COLLEGE GUIDANCE NEWSLETTER
January 14, 2019
Remember that the answer to most any question about the college process can be found on our College Guidance website. Click on the Link below to get to the website. Then log-in to get to the Parent Portal:
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:
ESSAY WRITING INSIGHTS FROM THE EXPERTS
SUMMER ALREADY?!!
A reminder that the College Guidance classroom and Naviance both have a plethora of information about ways to spend your summer. Don't forget to check!
One such opportunity is shared below:
Every summer for more than two decades, talented high school students (current sophomores and juniors) have been welcomed to Denison University in Granville, Ohio, for the acclaimed Reynolds Young Writers Workshop. The workshop is an eight-day residential program that incorporates small creative writing workshops, group sessions with Denison creative writing faculty and notable visiting writers, and much more.

Only 48 students get the chance to come to the Hill to participate each June. That means students experience small, intimate writing workshops and one-on-one interactions with people who have made writing their career. It's a great way to connect with a close-knit community of writing teachers, mentors, and peers from around the world.

This is your students' chance to work with award-winning authors whose work has appeared in publications like The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and SB Nation; who have published books; who care deeply about storytelling; and who love to teach.

The program runs from June 16–23, 2019. Financial assistance is available to families who need it, and information about the program is online at  reynolds.denison.edu . The online application portal will open on Monday, January 7, 2019. Applications must be submitted no later than Sunday, March 3, 2019, at 11:59 p.m.
ALUMNAE SHARE COLLEGE INSIGHTS
As Sacred Heart Greenwich re-opened its doors last Monday, we also welcomed home a large group of young alumnae for their annual Alumni Conge event. It was nice to see so many happy faces and to hear their collegiate stories as old friends crossed paths in the core center and the current juniors and seniors engaged those that have gone before them. After a very hearty lunch of an SHG staple, Garden Catering , a small panel of alumnae assembled to field questions about their personal experiences in the college admissions process and beyond.

Helen Rail (‘17), Katie McCabe (’18), Madison Miraglia (’18), Erin Schick (’16), Elizabeth Considine (’16) and Claire O’Neill (’15) representing Georgetown, Boston College, College of the Holy Cross, Villanova and the University of Maryland were all very candid and informative in their responses.

The panel fielded questions regarding the highs and lows of the admissions process, how to handle homesickness, how to make the most of your roommate situation and how to engage the academic rigors of college. Claire O’Neill shared that, “ Your roommate doesn’t have to be your best friend. You just have to get along. Get out of your room to meet people!” When asked about how to engage a demanding college workload, Madison Miraglia offered that, “It’s super important to take advantage of your professor’s office hours. Sacred Heart girls are so used to talking to their teachers, getting to know a professor isn’t so hard.” Helen Rail candidly shared her dogged determination to attend Georgetown University after starting her college experience at Northeastern. Rail noted that although transferring schools was not her ideal scenario, the process is very “do-able and not so hard.” She is happy to be a Hoya!
On December 18 th , Sacred Heart students had the opportunity to meet informally with Katie Danahy, Class of 2017, who talked about her experience as a sophomore at Dartmouth College. Katie spoke to interested sophomores and juniors about choosing a major, how Sacred Heart prepared her for Dartmouth’s rigorous academic program, and about college life and becoming a part of the variety of clubs and traditions on the Dartmouth campus.
SENIORS:
IMPORTANT EARLY DECISION POLICY INFORMATION
JUNIORS:
A SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR JUNIORS:
A GREAT COLLEGE VISIT OPPORTUNITY SPECIFICALLY FOR
JUNIORS AND SOPHOMORES!
Jump start your college search and visit Boston University this winter! We may be covered in snow or enjoying a mild winter, but whatever the Boston weather has in store for us, you will experience the exciting place that is BU in all seasons.
Winter Visit Day
Friday, February 22, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Metcalf Hall in the George Sherman Union
775 Commonwealth Avenue, Second Floor
Boston, Massachusetts
High school juniors and sophomores and their families are welcome at this special day of programming.
SOPHOMORE GUIDANCE PREVIEWS
SOPHOMORES and FRESHMEN
Click on the link below for an article of interest to
Freshmen , Sophomores
and
Parents :
FRESHMEN
In December, College Guidance met with the Freshmen class to introduce them to Naviance, our career and college planning platform. Counselors helped the students to set up accounts in Naviance and instructed them on using Naviance to explore opportunities for summer academic and pre-college programs.
SPOTLIGHT ON.........
Case Western Reserve University is a leading independent research university located in Cleveland's University Circle, a square mile urban district of cultural, medical, educational, religious, and social service institutions. The Case Western mission statement affirms that the University “improves and enriches people's lives through research that capitalizes on the power of collaboration, and education that dramatically engages our students.“

Case Western incorporates several colleges including the College of Arts and Sciences , the Case School of Engineering , the Weatherhead School of Management, the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing , and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences . Case Western offers 95 Undergraduate degree programs including 140 dual-degree programs in a variety of disciplines. The University also offers 135 Graduate and Professional programs.

Along with teaching, research is at the heart of work at Case Western. From medicine to management, music to mathematics, faculty, staff and students inquire, explore, study and discover and are driven to expand knowledge, deepen understanding and contribute to the well-being of individuals, organizations and society at large. The combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional schools dramatically increases the range of opportunities for student research. Case Western students can launch projects as early as the first year of their undergraduate or graduate and professional programs.

From virtual to tangible, interdisciplinary to inter-institutional, the University houses more that 100 educational and explorative centers and institutes at the center of work and play on campus. Some examples include the Center for Evidence-Based Practices, a technical-assistance organization that promotes knowledge development and the implementation of evidence-based practices for the treatment and recovery of people with mental illness and co-occurring mental and substance use disorders. This center also implements and studies emerging best practices in an effort to identify innovations that consistently generate improved outcomes. The Leonard Gelfand STEM Center leverages the resources of Case Western to engage pre-K through 12th-grade students across Northeast Ohio in activities that introduce them to practices and concepts and inspire a lasting interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. The Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit encompasses a number of activities, all devoted to the healthy advancement of business in society. This center brings together work that fosters sustainable enterprise, social entrepreneurship, cooperation and global action.

Outside the classroom, students have the opportunity to take part in hundreds of student organizations. The Case Western Spartans boast 17 Division III Varsity sports along with numerous Clubs and Intramural level sports. Located in the heart of the culturally vibrant University Circle, home to the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art and much more, there’s always something to do. The campus is a short drive by bike, bus or train ride from downtown Cleveland, home to the largest performing arts center outside Broadway, excellent restaurants and three professional sports teams.

Case Western offers prospective students many opportunities to visit and take part in campus tours, information sessions and attending a class with current students. Students are encouraged to schedule an optional interview on campus during their visit or if they are not able to get to campus, they may request an off-campus interview with an Alumni Admission Ambassador in their area.
STANDARDIZED TESTING INFORMATION