WMHS ACCESS NEWSLETTER                      May 2018
Watkins Mill High School CollegeTracks Team




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

Mr. Dominic Chappell
Program Assistant
301.284.816
dchappell@collegetracksusa.org

Ms. Estefani Rondon
Program Coordinator 
301.541.8239
erondon@collegetracksusa.org
         

You've decided where you are going to college...Now what?

 
STEP #1 
Come to CollegeTracks and take a picture in our photo booth to show off your hard work and the college that you are attending this fall!  

Plan to attend MC this Fall? Join our MC Hall of Fame! 
 
 
STEP #2  
Complete this senior check-out list!
 
 
 
         
SENIOR GRADUATION PINS

Did you know that CollegeTracks seniors receive a green pin to wear during high school graduation?



You've earned it!
Come to CollegeTracks as soon as possible to pick up your graduation pin!
         
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SCHOLARS!

CollegeTracks celebrated graduating high school seniors in the Access Program and graduating college students in the Success Program on Wednesday, April 25th!



We are proud of our scholars' hard work and dedication.

Congratulations to you and your families!





         
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT
 
Destiny T. & Chase S.

Congratulations to both students who received full tuition scholarships to University of Miami in Florida!

Destiny and Chase will be moving to Miami this Fall.

1. What excites you the most about going to college out of state?

Destiny: 
I'm super excited for new people with different backgrounds and the amazing weather!  
 
Chase: 
I'm going to love being in Miami as there's so much culture, beautiful beaches, boats, and great night life. I'm ready to wear shorts and sandals to class everyday. The cherry on top is that I'll be moving down to Miami with one of my best friends Destiny. We're going to have so much fun it's unbelievable.
 
2. What are you most scared of about Freshman year?

Destiny:
I am definitely scared of being homesick and missing my family while I'm at school.  
 
Chase: 
The only thing I can truly say I'm scared of is losing touch with certain relationships that I have in Maryland. Though I'm super excited to make great new friends at the University of Miami, I still love the people that I have in my life right now and will do my best to keep those relationships alive.  
 
3. What did you like most about visiting the University of Miami?

Destiny:
What I really liked about the campus was that everyone there was so kind and genuine. The professors, students, admissions directors were all super nice. Everyone had a smile on their face and really wanted to make the students feel welcomed.  
 
Chase:
The staff and students are all super outgoing, like me! Walking around campus I noticed that many of the students put an emphasis on working out and being healthy which is very important to me. I'll fit right in! Everywhere I turned I saw activities ranging from sweet concerts to people tanning under one of the hundreds of palm trees on campus. To put it quite frankly - it's beautiful.

4. What advice do you have for class of 2019?

Destiny:
Senior year is stressful and demanding, but don't let that discourage you. Work smart, not hard. You'll have tons of deadlines to meet all within days of each other, so never leave things for last minute. When CollegeTracks asks you to come in, do it and never be afraid to ask for help. Try to enjoy your last year of high school next year as much as you can because it'll go by quicker than you think.  

Chase:

Keep calm and come to CollegeTracks. It's an amazing program. I don't know where I would be without it. In fact, I didn't even know how much I needed CollegeTracks until I had actually joined and been walked through the college application process. It's a lot to tackle, but with the help of CollegeTracks my experience was smooth (which it may not have been otherwise). In addition, when choosing schools to apply to, you should choose schools that you like. It may seem like a no-brainer, but when I decided to apply to only four schools I received some pretty shocked faces from other people who had applied to 7-12 schools. No one should feel pressured to apply to more schools just because their current list doesn't have as many schools as others' lists do. After all, those are the places you, and not anyone else, could be spending the next four years of your life! So make sure it's somewhere that you love.
 
   
         
Seniors: You have until MAY 4th
to join the Success Program!

 
Did you know you can take CollegeTracks to college with you?

A CollegeTracks Success Coach will help you with your academics, financial aid, career opportunities, and life as a college student!

Come to CollegeTracks before May 4th to sign up for an appointment! 
         
