College Counseling Summer Send-Off

For Underclassmen from Ms. Campbell, College Counselor

Hello Summer!

It may seem that high school graduation is a long way off but ask any senior who just made the trek, and they will tell you how quickly it all goes by. Summer is a great time to work on many things regarding your post-secondary plans so check out some ideas below!

Know that I am here to help you through this process. I am a 10 month employee so I do not work during the summer but I will be back on duty at the end of August. If you need urgent assistance, you may contact Mr. Ferenschak, Department Chair at over the summer.

Also, if you have not already, be sure to join the College Counseling Schoology Group. It is the main way that I will be communicating with you regarding college, scholarships, internships, etc.

Perry Hall High School Join Code: 9BXF-ZC87-VV3SM

I wish you all a wonderful, restful and safe summer and I look forward to working with you in the fall!

Stephanie Campbell, PHHS College & Career Counselor

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What should Underclassmen be doing now to prepare for college?

-Start Researching Colleges! You will eventually want a balanced list with a mix of public and private schools that cover the gamut of reach, target and safety schools. But don't worry too much about creating a firm list right now, just explore! There are tons of great college search sites listed below that make looking for a school fun! See below for search sites!

-Get involved! Summer is a great time to work on adding to your resume/activity list that every college will ask for. Get involved in your community by volunteering at local animal shelters, food pantries, or nursing homes. Keep a list of whatever you do both in and outside of school, giving a brief description and the dates of service. This will be crucial when it is time to apply to college as every college asks! Think about a club or activity you may want to get involved in next fall as well. See this link for a resume template:

- GO VISIT!!!! It's not too early to start visiting colleges and there is nothing that compares to stepping foot on a college campus and seeing for yourself what it is like and if it "feels right" to you. See below for tips on visitation. Check out the College Search and Application Spreadsheet that you can use to keep track of all of your potential schools, below!

-If an in-person visit is just not possible, go to the college's website and do their virtual tour. It's the next best thing.

-Practice for the SAT. Log in to your College Board account and use the free service, Khan Academy. This service works with your PSAT scores to create individualized practice for you. You can even set a regular schedule of practice. Recent studies suggest that practicing on Khan Academy for 20 hours increased students' scores by 115 points. That is substantial.

-Another option? The Answer Class! SAT/ACT Prep Info

Virtual SAT and ACT prep classes will be held this summer for fees that will not break the bank! $149 for an 8 hour course, combo SAT and ACT $249


-Begin looking for and applying to scholarships. IT IS NOT TOO EARLY!!! College is expensive and most of us need all of the help we can get. See the financial resources sheet below for links to legit websites. Remember, you should NEVER pay for a scholarship search!!! That is a scam so don't even bother. The Golden Rule here - You should never pay money to get money.

-Speaking of finances, if you and your family have not already had a discussion about money for college, please do so as soon as possible! It is often too late for many students to try and figure out how to pay for college when they receive their financial aid packages in the spring of their senior year! Know how much you have and how much you may need to finance so that you can make realistic decisions.

-Clean up your social media! This is a good time to clean up your social media profiles. If you have any questionable photos or language, delete them now before you start your college search in earnest.

Searching for Colleges? Try these search sites...

-Open a Chrome browser tab while logged in to your BCPS Google credentials. Go to Log in as a student via "Clever". You will not need a separate username and password. Go to the "College" tab, then "Find My Fit" and then "Supermatch". This service contains filters that you can put in as much info or as little as you want and Naviance will create a list for you of colleges across North America that match what you're looking for.

-College Board Big Future: Learn about and compare colleges

-Collegevine: Provides college search and also great information on financial aid, scholarship searches and essay writing.

-Niche: Great website that "grades" colleges based on college student reviews:

-Colleges that Change Lives: Based on the book by Lauren Pope, this website features schools that in their words have, "Personalized, student-centered experiences [are] at the heart of every Colleges That Change Lives education. While the CTCL member schools all share that mission, they are otherwise very distinctive from one another."

-The Princeton Review: A long-trusted resource for students published yearly.

-CollegeXpress: A unique college search site that allows you to search for schools by major, activities, state, and more!

-Campus Reel: Using videos, CampusReel's student-driven video content puts students at the forefront of their college communities to build trust, connection and engagement in the digital world.

-College Scorecard: An excellent resource from the USDE to analyze test scores, fields of study, cost, etc. of any college.

Upcoming Events for 2022-23. Save the Dates!

Perry Hall High School College Fair

Thursday, Sep. 29th, 6:30-8pm

4601 Ebenezer Road

Nottingham, MD

The College Fair is back in person! Featuring many in-state and out-of-state public and private schools. Students and families from PHHS and any BCPS high school, are invited to visit with colleges, get to know their programs, and meet admissions representatives.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Junior Family College Night

Thursday, Feb. 16th 2023 at 6:30-8pm

4601 Ebenezer Road

Nottingham, MD

This event is targeted at Junior students and their families to help prepare for the college application cycle which opens in the summer between Junior and Senior years. Information on testing, essay writing, letters of recommendation, types of applications, etc. will be covered!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Freshman/Sophomore Family College Night

Thursday, March 16th 2023 at 6:30-8pm

4601 Ebenezer Road

Nottingham, MD

This event is targeted toward 9th and 10th grade students and families. We will cover an overview of the college application cycle, what underclassmen can be doing now to prepare for college, and also collegiate sports and eligibility.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Ms. Stephanie Campbell

College and Career Counselor at Perry Hall High School