Georgia High School Graduation Test Tutoring will be held on March 22 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. If you are interested in attending, please see Mrs. Holt or Ms. Judy Davis in the main office. The Georgia High School Graduation Test will be held during the week of March 24. This is a great opportunity for you to get extra help for the graduation test if you still have a portion(s) to pass.
Seniors Failing Courses There is an overwhelming amount of seniors who are currently failing courses. Some of you have gotten this attitude that you are not going to do any work. We must stress to you that you will not graduate if you do not pass the required classes for graduation. It might seem like a joke and game to you now, but when May rolls around, we (the counselors) cannot perform any magic tricks to help you graduate. We see this type of attitude every year, and every year we have seniors who do not graduate. You make the choice. You can either graduate in May or pay to graduate in the summer.
How Will College be Different From High School?
You’ve read the books, you’ve heard the advice, and you think you have a fair enough handle on what to expect when you get to college.
Sure, you may have heard all the advice about hectic schedules and immense freedom, but there are some things that the experts just can’t tell you. Like how, now that you’re responsible for your own food, you might have to concede that potato chips do not, in fact, constitute a food group. Or that textbooks are expensive, and you may actually have to give up something to be able to fund them. Or even though your roommate may be obnoxious and self-involved, he’s the one you’ll most likely go to for advice.
College isn’t just about classes, grades and gossip. It’s about finding yourself. That is the biggest difference between high school and college. Here are some more differences.
You Actually Learn
College isn’t about cramming for tests and spitting the info back out. It’s about retaining actual knowledge that you can use even when you’re out of the classroom.
“Some students respond well to the lecture/listen method used in most high school classrooms,” says Tamra Orr, educational writer and author of America’s Best Colleges for B Students. “Others like labs or hands-on work. Still others prefer to read the material rather than just listen to it.”
Explore the different learning styles and use the ones that work best to your advantage.
You Define Your Own Success
“Even high school, valedictorians can fall prey to the distractions of college. And even students who performed at an average level in high school can boost their performance to honors caliber if they receive cutting-edge study skills guidance,” says Gunnar Fox, author of Kick Ass in College: A Guerrilla Guide to College Success.
Also remember that what worked for you in high school may not necessarily work in college. For one, subjects are taught in completely different ways. In high school, you concentrate on what happened; in college, you’ll discover the why. In high school, you learn grammar and sentence structure; in college, you’ll study literature. In high school, you learn a foreign language; in college, you’ll get to experience the entire foreign culture.
But the most important thing about studying in college is that no one’s going to tell you to do it. Your classes aren’t arranged for you, teachers won’t monitor your class attendance, and you’re expected to budget for your own textbooks. Though you can get help when you need it, for the most part, you’re on your own.
You Get to be an Adult
“A lot of college freshmen get so swept up in the excitement of leaving home that they end up spending their sophomore, junior and senior years trying to make up for all of the partying and relationship drama they indulged in during their disastrous first year,” says Fox.
Now that you’re in college, you’re independent. No parents to make sure you get to class on time or telling you what to do (or what not to do). You’re an adult, and you’ll be treated like one. That’s exhilarating, but can be terrifying, too.
Orr recommends that you spend time learning what college life is all about. “Read about it, talk to college reps and most importantly, visit college campuses. Arrange to spend the night—or several—to see what it is like. Talk to first-year students and ask them what they have learned.”
Friendships and Relationships Change
College is also a time when you have freedom in your relationships. “You’re deciding who you are and what relationships work for you,” says Rebecca Kiki Weingarten, career coach and co-founder of Daily Life Consulting. “It’s experimentation on a psychological as well as social level.”
Rather than seeing the same people day after day, now you’ll be exposed to a wide variety of people from different family backgrounds, cultures, social circles and countries! This is a great opportunity for you to learn about the world, and you’ll find you have things in common with people you least expect.
Be careful with romantic relationships.
“Don’t allow a romance to dominate your life,” says Fox. “Resist the urge to cocoon with your sweetheart in a world inhabited only by the two of you. Intimate relationships must be built in the context of real-life needs and responsibilities. Oh yeah, and don’t date your professors.”
College is Your Home
In high school, you got up in the morning, came back in the afternoon, did your homework and were done with school. That’s not the case in college.
Your college will be your home—you will eat, sleep, study, have friends over and do your laundry in your dorm. You’re not going to be in class from morning to afternoon every day. Instead, you’ll attend classes in between other things—and no one’s going to force you to attend those, either.
