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    Sunday 10/13/19 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

     

    Registration is OPEN HERE  

     

    Middle & High School students and parents in the San Juan or nearby districts are welcome to attend. 

    The only college conference of its type in the Sacramento region, College Sunday brings the area's leading college consultants, counselors, and admissions experts together to provide up-to-date information and answer detailed questions on all aspects of the college application process. Cost is per individual attendee - $25 for registration. A lunch can be purchased for $7.50

    The key to a successful college application experience is an early understanding of the process and preparation involved. Many students begin thinking about the application process near the end of their Sophomore and Junior years of high school. We've found that many students and parents find it much more helpful (and much less stressful) to begin getting information earlier, particularly on topics related to financing.
              
     

    College Sunday is here to help.

    College Sunday is a conference that brings the area's leading college consultants, counselors, and admissions experts together, in small, hour-long classroom settings to answer questions like:

    • What can students and their families be doing now, before their Junior and Senior years to prepare?  What can we do to avoid common stressors?
    • What do I really need to know about financial aid? What are common pitfalls and how do I avoid them?
    • Public vs. Private? Large vs. Small? What's the best fit for me? 
    • What are the highly selective colleges really looking for?
    • Which tests, SAT or ACT, make the most sense for me?
    • Where do I get practical, specific feedback on my essay? How do I prepare for college interviews? 
    Come to College Sunday to:
    • Become more fully informed about opportunities you may have overlooked. 
    • Learn how to navigate the admissions process more efficiently and strategically.
    • Become a more knowledgeable consumer of information targeted to college-bound students.

  • College Sunday Schedule

    9:00am-9:25am Check-in and Complementary Coffee (Campus Quad)

    9:30am-11:25am Keynote Speeches (Multi-Purpose Room)

    11:30am-12:25pm Lunch Break

    Workshops:
    Session A 12:30pm-1:25pm
    Session B 1:30pm-2:25pm
    Session C 2:30pm-3:30pm

    Complementary coffee will be available during sign-in at 9:00. Guests wishing to purchase a lunch are encouraged to make lunch orders at the time of registration. A small number of lunches will be available for purchase on the day of the event, during the lunch break but choices will be limited.

    What to do:

    1. Review the list of workshops available.
    2. Read the workshop descriptions below and decide which interest you.
    3. Review the sessions grid and choose the workshops and times desired.
    4. Go to the registration link and sign up for the workshops that you want.

    Register soon because the workshops fill up fast!
    Please note that each individual attending requires a separate registration. 
    The classrooms can only hold a limited number of people. To be considerate of the limited space, please register you and your student separately.

    Thank you in advance!

     


  • Registration is OPEN 

     

    College Sunday 2019 Session Workshops 

     

    College Sunday Sessions Grid 2019        
             
    Keynote Speakers
    Reducing the Anxiety Surrounding College Admissions Scott Hamilton 1st Keynote
    Conquering Financial Aid in the Years Ahead Lynette Mathews 2nd Keynote
             
        A B C
    Workshop Title Presenter Name 12:30 1:30 2:30
    Navigating the College Application Maze Sally Smith x    
    College Admissions 101 for Freshman and Sophomores Sarah Aikenhead and Judith Painter   x  
    Up Your Admissions Odds  Scott Hamilton   x  
    Senior Year Strategy for Successful College Admission Steve Sterling and Dottie Sterling     x
    Getting the most out of  Campus tours and College Interviews Sarah Aikenhead and Judith Painter x    
    Eureka! Discovering Public University & Honors Options Beyond the Golden State Donna Sakabu   x  
    Acceptance to the Highly-Selective Colleges.   What does it take? Margaret Amott x    
    Presenting Yourself to the University of California and the CSU Regan Davis x    
    Beyond Financial Aid: Paying for College Wisely Paige Farrell   x x
    Right School at the Right Price Paige Farrell x    
    The College Financial Aid Process and Pitfalls to Avoid Steve Sterling and Dottie Sterling x    
    Engineering Your Future: Majors in Engineering Corin Hamilton x x  
    Getting Down to Business: Majors in Business Corin Hamilton     x
    Preparing as a Pre-Health Student Joanne Snapp   x
    STEM: The Right Formula for Success Donna Sakabu     x
    The UC Personal Insight Questions and Statements / Essays for private colleges Margaret Amott   x  
    Getting it Write: Conquering College Essays Sally Smith   x  
    Acing the College Interview Scott Hamilton x    
    Let's Get Personal - How to Write a Stand-Out College Essay Scott Hamilton     x

