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College Counseling @ NIST

Steps to Life after NIST

For Year 10-13 Students

Who we are
Mr. Joachim (Kim) Ekstrom
Year 12-13 Comprehensive Ext. 353

Ms. Brenda Manfredi
Year 12-13 Comprehensive Ext. 204

Jacquelyn Valenzuela
Year 10-11 Social/Emotional/Academic Ext. 205

Khun Thongkorn (Kluay) Panklom Ext. 207

College Counseling Educational Programming Sessions
• In Year 10 and 11, students are encouraged to make connections between what they are learning/doing now at NIST and the world of work In Year 12 and 13 students apply what they know about themselves to the search for an appropriate university/career/major or other post-secondary endeavor. Students consider:

How does the world work? What is my place in the world?







Naviance Engages Students

• Helps students learn more about themselves through a number of tests and instruments • Helps students establish meaningful postsecondary goals • Helps students connect those goals with their coursework and college planning activities • Helps students research universities efficiently and effectively

Resume Builder

Test Scores – SAT

Naviance – Parent Access
• Parents are encouraged to participate in the Naviance Experience • This tool can serve as a way for parents and children to have an open dialogue about post-high school planning • Parent can make suggestions and monitor student planning and help in the research and exploration process

Naviance Engages Parents
• NIST parents are registered on Naviance (limited view) • Provides parents with information regarding: – Workshops – College visits – Emails from counselors – Student Surveys – Students university lists • Parents can research careers, majors, and universities in the same way as their children • Increases communication between students and parents regarding university research and application decisions

Naviance Engages Teachers

• Allows them to upload Letters of Recommendation to students’ files • Gives them access to students’ resumes

Naviance Assists Counselors • Helps us keep track of which universities our students are applying to • Allows us to upload our school documents (teacher/counselor letters of recommendation, transcript, school profile and IB predicted grades) and send 80 % of NIST university applications online • Helps us track how successful students have been in their applications

Naviance Assists Counselors
• Set up milestones for students • Communicate with students and parents • Coordinate communication between students, parents, teachers, university officers • Get information about students
– Personality type, Learning style, career interests and plans

• Overview the application process
– Long list – Short list – Universities applied to/not yet applied to

• Access Statistics and reports

Our Philosophy about College Counseling
1. The university application process begins with learning about oneself – strengths, preferences, passions, skills, gifts/talent.

Students ponder three questions - beginning in Year 10

1. 2. 3. 4.

What do I love? What am I good at? What are my life priorities? How do I best learn?

Our Philosophy about College Counseling
1. The university application process begins with learning about oneself – strengths, preferences, passions, skills, gifts/talent. 1 Learning Style Test in Year 10 2 Personality Tests in Year 11 1 Personality Test in Year 12

Learning Style Inventory
Career Interest Profiler

True Colors

How accurate are these personality tests?

Our Philosophy about College Counseling
2. There is a strong correlation between career satisfaction and life happiness

Students explore majors and careers in Year 11 and 12

Work Experience Program – Year 11
 Provides an opportunity to find out about the activities that make up ‘work’ in all organizations.  Opportunity to meet people doing different jobs and can learn about what is involved in their jobs.  Help you to discover more about your skills, talents and interests.  Useful in helping you determine what you want or don’t want to do in the future.  Give you an indication of what kind of program you want or don’t want to study in university

Our Philosophy about College Counseling
3. Students thrive when they are able to make informed decisions based on self-knowledge, a proactive approach to post-secondary research, and support and guidance from home and school.

Connecting Your Strengths and Interests with College Choice

• Students research 3 universities in depth • Based on the results of the 3 personality tests • Share results with parents and counselor • August-December in Year 12 • 5 hour assignment

Research and Reflect

University Research Exploration Workshops
Every Thursday 2.30-3.30 pm Starting in January after UniQuest Assignment is completed

Research Tools

Students improve their organizational skills
• College application journal • Track their progress with the help of milestones • Compile “Long List” of interesting universities • “Short List” of universities to which they will apply • Access list of visiting universities • Create their resume • Take SAT preparation course

Research Individual Universities

Research Individual Universities

Research Individual Universities

Research Individual Universities

Compare Universities

Short List & Application Tracking

Our Philosophy about College Counseling
4. There are many post-secondary paths available to each student 3-4 year college degrees Vocational school – community college Preparatory courses Gap Year(s) Military Service Working full time Internship experience Starting own business Travel (and work) Deferred applications

Where do NIST students attend University?