“Prepare to take on a lot of responsibility, learn self discipline, meet people, have incredible amounts of fun, deal with loneliness and homesickness, have the intelligence and strength to deal with a myriad of temptation, and find out who you really are,” says Orr.
You’ll need a lot of self-discipline if you want to get things done, and Fox advises seriously considering getting a PDA and adopting a sensible way to budget your time. He also suggests being realistic about your financial resources by thinking about every dollar you spend.
“Success is a lifestyle,” he says. “Hang with and model the successful people you encounter in college. You’ll find they have a lot in common—not just in the way they study, but in their whole approach to life.”
COLLEGE IS POSSIBLE! STEPS FOR SUCCESS SATURDAY: The Hispanic Scholarship Fund is hosting a FREE full-day program to help students and parents prepare for college and make the right decisions. The program will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2008 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Georgia Perimeter College, Dunwoody Campus; 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338-4497. The program is free and open to the public. Space is limited and you must register no later than March 27, 2008 by calling toll free at 1-888-814-8410 or e-mailing Maria Naranjo at email@example.com or via internet at http://www.hsf.net/S4S-registration-en.aspx.
DEVRY UNIVERSITY- PASSPORT TO COLLEGE: DeVry University offers a wonderful opportunity this summer for Georgia high school rising juniors and seniors. Qualified students may enroll in the 11th annual Passport2College Program and get a jump start on their college education by earning college credits through this tuition-free program. Visit www.atl.devry.edu/passport2college for additional information.
GEORGIA PERIMETER COLLEGE is excited to offer summer classes for high school students graduating and planning to enroll at GPC in the fall and those planning to attend another institution who want to get a head start on their next educational opportunity. Applications for summer are due April 1, with the GPC’s summer registration starting on May 15. New students are encouraged to go online at www.gpc.edu/future for more information.
ANY SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS TO CONGRATULATE?
I know that some of you are receiving scholarship offers already…let us know and we will send you a “shout out” in the senior newsletter. Let’s get a little class spirit going and celebrate your accomplishments! Drop by Ms. Davis’s office to share your accomplishments. Also, if you have been accepted to any college/university or you have joined a branch of the military, please take a moment to let us know in the counseling office. We will need a copy of the official acceptance or scholarship award letter. We would love to share your accomplishments!!!!!!!
See Ms. Davis if you would like to share your accomplishments. We would love to hear about them!!!!! We will also post your name on the bulletin board outside of the counseling office once you are accepted to a college/university, technical school, or if you decide to enlist in the military!!!
Congratulations to the following seniors:
Jennifer Berger has been accepted to Emory University.
Anushka Boyd has been accepted to Valdosta State University.
Yonique Cousins has enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.
Antonio Covarrubias has enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.
Chanelle Daniel has been accepted to Xavier University.
Iesha Davis has enlisted in the United States Army.
Laquavia Green has been accepted to Xavier University. She has also been accepted into Xavier’s Howard Hughes Biomedical Honor Corps, a special academic year organization for students majoring in Biology, Chemistry, or Psychology-Premed.
Amber Henegar has been accepted to Georgia State University & Clark-Atlanta University.
Tashera Heights has been accepted to Savannah State University.
Chris Jackson is attending the University of Alabama.
Ketia Josey has been accepted to Grambling University.
Lakeira King has been accepted to Valdosta State University.
Ashley McCoy-Collins has been accepted to the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Raheim Parris has been accepted to Georgia College & State University.
Kimberly Powell has been accepted to Clark-Atlanta University
Andrew Stevenson has been accepted to Fort Valley State University.
Donnie Stroud has been accepted to Georgia Perimeter College.
Brittany Works has been accepted to Oakwood College in Birmingham, AL.
PREVIOUS SCHOLARSHIP REMINDERS
DO YOU NEED MONEY FOR COLLEGE? BELOW ARE SCHOLARSHIP REMINDERS THAT HAVE APPEARED IN PREVIOUS SENIOR NEWSLETTERS IN WHICH SOME OF YOU CAN AND SHOULD APPLY FOR!!!! APPLY!!!! APPLY!!!! APPLY!!!! APPLY!!!! APPLY!!!! APPLY!!!! APPLY!!!! APPLY!!!! APPLY!!!! APPLY!!!
