Counselors' Corner 04/25/2014
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Counselors' Corner

The Counselor's 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 04/25/2014

Junior Parents - Essay Prompts for the Common Application and Apply Texas for 2014-2015

The following are the Instructions and prompts for the Common Application.

Instructions.  The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice.  What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades and test scores?  Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, suing the prompt to inspire and structure your response.  Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal.  Use the full range if you need it, but don’t feel obligated to do so.  (The application won’t accept a response shorter than 250 words.)

1. Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it.  If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

2. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure.  How did this affect you, and what lessons did you learn?

3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea.  What prompted you to act?  Would you make the same decision again?

4. Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content.  What do you experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?

5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

The Apply Texas Essay Prompts A, B, and C are as follows:

Essay A:  Describe a setting in which you have collaborated or interacted with people whose experiences and/or beliefs differ from yours.  Address your initial feelings, and how those feelings were or were not changed by this experience.

Essay B:  Describe a circumstance, obstacle or conflict in your life, and the skills and resources you used to resolve it.  Did it change you?  If so, how?

Essay C:  Considering your lifetime goals, discuss how your current and future academic and extra-curricular activities might help you achieve your goals.

Sophomore Parents - Sophomores Explore What It Means to be a Friend

Last Thursday, Ms. Sieck and Ms. Luna met with the sophomores during their English classes.  The discussion centered on a popular topic for adolescent females, the topic of friends and friendship.  We know that the high school years are filled with new friendships, the challenge of maintaining and managing old friendships, and starting to understand what it means to be a good friend.  In light of this, we thought it would be meaningful and timely to share part of The Daring Way™ curriculum based on Dr. Brené Brown’s research on shame and vulnerability.  Ms. Luna and Ms. Sieck had the great opportunity to be trained in facilitating the curriculum this past February and were excited about the growth and learning possibilities for your daughters.  We shared one of Dr. Brown’s videos and presented some analogies and exploration questions which prompted great discussion among the girls.  The results have been thought provoking for our students as we have heard from many of them that they have used this information to really consider how to navigate their friendships and the greater high school social scene!  We look forward to further opportunities to share additional parts of this curriculum with our students.

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