Upcoming tasks for 
Montgomery College Students:


Log on to your MyMC account and finalize all your financial aid requirements!
  • Need to turn in financial paperwork? Come to CollegeTracks as soon as possible to complete your forms.
  • Sign up for the CollegeTracks Success Program so you can take CollegeTracks to college and get support while you are at MC.
  • Be sure you've taken the Accuplacer placement exam. If you haven't taken the Accuplacer, schedule your appointment at MC here.
  • Complete your Academic Orinetantion online advising session. Click here to access the Academic Orientation here.
  • Complete New Student Orientation by clicking here!
  • Think about your plans for transportation to campus in the fall.
Come to CollegeTracks for help completing these steps!
         
SENIORS DO NOW!

  • PRIORITY: Tell CollegeTracks staff which school you are attending in the fall, or come in for help making your decision.
  • Schedule an appointment to review your financial aid award letters with CollegeTracks - sign up here.
  • Submit your enrollment deposit to the college of your choice (MC does not require an enrollment deposit).  If you are not prepared to make a college decision, call your college admissions offices to ask for more time to make a decision.
  • If you applied to MC, submit your MC financial aid paperwork
  • Continue to apply to scholarships - click here for May Scholarships
     
     
     
SPRING WORKSHOPS FOR JUNIORS!

JUNIORS: Workshops have started, but there is still time to join the May workshops! 
 



Spring workshops will be held after school on Mondays and Tuesdays at 2:30pm


NOW is the time to work on your college applications. Most applications open in August!
    
SUMMER WORKSHOPS FOR JUNIORS!
 
 
Summer Workshops Sign Up Here!
     
JUNIORS DO NOW! 
 REMEMBER TO CHECK YOUR EMAIL! 
 
$CHOLARSHIP SPOTLIGHT

CLICK HERE FOR THE MAY SCHOLARSHIP PACKET

 Let Ms. Barclay, Mr. Chappell, or Mrs. E know if you're applying for any of these scholarships! 
 
NAME: B Davis Scholarship
DUE DATE: May 22, 2018
AMOUNT: $2,000
ELIGIBILITY: This is not an academic scholarship, but we would like to know where you are going to school now and what your future career plans are. To apply, you will need to write an essay of 1000 words on this topics: "Describe 3 characteristics of leadership you value most. Discuss why you believe these traits are so important and how you feel they are developed in an individual.
MORE INFO: Click here

NAME: Hispanic Achievement Scholarship
DUE DATE: May 30, 2018
AMOUNT: $2,000
ELIGIBILITY:  High school GPA of 2.5 or greater, must attend a Maryland college or university in the Spring. Significant contribution of voluntary community service in the last 12 months. Must be a U.S. citizen, resident, or dreamer (as defined by the Dream Act). Must have proof of financial need to continue higher education. 
MORE INFO: Click here

NAME: Fifth Month Scholarship 
DUE DATE: May 31, 2018
AMOUNT: $1,500 
ELIGIBILITY: Must be a legal resident, be currently enrolled or enroll in an accredited post-secondary institution in the fall
MORE INFO:
   
NAME:#CollegianceMD
DUE DATE: May 15, 2018
AMOUNT:$500
ELIGIBILITY: Maryland students participating in the campaign and include the hashtag #CollegianceMD will be eligible to win $500.  
  
COLLEGE SPOTLIGHT! 

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
 
 
DID YOU KNOW?

West Virginia University is a 4 year public institution that was founded in 1867. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 28,776 its setting is rural, and the campus spans over 1,892 acres.


West Virginia University is apart of the Academic Common Market for the state of Maryland. This means that if a student desires to pursue a degree program that is not offered in Maryland they may attend a out of state academic common market school at the in state tuition rate. Some of the eligible degree programs include: Agroecology, Bio-medical Engineering, and Design and Merchandising! 


 After amassing 3,419 Receiving Yards, 2,840 Return Yards and 75 total touchdowns West Virginia star Tavon Austin was drafted in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Austin was selected with the eighth pick by the Los Angeles Rams.

See CollegeTracks to learn more about WVU!
  
SHOUT OUTS
  • Watkins Mill High school administrators and staff, we appreciate all you do to support and encourage students!
  • Shoutout to all of the Juniors who are attending Spring Workshops!
  • Thank you to the CollegeTracks volunteers and ACT Prep tutors 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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