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    Navigating the College Application Maze (Workshop Session A)

    College applications can be confusing and anxiety provoking. This workshop guides you through the Common Application, and then contrasts the Common App with the Universal Application, Coalition Application, UC application, and CSU application. You'll understand what information to have on hand, how the process works, what each type of deadline means, and the steps to take after you click "Submit."

     

    College Admissions 101 for Freshman and Sophomores (Workshop Session B)

    This session will cover:
    -How do colleges select students and what students should consider in selecting a college
    -Extracurricular activities – in school and beyond
    -Casual college visits: when to visit,
    -Timeline: tests, visits, lists, applications: getting ready for junior/senior year.

     

    Up Your Admissions Odds (Workshop Session B)

    A common conversation among second semester seniors and their families is who got in where and who did not. While many admissions decisions make sense, increasingly people are puzzled at the results.
    While the subjectivity of admissions decisions can explain some of these apparent anomalies, there is often more going on behind the scenes in an admissions office than people realize. In this session, we will explore how enrollment management has changed the landscape of college admissions, strategies students can use to increase their chances of admission and how to discover which colleges and universities are considering a student's desire to attend when making the admissions decision.  

      

    Senior Year Strategy for Successful College Admission (Workshop Session C)

    This workshop will explain crucial tasks to complete before and during the college application process to maximize student’s opportunities for college admission. Insightful real-life examples will be discussed; advice regarding admission essays will be presented. A question and answer session will follow.

     

    Getting the most out of  Campus tours and College Interviews (Workshop Session A)

    This session discusses choosing when and where to visit, what to look for and ask during campus tours, how to prep for campus interviews, attire and follow up. 

     

    Eureka! Discovering Public University & Honors Options Beyond the Golden State (Workshop Session B)

    Out-of-state public universities can provide non-resident students with excellent educational opportunities. For strong students, this can include generous merit scholarships plus allow participation in honors colleges or programs. These colleges and programs can open doors to additional research and internship experiences, while enhancing professional preparation for opportunities beyond the undergraduate years. Discover numerous higher educational treasures beyond California's borders.

     

    Acceptance to the Highly-Selective Colleges.   What does it take? (Workshop Session A)

    Admission to these colleges is not just about having fabulous grades and terrific test scores.  Because the colleges put a tremendous amount of work into reading the applications and evaluating the candidates, learn how to clearly reveal your strengths and talents on your college applications.

     

    Presenting Yourself to the University of California and the CSU (Workshop Session A)

    Can you name all ten UC campuses?  Name the top-ranked CSU?  Get a better understanding of what California's world renowned public colleges and universities have to offer, what they are looking for, and how to strengthen your application.  

     

    Beyond Financial Aid: Paying for College Wisely (Workshop Sessions B, C)

    Come learn how to design your ideal spending plan by trimming costs, using savings and 529 plans flexibly, and maximizing tax credits to get you to the targeted benefit. You’ll walk away armed with tools to focus your student on schools within your family’s range, while integrating your retirement planning with college so that you don’t derail your future.

     

    Right School at the Right Price (Workshop Session A)

    College price tags are meaningless. Most students do not pay full price. With the right tools, you can identify your student’s accurate estimated cost long before the admissions letters arrive in the mail. Find the most generous schools and look for good values by exploring possibilities beyond the most highly ranked schools. This workshop is a great place to help you narrow in on the right schools in your family’s financial range.

