CLASS OF 2012 & 2013
Lajes ES / HS
To familiarize you with the resources available to
both parents and students.
To open a dialogue between parent and student
about goals, expectations, finances, etc.
To help both parents and students create a
year-long plan so that everyone can make the most
of their time here at Lajes.
Don’t count your days … make your days count.
The Big Questions
Application Essay / Personal Statement - Do’s and Don’ts
Tests: SAT, ACT, & ASVAB
Student Financial Aid Forms
Letter of Recommendation
Parent / Student Workshop
Review Schedules and Transcripts
Register for SAT / ACT exams
Review Student Financial Aid Forms
The B-I-G Questions
What do I want to be when I grow up?
What are the things I can do NOW to help me
reach my goal?
What kind of college do I want to go to?
Do I want a career in the military?
Academic Programs Available
Student – Faculty Ratio
Average Class Size
Estimated Cost for Academic Year (room, board, etc.)
Resident vs. Non-Resident
University of Hawaii = $3,792 vs. $10,512
Military / Overseas Exception – Contact Admissions!!!
Work Study / Resident Assistant
Extra-curricular and Leadership Opportunities
AP Credit – Does the college accept it?
Academic Support Services
College & University Types
College – Offers 2 Private – Supported
or 4 year degrees through tuition and
University – Composed private resources
of a number of Research – Larger
colleges and grants a schools that emphasize
variety of degrees research
Public – Supported Comprehensive – Focus
through state funds on helping students
College & University Types
Liberal Arts – Broad Trade School –
based education in Specialized training
a variety of areas, Military Schools –
usually smaller in size Federal military
Junior/Community – academies that
2 year institutions require U.S. Senate or
Technical Schools – Representative
Occupational nomination, private
programming and state supported
Admissions Terminology 101
Schools will have a fixed application deadline
Applications are accepted or rejected as they come in
Can finish application process at that time or wait for other schools
Apply by an earlier date
Binding – If you refuse offer, cannot be accepted into another college.
All other applications will be withdrawn
The Common Application
The Common Application is a not-for-profit
organization that serves students and member
institutions by providing an admission application –
online and in print – that students may submit to any
of 456 institutions.
Application Essay / Personal Statement
Read other essays Try to be funny unless
Answer the question you are
Ask for help Be general or use
Edit, rewrite, edit, overused phrases
rewrite Use the same essay for
Be personal and sincere different questions
Let the essay show who Plagiarize
you are Have someone else
Write for impact write the essay
SAT vs. ACT
Both nationally administered college entrance
exams and most colleges accept one or other, but
check with your college / university admissions!
SAT: a three-part (Reading, Math, Writing) aptitude
test intended to predict performance in college
ACT: an achievement test that tests your knowledge
in four core sections (English, Math, Reading,
Science) and an optional Writing
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery
Aptitude test that focuses on four areas (Arithmetic
Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph
Comprehension and Mathematics Knowledge)
Geared specifically to the military, but also a
wonderful resource to gain insight into individual
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Help Completing the FAFSA
Military Student Aid
Other resources are available in your packet.
The NASSP/Herff Jones Principal’s Leadership
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program
The American Citizenship Award
The President’s Volunteer Service Award
NASC (National Association of Student Councils)
Name, mailing address, phone number with
international calling code, and email address are
centered at the top.
If you have an email address like
firstname.lastname@example.org, consider creating a new
one like email@example.com.
What is it that you want?
A specific job
Acceptance at a specific college / university
Acceptance into a particular major at college /
Education – List all the high schools you’ve attended
in descending order, NOT elementary or middle
schools. Lajes ES/HS should be listed first since you
are here now and work your way backwards.
Focus on education specific to your interest, like
math or science, or rigorous course work like AP
classes if you’ve taken any.
Work Experience (if you have any) - What were your
responsibilities on the job?
Volunteer Work or Community Service
Extra-curricular activities and the number of years you
participated in them. Did you hold any leadership
All of these should be bulleted statements starting with
strong active verbs: coordinated, demonstrated,
supervised, monitored, assisted with, etc.
Keep it simple, easy to read and to ONE page only!
Adventures in Education – This site offers free
samples and templates.
CREW (Connecting Resources, Education &
Workforce) – This site offers a free printable
Letters of Recommendation
Select a minimum of three people that you believe
know your strengths and will feel comfortable speaking
well of you. Ex: teachers, clergy, supervisors, troop
Ask them if they are willing to write a letter on your
Present them with your resume in a folder. Include any
college forms and other materials like stamped and
addressed envelope or directions.
Give them a reasonable timeline to complete the letter.
Come back and pick it up at a pre-arranged time, if
A hand-written thank you note is greatly appreciated!
School Schedule for 2011-2012
Year Long Calendar of School Events
Sample Admissions Essays
Additional financial aid websites
For the Good of the Order
NHS Meeting in Room 132 (elementary hallway) on
Monday, August 29th after school for all members
and those who might apply 2nd semester.
Senior chapter members of the National Honor
Society are eligible for college scholarships, too!
Contact Ms. Daniele at firstname.lastname@example.org
quickly. Nominations take place in September!