Issue 16 Articles
Hillsboro School Band
High School Late Start Days
WCS Budget Update
New Walking Trail Planned for Spring
Signs Serve as Warning for Parents
High Schools Compete in Hunger
Games Food Drive
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Little Mr. & Miss Franklin Pageant
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2012 History Day Winners
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With Spring Break rapidly approaching,
this month's issue of Counselor Connects contains information
for high school students who want to make the most out of their
By Ravenwood High School Counselor
Stacie Ballard and
Fairview High School Counselor Mark Schwartz
For many students, Spring Break is a time that's usually spent
at the beach, visiting
family, or just relaxing at home. However, we want you to
think about another option. Even if you are an
underclassman, your Spring Break is a great time to venture to
different colleges to find what type of campus might be a better
fit for you. You can only do so much when reading the
college brochures or searching through their website.
Campus visits are one of the best ways to know the true feel of
the campus. Therefore, one of the best times to do this
is when you can visit multiple colleges at once. So, here
are some suggestions to make the most out of your college visit,
whether on Spring Break or an alternative time.
Call ahead to schedule your campus visit since some places
have limited spots for their tours. Once your official tour
is over, make sure to take some time and visit the other
parts of campus. Tours generally show you the best of the
university. So, at least drive around to see what else there
Of course, visit when school is in session. Perhaps they are
on their Spring Break too. You don’t want to miss the true
buzz of the campus. Keep this in mind for summer too. You
will not see the same amount of campus life during that time.
Eat in the dining hall. Believe it or not, most of your food
will come from here. Therefore, it is best to try it out.
Meet with an advisor in the department of your interest.
They can tell you more details about a major or even the
programs they offer. Generally, this is your best source of
information related to what academic interests you might
have and how the university will match your expectations.
If you know what you want to study, a class visit makes a
lot of sense. Call ahead of time, though, to ensure that
this is an option for you.
Some schools offer overnight stays. If this is an option, it
would be a great way to see what the dorms are like before
you have to choose them as your housing option.
Visit the places on campus that will have meaning for you.
If you are into sports, check out their intramural fields or
fitness facility. If you like studying in the library,
explore the places you might be for those late night cram
sessions. Perhaps you are in need of special support. Do
they have a writing center or math tutoring? Can they help
you with certain academic accommodations?
Check out campus bulletin boards to find what events they
have at school or in the surrounding area. These boards
usually have postings about area concerts, sporting events,
lectures, plays, club meetings, religious services, job
openings, etc. If something is important to you, you might
notice here what is important for the community.
No matter where you go, if the temperatures are just as nice as
now, make sure to remember these tips:
Apply sunscreen SPF 15 or higher and reapply during the day.
Wear a hat and sunglasses outside.
Drink plenty of water if you’re in the sun sweating a lot.
Wear a life vest on boats.
If traveling, become familiar with surroundings, including
local emergency rooms. Stick close to friends and
people you trust.
Resist peer pressure to join in activities you know are
questionable or dangerous.
Friday, March 30, Half day for students, teacher staff
Monday-Friday, April 2-6, No school due to Spring Break
April 27-May4, TCAP Assessment for grades 3-8
Friday-Wednesday, May 18-23, Semester exams
May 23, Half day for students and end of second semester
Friday-Sunday, May 25-27, Graduation window
For other dates, check with each individual school