     

    The College Financial Aid Process and Pitfalls to Avoid (Workshop Session A)

    This workshop will present the scholarship and grant (free money) opportunities available to students and how to apply for them. Strategies for receiving the maximum amount of financial aid and how to avoid the most common financial aid pitfalls will be examined. A question and answer session will follow.

     

    Engineering Your Future: Majors in Engineering (Workshop Sessions A, B)

    Considering a career in engineering? During this presentation, you will learn about the many different fields of engineering, and how to lay the groundwork while still in high school for admissions into an engineering program and success once enrolled. You will also learn strategies for identifying colleges that will best support your academic and career goals.

     

    Getting Down to Business: Majors in Business (Workshop Session C)

    Business routinely ranks as the most popular college major in the nation, but many students are unsure of what studying business actually entails. During this presentation, you will learn more about this multifaceted field, including possible career outcomes and how to identify a strong undergraduate business program. Come away with a better idea of whether or not studying business is for you and which business concentration matches your strengths and interests. 

     

    Preparing as a Pre-Health Student (Workshop Sessions B,C)

    Grades, tests, letters of recommendation, meaningful experiences, and attributes are all needed to be successful on this journey. What can high school students do now to get starting on the right path toward a health profession? Joanne will go over the basics of what's required, and give some tips appropriate for high school students.

     

    STEM: The Right Formula for Success (Workshop Session C)

    We hear a lot about STEM careers in the media, but what does it really mean? Learn the Five Steps for Success in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and how you can apply them to your college plan.

     

    The UC Personal Insight Questions and Statements / Essays for private colleges (Workshop Session B)

    Enhance your college applications by writing quality responses to the UC Insight Questions and to the private college prompts.  What are the colleges looking for?  How do you respond?  Learn exactly what to do! Understand this opportunity to provide explanation, insight and detail to your application.

     

    Getting it Write: Conquering College Essays (Workshop Session B)

    Writing a college essay is a daunting process. To be successful, you have to throw away the five-paragraph paradigm and dig deeply into your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. This workshop will outline what colleges are looking for, provide exercises designed to identify and develop topics, and deliver the do's and don'ts of a stellar college essay.

     

    Acing the College Interview (Workshop Session A)

    The college interview is the most personal aspect of the entire admissions process – it provides the applicant an opportunity to rise above lists of activities, test scores and the transcript. Many highly selective private universities and small liberal arts colleges provide applicants an opportunity to interview. The key to ensuring that the interview tips the admissions decision in your favor is mostly about preparation. In this session, attendees will learn what to expect during an interview, how to easily prepare to answer any question that is thrown at them and also how to become the interviewer in order to discover if a college is the best match. 

     

    Let's Get Personal - How to Write a Stand-Out College Essay (Workshop Session C)

    For many seniors, writing the college essay is the most intimidating step in the college admissions process, but it doesn’t have to be. The trick is to do two things. One, learn how to brainstorm ideas that not everyone else is writing about. Two, forget everything you were taught in school about writing. Okay, maybe not everything, but to write an essay that stands out from the crowd requires a style of writing that is not academic in nature. In this session, you will learn about how to choose a topic and then combine compelling storytelling and self-reflection to create a winner.

     

    Registration is OPEN 

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    College Sunday is just around the corner (October 13, 2019) and we need volunteers to make this wonderful event available to our students and their families.  
     
     
    The College Sunday committee is seeking volunteers to help in the preparation prior to the October 13th event and volunteers to help on the day of the event.   Help by coordinating the handouts and participant packets, picking up Starbucks and donuts, create and hang signs and more!  For more info, call/text Christan at 916-595-8245. 
     
     
    We have all kinds of jobs - big and small - and whatever time you can contribute will be much appreciated.  
     
    THANK YOU IN ADVANCE ! 
     
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