of majors and careers might be right for you. Use volunteering opportunities to fulfill high school requirements, help your community, and assist you in exploring career fields.

Resources: Campus Explorer Website and Collegexpress Website.

10th Grade

Sophomore Year Timeline & Checklist

❏ During your scheduling session in the Spring 2021, plan to take AP courses in your junior year. Admission counselors really appreciate when students take challenging classes, and you may be able to earn college credit if you score high enough on your AP exams.

❏ Start thinking about your future. You still have time to decide, but it’s helpful to start thinking about what makes you happy and what your future goals might be to help ease you into the college search process.

Plan a Diverse Summer: Volunteer Work, Internships and Fun. The good news is that there are a myriad of things you can do this summer that will help you shine on college applications down the road. And a side effect of all this productivity is that you might end up with a little money in your pocket.

❏ College Planning Starts: (1) Attending college fairs and information sessions to begin narrowing your college list; (2) Preparing for the SAT and ACT by taking test prep courses and practice tests; (3) Building your extracurricular and work credentials; and (4) Familiarizing yourself with scholarship opportunities and college finances.

Over the summer you have many options. You can do volunteer work, or take classes or summer enrichment programs, or you can get a job and earn some money for college. While summer programs and volunteering options are great, a summer job might be exactly what you need to get an idea of a major you’ll want to pursue in college.

duPont Manual High School - Extracurricular List/Sponsors

Resources: Campus Explorer Website and Collegexpress Website.

11th Grade

Junior Year Timeline & Checklist

Attend college fairs. You can speak to representatives from all kinds of schools and learn more about their programs, gather reading material, and ask questions.

Start researching college costs, including tuition, books, room, and board. Then look into different financial aid options, like grants and scholarships—some of which are available for high school underclassmen!

❏ Take the SAT or ACT. Many colleges have made standardized tests optional this year and beyond! However, it’s still a good idea to take a test just in case you decide to apply to a college or university that requires scores for admission.

❏ Visit colleges (if possible). Whether it’s an open house or a campus tour and interview, it’s important to visit the schools you’re considering so you can see if they’re the right fit for you. (If campuses are closed, there are always virtual tours!)

❏ Start thinking about your admission essay. The summer before senior year is a great time to brainstorm and start writing!

❏ Get a job. If your schedule allows, try to get a part-time job after school, on weekends, or during the summer. It will teach you responsibility and all-important time management skills, plus earn you money!

Resources: Campus Explorer Website and Collegexpress Website.

12th Grade

Senior Year Timeline & Checklist

❏ Narrow down your list of potential colleges to a handful (five to 10) that meet your criteria and fill your need for safety, match, and dream/reach schools.

❏ Fill out and submit your applications once you have your final college list. Also make sure you meet application deadlines—especially if you’re applying early—and you have your necessary letters of recommendation, admission essays, and other materials.

File the FAFSA. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is available for the upcoming school year starting October 1, and you should file it as soon as possible. Most aid is distributed on a first come, first served basis, and you never know what scholarships, loans, grants, or work-study you may be eligible for!

Come up with a Plan B. You may have a certain school, major, job, or location in mind, but even if your heart is set on Plan A, stay open-minded and consider alternatives if things don’t go the way you expected.

Make your final college decision. All four years of high school have led to this moment! Take your time reviewing your financial aid award letters and making your final college choice.

Resources: Campus Explorer Website and Collegexpress Website.

Mental Health Tip: Coping Skills

From Ms. Elise Christensen, duPont Manual's Mental Health Practitioner

Here are 4 tips from Psychology Today on dealing with stress:

1. Be aware of how much time you spend scrolling on social media. Put your phone down, take breaks from reading news articles etc. For some the videos, articles and memes can be traumatizing so be in tune with your feelings.

2. Create a self-care routine for yourself--start with your basic needs; food, water, sleep, hygiene and go from there

3. Connect with your positive supports. You may need to set boundaries with certain people during this time depending on your own feelings and needs.

4. Focus on activities and causes you care about and activities you can control.

This is my tip: Focus on one day at a time. The big picture right now is very overwhelming, if you feel this way it can be helpful to re-align your focus on just one day, or maybe even 1 week. Think about what you need to do to get through just the one day. And give yourself some praise when you get through it!!

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