WMHS ACCESS NEWSLETTER               OCTOBER 2017
Watkins Mill High School CollegeTracks Team


Ms. Lindsey Barclay 
Program Director
240.221.1699
lbarclay@collegetracksusa.org

Mr. Dominic Chappell
Program Assistant
301.284.8169
dchappell@collegetracksusa.org

Mrs. Estefani Rondon
Program Coordinator
301.541.823
erondon@collegetracksusa.org

IT'S FAFSA SEASON!
 
Scholars and Families: 
 
Your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is one of the first steps in securing financial aid to attend college. We can help you and your family complete your FAFSA accurately and on time. 

You can start filling out the FAFSA on October 1st! You and your family can start by gathering the documents you will need to complete the FAFSA. 

To make an appointment & get started on the process today:

CLICK HERE  to book your appointment online!

 

         
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT
 
Babacar M.
 
What do you like most about being a part of CollegeTracks ?
My favorite part is the relationships I have made with the staff and the help I receive from them. 


What major do you want to study?
I want to major in psychology because I want to understand why people do certain things. I see myself doing something in psychology or the medical field.

What advice do you have for juniors who are beginning their college application journeys?
Do a lot of research about the colleges you are interested in. Ask CollegeTracks and Ms. Heald a lot of questions. Don't be afraid to go to a lesser known college. 


VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT
 
Jennifer S.
 
What degrees did you earn and which colleges did you attend?

Yale for my undergraduate degree and Harvard for my Masters in Business Administration and Masters in Public Policy.

What is your current/past career? 
 
I have run a non-profit organization helping kids in D.C. reach their academic potential and worked for ten years in teen pregnancy prevention. I went to business school so I would be a better leader and manager.  

What advice would you give a high school senior?
Be ambitious with your goals and keep plugging away, even if there are setbacks.
         
EARLY ACTION VS. 
EARLY DECISION?
  
As you research your college application deadlines, you will see terms like "Early Action" and "Early Decision."  Although the names sound similar, they are very different. Use the chart below to distinguish the differences and apply by the appropriate deadline! If you have any questions about the difference, stop by CollegeTracks!

             EARLY ACTION
           EARLY DECISION
                Non-binding
                      Binding
If accepted, student is 
not r equired to attend the college. Student receives early notification of acceptance and is free to apply to other colleges.
If accepted, student is  promising to attend   the college.  Student has not received a financial aid package at this time.

     
SENIORS DO NOW!
  • Email us your college essay draft for review and feedback
  • Request transcripts be sent to colleges
  • Complete your resume
  • Complete your Brag Sheet
  • Request recommendation letters from teachers using 
  • Attend ACT or SAT prep session if you are taking October or December ACT (Contact Mrs. E)
  • Continue working on your Common Application
  • Continue working on your Coalition Application if you are applying to University of Maryland- College Park
  • Create an FSAID for yourself and one parent
  • Schedule your FAFSA appointment
  • Identify 4 scholarships that you can apply for

Schedule an appointment with CollegeTracks TODAY!

    
UPCOMING DEADLINES!
University of Maryland, College Park's priority application deadline is on Wednesday, November 1st.
 
You will need to apply using the Coalition Application!

University of Maryland, Baltimore County's
early action deadline is Wednesday, November 1st.
 
You will need to apply using the Common App!

TALK TO US NOW   IF YOU ARE APPLYING!
       
COLLEGE VISITS
 
The following colleges will be visiting Watkins Mill next week. To schedule a visit, you will need to log on to your Naviance account and follow the instructions here: Schedule College Visit
 
College
Date
Time
The Catholic University of America
Mon October 2, 2017
9:30 AM
Mount St. Mary's
Mon October 2, 2017
10:30 AM
St. Mary's College of Maryland
Tue October 3, 2017
9:00 AM
Saint Vincent College
Tue October 3, 2017
2:00 PM
Seton High University
Wed October 4, 2017
11:15 AM
Elon University
Wed October 4, 2017
7:45 AM
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Thu October 5, 2017
2:00 PM
 
Come see us in A006 or contact Ms. Heald to learn more about these colleges!
       
ESSAY COVER SHEET
 
You all are working hard on your college and scholarship essays...keep up the great work! 
 
 

CollegeTracks is happy to review and edit your essays. It helps us a lot when we know some info about your essay.  


 


Email your college or scholarship essay: 
watkinsmill@collegetracksusa.org

When you email us your essay, please answer these questions and attach your essay to the email:
  • What is the essay question?
  • Which draft is this? (1, 2, 3, Too many to count)
  • What is the word count?
  • When is the essay due?
  • What is the essay for? (college, scholarship, something else)
Here's how it works:
  • Copy and paste the questions above and answer the questions in the body of your email.
  • Attach your essay or google share (from your personal email account) with watkinsmill@collegetracksusa.org
  • We'll review your essay and put feedback on the Essay Cover Sheet
  • When we're done, we'll let you know when you can pick up your edited essay.
We're looking forward to reading your incredible essays!

 
$CHOLARSHIP SPOTLIGHT

CLICK HERE FOR THE FALL SCHOLARSHIP PACKET

 Let Ms. Barclay, Mr. Chappell, or Mrs. E know if you're applying for any of these scholarships! 

NAME:  AES Scholarship
DUE DATE:  October 6, 2017
AMOUNT: $500 
ELIGIBILITY:  Minimum of a 1,000 word essay. Open to High School Seniors and all students attending a post-secondary educational facility.
M ORE INFO:  Click here

NAME:  Coca-Cola Scholars 
DUE DATE:  October 31, 2017
AMOUNT:  200 students receive awards of $1,500, $1,250, or $1,000
ELIGIBILITY: 
Grade 12. A minimum of 3.0 GPA at the end of their junior year 
of high school * U.S. Citizens; U.S. Nationals; U.S. Permanent Residents; Temporary Residents (in a legalization program); Refugees; Asylees; Cuban-Haitian Entrants; or Humanitarian Parolees
MORE INFO: Click here

NAME:  Zombie Apocalypse 
DUE DATE:  October 31, 2017
AMOUNT:  $2,000
ELIGIBILITY: Must be age 13 or older, grades 9-12. Be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall) in an accredited post-secondary institute of higher education. Be a resident of the (50) U.S. States or the District of Columbia.
MORE INFO:  Click here
  
COLLEGE SPOTLIGHT! 


DID YOU KNOW? 

Stevenson is the third-largest independent university in Maryland, with more than 4,100 students pursuing bachelor's, master's, and adult undergraduate degrees.





Ninety-three percent of Stevenson graduates found a job or continued their education within six months of graduating.








Stevenson has two campuses - one in Stevenson, MD (Greenspring campus) and one in Owings Mills, MD (Owings Mills campus).





Stevenson has nearly 50 student clubs and organizations that range from academic interest to social activities and 27 Division III athletic teams.

  
SHOUT OUTS
  • Watkins Mill High school administrators and staff, we appreciate all you do to support and encourage students!
  • Shoutout to all of the Seniors who are attending Fall Workshops!
  • Thank you to the CollegeTracks volunteers for their continued dedication to student success! 
  
WHERE TO FIND US?
Room A006
Mondays, Tuesdays, 
Thursdays, & Fridays 
9:00am-5:00pm
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