Post Secondary Planning

Post Secondary Planning

This web page will enable you to navigate your way through an extensive amount of information and links to other resources. We are always looking for other sites to help our students and parents wade through the myriad of college related material. E-mail us if you know of a valuable site we could add. Please remember that the OCHS counselors are ready, willing and able to assist you with any search, selection and application process. Give us a call (609-399-1290 ext. 4214) or e-mail the OCHS Counselors with questions or concerns.

OCHS College Apllication Procedure College Essay Information and Tips NCAA Clearinghouse
Creating a Resume Request for Teacher Recommendation OCHS Post Secondary Planning Guide

 

 TCCi Family Connection will allow you to:

  • Keep track of the process - Build a resume, complete on-line surveys, and manage timelines and deadlines for making decisions about colleges and careers
  • Research colleges - Compare GPA, SAT scores, and other statistics to actual historical data from our school for students who have applied and been admitted in the past
  • Sign up for college visits - Find out which colleges are visiting our school and sign up to attend those sessions.

 *Contact the Guidance Office if you have any questions regarding using this resource.


Other Helpful Sites

College Board Online
On this site you can register for the SAT, do a college search, find a college profile and find out about all the services and products that College Board offers.

Princeton Review
An online pioneer "The Princeton Review" is a premier source of
online information for ambitious teens and young adults seeking college, graduate school and career information. The web site offers students information about standardized tests, admissions, internships, and career programs. Try the counselor-o-matic college search.

U.S. News.edu
This comprehensive site offers users a chance to do a college search, find detailed information about schools including the magazines annual rankings and a wealth of information about college admission issues.

Common Application
The Common Application is the recommended form of 230 selective colleges and universities for admission to their undergraduate programs. Many of these institutions use the form exclusively. All give equal consideration to the Common Application and the college's own form.

College View
This free site has many features, including: criteria-based searches, virtual campus tours, financial aid answers and resources, school applications, career information, and expert
answers, just to name a few.

College Guide
This is a site directed at the high school student looking for information about the college admission process. It includes information on how to make yourself a more attractive candidate and an admissions guru who answers the tough question about college admission.

Colleges, College Scholarships, Financial Aid
This Colleges, College Scholarships, and Financial Aid
page is designed to offer college bound students, parents, and
counselors easy access to information on:
*colleges and universities throughout the United States
* free college scholarship and financial aid searches
* SAT and ACT test preparation tips, and more.

CampusTours.com
CampusTours is the definitive online source for virtual college tours, interactive maps, college webcams, QuickTime VR tours, campus movies and pictures. Every day thousands of prospective students visit CampusTours to take virtual excursions of colleges across the United States.

ecampustours.com
Ready to begin your college planning? eCampusTours.com is a revolutionary college planning web site featuring 360° x 360° virtual campus tours of over 1200 college campuses. Each campus tour allows you to see what college life is really like through unique panoramic photographs.

CollegeAnswer.com: The Planning for College Destination
Students wondering where to go to college and how to get there, or parents trying to unravel the mystery of the college and the financial aid application process, College Answer (formerly known as Wiredscholar) is the site for you. This is the Web's premiere destination for getting a head start on preparing for the world of continuing education. You'll find pointers on the entire "Going-to-College" process from preparation to getting loans. College Answer also has interactive tools that enable you to analyze the affordability of schools, compare financial aid award letters, and search for scholarships.

 

 

 

 

Creating a Resume:

BRAINSTORMING A.K.A.
"How do I get started?"
ACADEMIC HONORS & AWARDS (title, type, year)
COMMUNITY SERVICE (organization, hours, positions held, year)
SCHOOL ORGANIZATIONS (name, position, year)
DRAMA (drama group, production, role, year)
MUSIC (instrument, years of study, performances)
ATHLETICS (sport, level of play, position, awards)
RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS (youth groups, volunteer work)
BOY SCOUT/GIRL SCOUT (level of achievements, recognitions)
SUMMER PROGRAMS (what, when, where, why)
ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES (what, when, where, why)
SIGNIFICANT TRAVEL (group/family, where, when)
OTHER HOBBIES/INTERESTS (list with specific significance)
EMPLOYMENT (position, job description, year)

Sample 1 Resume

Sample 2 Resume/Activity List

Instructions for Sample 2

 

 

College Essay Information and Tips:
Taken from the College Planning Manual

How important is the personal essay in college admission? How is it used? Who reads it?

First of all, the essay is important to you and the college. According to one admission director, "It makes the facts in the student's folder come alive for us. Because it is the student's personal statement, no single piece of admission evidence gets as much attention and provokes as much discussion."

The essay is your opportunity to take charge of the information the college receives about you and to provide information that does not appear in grades, test scores, and other materials. It allows you to reveal your intelligence, talent, sense of humor, enthusiasm, maturity, creativity, expressiveness, sincerity, and writing ability - traits that count in the admission evaluation.

What do Colleges look for?

Generally speaking, the admission staff will evaluate your application on three levels:

Level 1 Your ability to use standard written English that is correctly written (preferably
typed), punctuated, with correct grammar, usage and syntax.

Level 2 Content, substance, and depth of insight, reflecting your ability to think about
yourself and to convey your true feelings or opinions about a topic.

Level 3 Creativity and originality. "It is at this level," according to a dean of admission, "that students can position themselves as unique as individuals who would bring a freshness of vision and viewpoint to the college that will enhance the quality of its academic and social life."

In essay directions, a college may ask you to do one or more of the following:

Describe your uniqueness as a person, or tell something about yourself that can't be learned from the information in your application.
Discuss something that contributed significantly to your growth.
Comment on your goals and aspirations and tell how you expect the college to help meet them.
Whatever the topic, the care and attention you give it express the level of your motivation and how much you care about college.

Essay-Writing Tips

Here are a few tips for developing an essay that conveys your personal qualities.

1. Plan your essays during the summer before your senior year, if you can, or early in your senior year. Allow yourself enough time for all the steps below, and write an individual essay for each college.

2. Be sure you understand the college's topics, directions, and deadlines, and look in its catalogs or guidebooks for descriptions of the personal qualities it is looking for.

3. Before you start your essay, jot down your aspirations and how you think the college will help you meet them. Then develop a personal inventory. Make lists of your civic and school activities, your travels,
awards, honors, other accomplishments, work experiences, any academic or personal shortcomings you are trying to overcome, and the personality traits you value about yourself. To focus your essay, develop a one-sentence theme from your inventory.

4. Think about the form you might use to convey your information. Straight prose is fine, but if your theme lends itself to another approach, try it.

5. Now, write a draft. Set the draft aside for 24 hours, then read it to spot clichés, triteness, vagueness, dullness, grammatical errors, and misspellings. Is your essay focused on your theme, or does it ramble?
Is it confusing, or boring? Does the introduction "grab" the reader?

6. Rewrite the essay based on this evaluation and repeat step 5 as often as necessary to sharpen your essay.

7. Ask someone whose opinions you respect to read your essay and give his or her candid impressions. Ask for specifics: Tell me what you think I'm trying to say. How do I come across as a person? What parts confuse you? Where do you need more details? What parts bore you? Tell me the parts you like best. But do not let this person rewrite your essay.


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Each Admissions Essay-Help packet includes:
1. Step One: Brainstorming - Brainstorming exercises
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