Student Newsletter

September 2017 | Volume 5 Issue 4


        Walking into a larger school than I had ever encountered, I was afraid of the spacious winding hallways that branched off into mystery territories and drove me to unknown destinations. Where I would soon be greeted with a whole new set of faces, sitting aimlessly around the classroom, that we would soon call our own. The moment the bell rang, the class went silent, awaiting the first orders from a teacher we had never seen before. This was freshman year, tensions were high, expectations were unknown, and from then on was a year I will never forget. We are told throughout middle school that the upcoming four years will be a wildly different experience. Tougher, meaner, and nothing like what we were comfortable with. However, to my surprise, I was greeted with warm, welcome arms from the administration, teachers, and those alike. With teachers truly interested in my future, freshman year became a time of healthy learning, not only academically, but socially, and emotionally as well. It was an experience unlike any other.
        Classes in high school are always said to be challenging and feared of, due to the seemingly infinite amount of fabled assignments and projects. Of course, this is not true. Yes, there are more assignments, because there are more classes, but if time is well spent in class, homework becomes less of a worry. And yes, it is more challenging, because school is meant to stretch your brain, and further employ deep thinking within yourself, so that you can make decisions on more complex topics in life. Not to mention, teachers often make learning a very interesting and intriguing time, making lessons more engaging and fun, while also learning the subjects you need for later years. Teachers always make themselves available, either through office times, or various contact systems, such as email. So, there is no reason to be afraid of the next test because the last lesson did not make any sense, they are there for you.
        Although classes are a large part of high school, it’s the things that happen naturally on a daily basis that make high school unique: socializing. Throughout grade and middle school, you are used to knowing most, if not all, of your class. However, high school is a large pond, and it can get very overwhelming trying to memorize your entire class. This causes “pools” to happen, groups of 3-10 friends that are very close. These friends become very important throughout your high school career. They’re there for you when you need them, or sometimes not. It pushes you to realize what you enjoy in people, and what you don’t. This experience is unique to freshman year, as it’s the first year that we start to really push an identity for ourselves. Not to mention, it teaches you to stand up for yourself, as you have to come out of your shell and talk to teachers by yourself about issues you may have.
        Along with the increase in identity and preferences, come emotions. These emotions can be about anything: love interests, academic pressure, social pressure, and just general opinions on everything around you. It’s very important to assort these feelings and determine how to handle them without hurting anybody else. This is another experience that is unique to freshman year because it is the first time we have to decide between people’s likings and our own. People that you thought were the best in the beginning of the year, may not be that great to you by the middle of the year. This causes strong emotions, and it’s important to keep those emotions in check, so you don’t hurt those around you.
        Walking out of the school that I remember so prominently, I walk through the hallways, reminiscing on the time I spent in each of my classrooms. Waving at each face that I knew, I walked with confidence knowing that next year would be only better. I looked forward to a class of familiar faces that would sit accordingly with their friends. Next year was sophomore year, tensions were predicted, and expectations were prepared for. But I’ll never forget freshman year: an experience unlike any other.


AP Student Success at the College Level - Recent Research

By CollegeBoard|AP 2014

Multiple research studies have confirmed the following benefits for AP students who achieve scores of 3 or higher on AP exams.

1. AP students perform well in subsequent college courses in the discipline.

2. AP students are more likely to major in their AP subject or related discipline, particularly in STEM subjects.

3. AP students take more - not less - college course work in their discipline.

4. AP students are more likely to graduate within four years.

5. AP provides opportunities for underserved students to succeed.


2nd Annual College Empowerment Summit, December 29th
featuring "Black Voices Spoken Word"

Students are encouraged to particpate in piece development sessions working with the Walker Sisters creators of "Me'Re Image".
Register at the GR8 U Night,
September 23, 2017
For contest rules and more info: (951) 415-9756


Things you should be doing right now for Fall 2017:

Incoming College Freshman:
  • Moving in day. Pack smart and light. Know house rules.
  • Go to Freshman Orientation and campus fall events
  • Go to a financial aid workshop to fully understand your financial package i.e. when and how you will get disbursements.
  • Buy textbooks before class begins from upper classmen
  • Find your study space and a good reliable study group
  • Be kind to your RA, learn how to become one next year
  • BE SAFE - Learn Emergency Procedures and know who your campus advocates are
  • Breathe and take it all in. You made it!
General College Students:
  • Get to know your library and academic support systems
  • Read, Read, Read but don't isolate yourself
  • Register for Study Abroad programs
  • Ensure you have all classes necessary for Graduate school to avoid having to take additional classes after graduation
  • Beat the rush register as early as possible
  • Get involved with a research project/internship
  • Check in with WHD every term
Senior College Students:
  • Register for GRE Test
  • LSAT Test September 16th
  • Find an internship in your field of study
  • If Graduate School is in your future:
  • - Negotiate your Financial Award package well
    - Secure your housing and transportation
    - Review admissions policy and take prerequisites
    - Enlist help of your current professors
    - Don't assume anything
  • Get into an internship/research project now
  • - Unemployment for Black graduates are typically twice as high as unemployment for white graduates. See article
Rising High School Sophomores:
  • Be a positive influence on campus, clubs and home
  • Create a balanced schedule with the right amount of AP/Honors/IB courses that you are confident you will get a B or better; challenge yourself
  • Have your Parents attend the UC College Night September 20th at the Parent Center in Corona
  • Prepare for the PSAT/ACT/SAT
  • Use social media wisely; remember colleges are looking
  • Register for College on-site overnighters
Rising High School Juniors:
  • All prospective colleges get on their mailing lists for announcements of fly-in, bridge, and intern programs
  • Get plenty of rest; at least 9 hours of sleep for optimal performance
  • Get involved in a leadership roles
  • Go to (Students) and see where Colleges like UPenn, Yale, Princeton and more will be in your area.
  • Find ways to demonstrate persistence, thoughtfulness, creativity, civic engagement or your special gift.
  • Study for PSAT/SAT/ACT tests (use free online help)
  • Attend Spoken Word Event September 23rd receive door prize
Rising High School Seniors:
  • Keep important calendar due dates
  • Finalize your QuestBridge, Common Ap and Coalition Applications
  • Talk to college students
  • Register for UC Irvine Application Workshop, October 28th
  • Retake SAT/ACT tests for optimal score
  • Ask for Letters of Recommendation in August-September
  • Champion a cause that you care about



Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

What you need to file...

1. Social Security number, or if not a U.S. citizen, alien registration number or permanent residence card

2. Your driver’s license number

3. Your parents’ and your tax return(s) from two years before the academic year to which you are applying for financial aid. (e.g. students who apply for the 2017-2018 academic year will base their FAFSA on 2015 Federal Income tax returns.)

4. Your parents’ and your most recent bank statements

5. Your parents’ most recent business, mortgage and investment records



Scholarships 2017!

More details




Gates Millennium

Notices and Alerts

In the top 15% of your senior graduating class? Start looking in the mail for correspondence from the University of California.
        It will start off like this: "Congratulations! Your high school has identified you as being in the top 15 percent of your graduating class…"
        As a high-achieving student, you will have the unique opportunity to attend one of their "UC for You" events. These on-campus receptions held in October give you exclusive access to UC staff who can answer questions about applying, admission and selection, financial aid, housing and student life.
        To receive a special invite to "UC for You", after you receive your notice, you must go to their website, enter the code from your postcard and provide your email address. If you are a senior, in the top 15% of your class and have not received this notification, see your school counselor immediately and ask why not.
         For those who are not in the top 15%, but have eyes set on a UC campus come to the Corona-Norco Parent Center in Corona, September 20th. See below for details.



Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer income and tax data from you and your parent(s)’ federal income returns into the FAFSA.

Once you enter all of your information, double-check your work, and then print a copy of the confirmation page for your records.

After your FAFSA is filed, you can log back in and check the status at any time.

Some private colleges also require the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, found at, which is a separate financial aid form. In addition some private colleges also require you to complete their own financial aid form for even more benefits.


     #8 Best National University

October 12th, Thursday 4pm

 "An Evening with UPenn"

Don’t miss your opportunity to get an insider's look at navigating the selective admissions process, and advice on college essays.
Learn about UPenn's scholarships and their generous need-based financial aid offerings. See how UPenn can be affordable, accessible, and unforgettable.
Bring your family and friends.

Keep watching your emails for more details


PSAT 8/9 Dates:
 Registration Deadline: Sept 3rd
Test Date: Oct 3rd

PSAT/ NMSQT - 10 Dates:
 Registration Deadline: Sept 3rd
Test Date: Oct 3rd

SAT Dates:
 Registration Deadline: Sept 8th
Test Date: Oct 7th
  AP Scores are available
Go to: for
FREE SAT and AP Practice tests and tutorials!

ACT Dates:
Late Registration Deadline: Sept 22nd
Test Date: Oct 28th

Go to: for
FREE ACT Online Practice Tests

Check with College Counselor to confirm
Test Dates and Times

Featured University:

Undergraduate Admission Office:
The College of New Jersey
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Trenton Hall, Room 228
PO Box 7718
Ewing, NJ 08628
Phone: 609.771.2131 

   TCNJ was one of the distinguished colleges on my summer counselor college tour. I had never heard of it prior to the tour. But I was pleasantly surprised.

      The College of New Jersey is an exceptional institution that applies innovative approaches in teaching that allows students to live, learn, and explore throughout their collegiate experience. A small, public college located in central New Jersey, TCNJ welcomes students who seek an interactive education that will challenge their ambitions, both inside and outside of the classroom... Grecia Montero, Director of Admissions

     Ranked #3 Best Northern Regional University by US News 2017. The most popular major is Education and Professinal Development, Specific Levels and Methods. 52% of undergrads are determined to have financial need. The graduate that I spoke with is leaving with only a total $12,000 student debt, which I thought was good for an out of state student. I was really impressed with the clean rather scenic campus, the dinning commons and the new college village.

Key Facts

  • 6,787 Total Student Body
  • Tuition: $38,895
  • 13 -1 Student-Facility Ratio
  • Average Class Size: 21 Students
  • 42% Financial need met (average)
  • Current Partner with
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