49 out of 86 Seniors in the Class of 2012 are attending their 1st choice university
Country USA United Kingdom Thailand Australia Canada Hong Kong Taiwan Korea, South Norway Sweden Finland Switzerland Japan Singapore Military Gap Year Total Attending 32 17 8 7 5 2 2 3 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 86

What about us?

Main Differences in Admissions?
Transcript Year 10 – Year 13 (semester 1) SATI/SATII/ACT Scores IB Assessment Predictions Teacher Recommendations Extra-curricular activities Essay

Main Differences in Admissions?

 Predicted IB Assessment Grades  Personal Statement  Reference  Conditional offer is based on student achieving specific IB results as set by the university

Main Differences in Admissions? Australia
Apply with Predicted Grades or Final IB Results Letter of Recommendation

Main Differences in Admissions? Thailand
•Letter of Recommendation (optional for most faculties) •SAT/CU-AAT/TU-GET •TOEFL/IELTS/CU-TEP •Hardcopy Application with formal photo, family paper, copy of ID card, or Online application for many faculties

Special transcript for Thai Universities
Grading Level NIST High School Courses Yrs 12 and 13 7 6 5 4 3 GPA IB Standard Level Yrs 12 and 13 GPA IB Higher Level Yrs 12 and 13 7 6 5 4 3 GPA

Excellent Very Good Good Satisfactory Needs Improvement

4.00 3.75 3.50 2.75 2.00

7 6 5 4 3

4.25 4.00 3.75 3.00 2.25

4.50 4.25 4.00 3.25 2.50

Weak Very Weak No Grade Awarded

2 1 N

1.00 0 0

2 1 N

1.25 0 0

2 1 N

1.50 0 0

We recommend that students take TOEFL or IELTS If their passport doesn’t say “made in UK, US, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand”

Parent Information Sessions
• • • Year 12 in August Year 13 in August Counselors provide guidance and reassurance through private meetings, phone calls and by e-mail Counselors also copy parents on all university counseling messages to students

Post-UniQuest Meeting
• 45-minute individual meeting with the counselor • Discuss the research methods • Discuss the research findings and how it matches personal preferences • Discuss the next steps

Three-Way Conferences
• • • • During the months of April-May Meeting with Year 12 student and parents Discuss the Long List of Universities Discuss factors that may impact certain choices • Review Questionnaire

How do the universities view the IB Program
• • • • Diploma/Certificate/NIST High School Diploma EE TOK CAS

What about Scholarships?
Merit Special Talent (Athletic, Art, Music, Service….) Are international students eligible?

University Visits
• • • • • • • • • • 280 total University visits to NIST last school year Australian University Fair at NIST CIS US College Fair at NIST – 29 universities Linden Tours US College Fair at NIST -28 universities AEO Tour US University Fair at NIST -19 universities Thai University Fair at NIST – 20 universities OCSC University Fair at Paragon – 150 universities US College Fair at Landmark Hotel 50 universities Japanese University Fair – Asia Hotel, Bangkok Australian University Fair at Queen Sirikit Center

SAT Prep Program at NIST
Top Scholars will be offering a comprehensive SAT preparation program beginning in Semester 2 of Year 11 and ending in October of Year 13 The program consist of 3 main courses Pre-SAT, SAT and Advanced SAT as well as Mock SAT exams and Vocabulary training
These courses are strategically planned to occur between key PSAT and SAT dates throughout the 2-year program For more information please contact Ms. Brenda

NIST Organized College Tours

U of Washington

UC Berkeley

UCLA U of Southern California

U of San Francisco UC Davis Stanford U U of San Diego


Loyola U of Oregon Marymount U

Seattle U

Pepperdine U

UC San Diego

UK: February 24 - March 2
(February Break)

Registration Deadline: October 24

USA: March 31 - April 7

Registration Deadline: November 30

Advice from Year 13 Parent (2012): A college visit, though costly, is very useful and we can visualize the real college life at that particular campus easily.

How to prepare in the next 2-4 years

Email invite to all Year 10, 11 and 12 Students and Parents coming soon!

Tuesday, October 9 – 6:30 – 8:30

College Counseling News
Last Thursday of every month throughout Year 12 and 13

Who we are
Mr. Joachim (Kim) Ekstrom
Year 12-13 Comprehensive Ext. 353

Ms. Brenda Manfredi
Year 12-13 Comprehensive Ext. 204

Jacquelyn Valenzuela
Year 10-11 Social/Emotional/Academic Ext. 205

Khun Thongkorn (Kluay) Panklom Ext. 207