Counselors' Corner 09/19/2014
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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 09/19/2014

Junior Parent Information Night Re-Cap

The College Counselors hosted a wonderful, and well attended, Junior Parent Information Night this past Wednesday!  We began discussing the college process as well as the admission test options for our junior students. Thank you so much to those parents who attended our meeting.  We hope you found it to be a very informative evening and had a lot of your questions answered!  If you were unable to make it, we have uploaded the presentation on the counseling website.

Junior Parents: Mock PSAT Follow-up Session

If your daughter is taking the Mock PSAT at St. Agnes on Saturday, September 20th, you are invited to a follow-up session on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm in the Fleming Room located in the Clay Center for Science and Academic Services.  At this time, you may pick up her results and learn more about testing and prepping.  Junior students should accompany their parents to this event.

Senior Parents: College Counseling Update

It has been a busy and exciting year so far for the class of 2015!

We enjoyed visiting with you at our Senior Coffee with the Counselors, our UT/A&M update, and our Senior Parent Night! We are wrapping up our first one-on-one college counseling meetings with your daughters and just wanted to give you a “run down” of all the opportunities we have offered them so far this year:

Essay Workshops – hosted by our English department
Resume Workshops – hosted by the College Counselors
Two day Senior Group Guidance through their English classes
Texas A&M transcript request sessions
Apply Texas and Common Application Workshops
Interviewing Workshop – facilitated by Kyle Cortley of Rice University
Strategies for Financing College – facilitated by Nathan Birney of Ameriprise
Individual College Counseling Meetings

The essay and resume workshops allowed us to help the seniors with these two elements of the application.  We will review and edit all of these documents before your daughters submit them to colleges.  All they need to do is ask us.  We have sent all transcripts that were requested to Texas A&M and will continue to send any additional requests by our students.  Our September 11th Apply Texas and Common Application workshops were well attended and we will continue to work individually with all of our students on all of their applications.  We ask our students that are applying to Texas A&M to finish the Apply Texas and have it submitted by October 1st as the university does begin to accept students on a “rolling” basis if they fit the criteria for acceptance.

We have also had many college admissions representatives on campus meeting with your daughters! We will continue to host the rep visits for the next several weeks.  Please encourage your daughters to keep checking the list of up-coming visits and to take advantage of these opportunities!

Healthy Parenting

Parenting is one of the most, if not the most, time consuming and thought provoking life tasks. It can be a rollercoaster, fun but scary at times. Fun because having children gives us opportunities to be a child again—to catch butterflies, to plan elaborate costumes for parades, and to pick out that perfect outfit for a dance. And scary, because it is as hard to know when and how to discipline as it is to know when and how to let go and allow our daughters to have more freedom, to take chances, and to make mistakes.
At St. Agnes, we are here for you during your parenting journey. We are well acquainted with the challenges you face while trying to raise young women who are capable of fully embracing life. To help support you, the wellness counselors will be hosting “Healthy Parenting: The Imperfect Way,” a combined 9th and 10th grade parent night at 6:30 pm on November 12th.

We will be discussing the challenges of parenting and the idea that there is no “one size fits all” approach to childrearing. Thus, healthy parenting looks different for each family and may be different for individual children within a family. Healthy parenting is about vulnerability; it involves making mistakes, taking chances, and admitting and celebrating both failure and success as a learning experience.

Study Skills

As students transition into high school, and through each grade level, they begin to formulate study skills which can determine how successful they will be in navigating the high school curriculum and eventually college classes.  These study skills, also called “soft skills” in the workplace, are often noted as the top skills prospective employers covet.

Generally speaking, study skills, or soft skills, are items such as:

  • Reading comprehension 
  • Critical thinking
  • Active learning
  • Organization
  • Attention to detail
  • Written expression
  • Time management
  • Active listening
  • Learning strategies
  • Independence

More specifically, in the classroom setting, study skills include:

  • Effective listening during lectures
  • Productive note-taking skills for lecture and textbooks
  • Active learning techniques
  • Time management and scheduling
  • Test preparation strategies
  • Memory and concentration enhancers
  • Handling stress and anxiety
  • Studying by learning style (visual, auditory, kinesthetic)

All of the above skills are critical for becoming an accomplished student, worker and citizen. Developing these skills sometimes comes more easily to some than others and help in improving study skills is available to a student who is willing to challenge herself.  Any student who needs assistance with one or more of the above areas is welcome to set up an appointment to meet with Ms. Lisa Crank in the Academic Services Center.  Strong study habits combined with active learning can help create an individual who can be successful within, as well as beyond the school walls.

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