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From the Director of Counseling

What an amazing first week of school with Camp Aquinas, college visits, college application workshops, resume building and career day!  Thank you for engaging with all of our STH Alumni, business leaders and college representatives this last week.  I look forward to my first every Fish week and the Counseling Department will be rolling out their Instagram page on Wednesday--follow us!

Each week in our newsletter, I will share to do lists, dinner table topics, conversation starters and important dates in this section. Please note these are suggestions usually by year of graduation and do not hesitate to reach out to me  or your child's counselor, if you have additional questions, concerns or suggestions. Thank you for allowing us to serve your son.  Happy Fish Week! -Chelette Stephenson

What's Next? <August 19th>
Class of 2020-Schedule a Counseling Session before September 5th with your counselor to finalize your college list, register for SAT/ACT as needed and update your resume. Also don't forget to follow up with your teachers about LORs. 

Class of 2021-PSAT is just around the corner. Have you linked your College Board account and Khan Academy?

Class of 2022:  Discuss with your family your GPA goals and think about your involvement at STH and the community this year. 

Class of 2023: Visit the LEC, stop by the counselor's office to say hi, and determine how you plan to keep track of your assignments and homework. 

ALL:  In case you missed last week's newsletter, check it out here: 
Last week's newsletter

Counseling Department Upcoming Dates

  • August 21st, 11:30-12, Turner Hall, Class of 2020 College Apps & You Brown Bag Session
  • September 5th, 6 pm, Cemo: Class of 2020 Senior Family Meeting
  • September 6th: SAT Registration Deadline for October Test

College Knowledge 

Wouldn't it be nice if you could secure a spot at a Medical School or Law School early? With the right SAT/ACT(aim for a 1390 or 30!) and GPA-- St. Louis University can provide that opportunity for you!


Location: St. Louis, MO

Top Programs: Nursing, Exercise Science, Psychology, Finance, Biology, Entrepreneurship, Theology, Flight science

Size: 6,604 Undergrads, 3,988 Graduate Students

Average SAT/ACT: 1280/28

Mascot: Billikins

Fun Facts: SLU was America's FIRST CERTIFIED COLLEGE OF AVIATION! Most undergraduates attended schools similar to STH! You can see the St. Louis Gateway Arch from campus! Holds one of the world's most complete microfilm collections of Vatican documents. Multi 6 year direct entry programs that allow students to earn advanced degrees! Atlantic 10 Conference - Go Billikins!

What's your GPA? 
Check Naviance for your GPA-- are you on track to meet your goals?  What can you do differently this school year to earn your best grades? 

What are you doing to make sure you get the best SAT score?
Khan Academy is a great FREE resource! It'll link directly to your College Board account and give you personalized practice. Check it out here:

Around Town:
Interested in going to college in California? 
7 of the 9 University of California schools will be visiting Episcopal High School on Tuesday, September 17th at 7:00PM.  RSVP is required and space is limited! Register here!

Careers, Resumes, oh my!

Aquinas Week brought students many opportunities to think about their futures and careers. 

We kicked off the week with Career Day and our keynote speakers, Matt Toomey ('97) and Jay Vaughn ('15), gave two different perspectives on entrepreneurship in the dining and construction industries respectively.  Then students rotated through panels of alums and local business-people representing jobs ranging from engineers, CEOs, and doctors to photographers, sports agents, and priests.  A variety of industries were represented including aerospace, energy, education, finance, and media.  Many students also had the opportunity to work on their resumes in Naviance and complete the Texas Reality Check activity.

Sophomore year is when we really ramp up career programming for students and our sophomores had the opportunity start thinking about careers from a variety of perspectives on Tuesday morning.  They completed the Career Clusters assessment to identify potential industries based on of their personal interests.  Using the Gallup Strengths Explorer assessment (a youth version of StrengthFinder), students learned about possible careers that related to their natural talents.  Students completed a brand self evaluation to discover how well they currently exhibit behaviors employers look for and determine in what areas they would like to improve.  They also did the Texas Reality Check to better understand what it will take to achieve their desired standards of living in the future.  Sophomores also had time to work on their resumes that can be used for jobs and internships now and college and scholarship applications in the future.  Counselors will use the results of all of these activities as they begin one-on-one career development conversations with students this year.

Any student, no matter what year, who wants more assistance exploring career options should meet with their counselor who is more than happy to help!


Scholarships 101

Scholarships are donations. They don't need to be recompensed. There are countless of them, offered by schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, and professional and social organizations.

Certain scholarships for college are merit based . Merit scholarships are given based on academic achievement or on a combination of academics and a special talent, attribute, or interest. Some scholarships are based on financial need. Many scholarships are directed toward specific groups of people; for example, there are scholarships for young men or engineering students. And others are offered because of where you or your parent work, or because you come from a particular background (for instance, there are scholarships for military families). 

A scholarship might cover the entire cost of your tuition, or it might be a one-time award of a few hundred dollars. Whatever the case may be, it’s worth applying for, because it’ll help reduce the cost of your education.


Trends and Points of Interest

Considering internships before entering college
While compiling practical experience in a post-secondary major field of study has always played a significant role in helping a college graduate find prime employment opportunities, a growing number of high school students are reaping similar benefits in terms of identifying and obtaining admission to their first-choice college majors.

Internships not only aid high school students in strengthening their university application, but they also provide a real-world glimpse of what skills and strengths are needed to be successful in that particular career field.

I encourage you to click on the link below to read more about the advantages of pre-college internships and how to go about finding one that is right for you.

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