Counselors' Corner 10/24/2014
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The Counselors' Corner is a series of
articles that are written by the guidance department to keep our families informed about a variety of things that are important to your daughters. Since we work with all of our students, the entire department is responsible for contributing articles from time to time. We try to keep our articles brief and timely. These articles also appear in the weekly Tiger Tracks sent to parents each Friday.

Counselors' Corner 10/24/2014

Transcript and Letter of Recommendation Submission Process

We have discovered that many of you have questions regarding exactly when transcripts and letters of recommendation are submitted for your daughters’ applications. We wanted to provide some information so that when your daughter receives email reminders from the colleges or look up status pages they are not alarmed.

If your daughter is applying to a school that requires only a transcript from the high school those are usually submitted from our office within a week of the date requested. However, if your daughter is applying to a school that requires a transcript and letter(s) of recommendation, we package and send those to the schools together. We will send all required materials before the deadline and letters of recommendation are due in our office at least a week in advance of the deadlines. If an application has a deadline of November 1st and requires a transcript and letter(s) of recommendation, those materials will be sent together by the deadline, regardless of when your daughter made the request.

We want to emphasize that our teachers have graciously joined us in the letter writing process, spending quality time on creating a letter that best highlights your daughter’s classroom accomplishments. They also are managing faculty responsibilities that include teaching your daughters, grading, and balancing the rest of their schedules. Many of our teachers are writing upwards of 25 letters of recommendation in their spare time. Please be patient and trust that we will submit all required materials before the deadline!

Your daughter is responsible for making sure that she has submitted her application and test scores (directly from the testing agency) prior to her deadlines.  The College Counseling Department is responsible for the profile, transcript and supporting letters of recommendation.

Please let us know if you have any questions about the process.

Acing Campus Visits

Visiting potential colleges is one of the most important steps that your daughter can take. Just like you wouldn’t buy a car without going for a test drive, you would be amazed at what you can learn about a school in just a few hours. So, to help you get started, here are some tips to make the most of your daughter’s visits:

1. Start by visiting one type of each college your daughter is considering. For instance, if she is not sure whether she would like a smaller or larger college, visit a couple of schools that are close by that represent each type, like a large public school and then a smaller private school. Don’t write a school off before your daughter has done her research, she might be surprised that she LIKES that all women’s college.

2. Have your daughter meet with her counselor if she has no idea what types of schools she is interested in. Texas has a large number of universities with many different types being in the same geographical region that she can explore in the same trip. Also, make sure that the schools she is considering actually have the major she is interested in if she knows.

3. Schedule her visit when school is in session. It is very important to see not only what the campus looks like, but what the students and faculty are like as well. We want to make sure that she feels like she ‘belongs’ once she is there, so we want you to see the student body and not just a bunch of buildings. It is also smart to check out the Chamber of Commerce websites and community calendars to find out what else goes on around campus.

4. Make an appointment to take a tour and if possible schedule a meeting with the academic college and/or department she is interested in. It’s important for her to feel comfortable on the campus as well like the professors she will be learning from! If it is not possible to meet with the department ask about meeting with student ambassadors who will know what the academic programs are like.

5. Once she’s learned some of the main features of the school through an info session and tour, the best way to see the campus is by wandering around on your own for a while. This will give you and your daughter a chance to see what everything is really like.

6. Get a soda or coffee in one of the student lounges. While you’re at it, get something to eat as well. She might as well find out what the food is like now. Some schools are known for having 5 star cuisines, while others tout their local restaurants. Find out if the community accepts on campus “dollars” at off campus locations.

7. Check out the library, computer lab, gym, and laundry. Even though this isn’t directly related to what she’ll be studying and her major, she’ll be spending plenty of time at all of these areas, so be sure to take a look at them as well.

In a perfect world you and your daughter would be able to visit every campus she is interested in or ends up applying to. That’s not possible, but that doesn’t mean all hope is gone. Look at campus websites for video tours and the campus calendar to find out what events occur throughout the year.

October is ADHD Awareness of Month! 

Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, commonly known as ADHD, is a neurological condition which can manifest itself in a variety of symptoms, mainly in the areas of impulse control and/or executive function. ADHD is subdivided into three types – Inattentive Type, Hyperactive/Impulsive Type, and Combined Type.  While there is no test for ADHD, it can be diagnosed through behavior ratings and symptom checklists.

Frequently, the female population is not diagnosed until much later than the male population because females often are diagnosed with ADHD – Inattentive Type. It is not until the student encounters the more challenging requirements of navigating the system in high school, or even at times, college, that a proper diagnosis can be determined. Common symptoms of ADHD - Inattentive type can include being forgetful or easily distracted, losing items frequently, having poor organizational skills, making careless mistakes, appearing not to listen, and difficulty in following directions and sustaining attention. While there is no cure for ADHD, the symptoms of the disorder can be managed with behavioral therapy and/or medication.

It is important for a student coping with ADHD to gain a better understanding of how the disorder affects her and how she can best deal with her symptoms. Along with therapeutic and pharmacological interventions, learning compensatory strategies and being consistent with scheduling and planning are key to becoming the most successful student possible. More information about ADHD awareness month can be found here.

Myths about ADHD



 Poor parenting causes ADHD.  ADHD is neurological and often genetic.
 If you have one child with ADHD, all of your children will have it.  Not all children in the same family have ADHD.
 ADHD is not a disability.  ADHD is a recognized disability in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
 Medication is the only treatment for ADHD.  Medication is only one treatment option.
 Teachers want inattentive girls on medication.  Teachers want their students to give their best effort.
 If a girl is not hyperactive, then she doesn’t have ADHD.  Girls who are inattentive but not hyperactive can have ADHD.
 A girl who can focus for long periods of time on an interest cannot have ADHD.  Girls with ADHD can focus on highly interesting and engaging topics.
 A girl with good grades can’t have ADHD.  A girl’s grades don’t indicate need and girls with good grades can and do have ADHD.
 Only a psychiatrist can diagnose ADHD.  Pediatricians, psychologists, neurologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health and medical personnel all diagnose ADHD.
 Psychologists prescribe medication.  Only medical doctors such as pediatricians, neurologists, and psychiatrists, or nurse practitioners prescribe medication.
 An equal number of boys and girls are diagnosed with ADHD.  In childhood, more boys than girls are diagnosed with ADHD but by adulthood the ratio is 1: 1.
 Most of the behavior of girls with ADHD is willful.  Girls with ADHD are not always able to behave consistently, independently, and predictably.
 ADHD is a societal fad and will go away.  ADHD has been recognized since the mid-1800s but has been called by different names.
  ADHD and ADD are the same thing.  ADHD is an umbrella term that is used in the DSM-5 criteria in place of ADD, a term found in previous DSM editions.

Chart Sourced from:
Richey, Mary Anne; Forgan, James W. (2014-03-01). Raising Girls with ADHD: Secrets for Parenting Healthy, Happy Daughters (p. 12).

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