BlackNews.com Spring 2008 Scholarship
April 30, 2008
Call Me Mister Scholarship Program
A. Patrick Charnon Scholarship
March 31, 2008
Constitutional Officer’s Ass. Of GA
March 21, 2008
GA Southern Univ. scholarships
firstname.lastname@example.org or http://admissions.georgiasouthern.edu/scholarships
Griffin Technical College Foundation Textbook Scholarship
MARCH Scholarship Announcements ALPHA IOTA DELTA OF CHI PSI: Alpha Iota Delta of Chi Psi Fraternity is proud to announce the Bethel Scholarships to the Georgia Institute of Technology. The scholarships are sponsored by the Robert B. Plunkett Memorial Educational Trust. This year, the fraternity is offering two scholarships of $1,000 each to qualified young men entering Georgia Tech in the fall of 2008. The written application, accompanied by an official transcript, must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2008. See Ms. Davis for an application.
2008 ATLANTA BRAVES HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM: The Atlanta Braves and Publix Super Markets will award six $2,000 scholarships to graduating Georgia high school seniors. All applicants must: (1) be a graduating high school senior in the state of Georgia; (2) have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0; (3) be accepted to an accredited college or university and plan on attending college during the 2008 fall semester, (4) submit current school transcript, (5) attach an acceptance letter to a college or university, (6) list all high school extra curricular activities, (7) have one letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor or principal, and (8) type a 300-500 word essay on the following: Why is it important to make your community a better place to live? Refer to personal experiences and describe how you have made an impact on your community. Your completed application packet must be postmarked by April 15, 2008. Incomplete packets will not be considered. Mail packet to the following address: Atlanta Braves/Publix Scholarship Program; 755 Hank Aaron Drive; Atlanta, GA 30315. Please see Ms. Davis for an application.
COMMUNITY FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP: NEED MONEY FOR COLLEGE??? A scholarship from the community foundation can help! Some scholarships are awarded based on (1) financial need, (2) having a GPA ranging from 2.0 to 4.0, (3) pursuing medical or social services degrees, and much more!!! Awards range from $500 to $5,000. The deadline for majority of applications is March 26, 2008. Please visit www.atlcf.org for complete information, including applications forms.
GEORGIA PERIMETER COLLEGE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP (GPC): GPC has several scholarships that students can apply for. Please see Ms. Davis for a scholarship application and additional information. Georgia Perimeter College’s Janet Barron Book Scholarship awards $250 per year towards book expenses to be awarded in the fall to a new student. This is a need-based scholarship and service activities are highly valued in the selection process. The Jack and Kathleen Thornton Scholarship awards $500 per year towards tuition, fees and books only for a duration of two years to be awarded in the fall to a new student. This scholarship requires a 3.0 high school grade point average. The scholarship application is available at www.gpc.edu/Foundation/scholarships.htm. The deadline to apply for both scholarships is May 1, 2008.
INDIAN AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIP FUND: The Indian American Scholarship fund was established in 1993 by the Indian American Cultural Association. Scholarships are available to 2008 graduating seniors from a Georgia High School. Qualifying students are of Indian descent (at least one grandparent was born in India). Qualifying applicants will attend an accredited four-year college or university. The deadline for financial aid scholarships must be postmarked by April 21, 2008. The deadline for Merit scholarships must be postmarked by March 31, 2008. See Ms. Davis for an application.
NAVY ROTC SCHOLARSHIPS: You are invited to submit an application for the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corp (NROTC) $180,000 Scholarship. The scholarship pays full tuition and fees, provides an allowance for books and monthly stipend of $250-$400 for 4 years of college. You can apply at https://www.nrotc.navy.mil or https://www.nrotc.navy.mil/application/default.cfm.
SOUTHERN STATES VETERAN’S DEPENDENT SCHOLARSHIP: The Southern States Veteran’s Dependent Scholarship will be awarded to the son or daughter of a U.S. military veteran (active or inactive). To apply you must be a high school senior in the Henry County Public School System. You must also write a short paper on the topic, “Why I’m Proud to be the Son/Daughter of a Veteran” and include it with your scholarship application. You must submit your application by April 21, 2008. See Ms. Davis for an application. One scholarship will be awarded to one student from among all applicants in Henry County.
Go to www.fastweb.com to set up a scholarship profile to get FREE scholarship information. Search, search, search and find money to help you pay for your postsecondary education.
Please submit your college/university or technical school acceptance letters and military enlistment to the counseling office.