College & Career Center Newsletter

May 28, 2021 Edition 18

Rene Klaus - College & Career Specialist

Make an appointment with Mrs. Klaus at: to talk about current college applications, future college / career planning, resources available to our students, or just to hang out. I look forward to meeting you all and helping in anyway I can.


We've made it to the end of this 2020-21 crazy school year! The only thing consistent was that nothing was consistent. The county rules were changing and we did our best to adapt. Congrats to everyone for hanging in there and making it through! Hopefully we can start the 2021-22 school year with something resembling a normal year, although we still don't know exactly what that looks like. Every group had their own challenges: students, teachers, parents, administrators and all support services. Remember that EVERYONE was challenged this year and blaming others doesn't make anything better. We have to remember to contribute where we can to make the best of the situation and give grace to others. It's exciting that we were able to have some sports, a prom, a homecoming, and soon a graduation. Freshmen were able to come to campus (even though their "first day of school on campus" wasn't until April. It was great to see students and teachers back on campus.

Inspite of all of this, the College and Career Center was able to have many virtual events and most of them seemed to be fairly well attended inspite of "zoom fatigue." Hopefully we will have a mix of events (in person and zoom) in the coming school year. I feel that this virtual environment allowed us to learn more about colleges that would normally not have the funds to do in person college visits so we will be continuing with some virtual visits. Seniors have been admitted to college and many plan to go off to live on campus in the fall. How exciting! I'm so proud of these seniors for perservering and finding their fit. I'm also equally proud of the seniors jumping into employment and other career training routes. Remember, there is something for everyone out there. You just have to find it. Now it's time for the Juniors (rising Seniors) to start thinking about the future. I can't wait to work with the class of 2022! Check out the opportunities for summer enrichment below. I wish everyone a HAPPY SUMMER!

Upcoming events

Job Fair June 15th 10am-3pm

The Campbell Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Job Fair at

Orchard City Banquet Hall

1 Campbell Ave., Campbell

It's FREE to attend for all job seekers High School and above. Local businesses hiring for a variety of positions and shifts. See the FLYER for details.

Seniors: Have you filled out your FAFSA or CADAA yet?

If you need help you can signup for one of these workshops and get your questions answered.

Cash for College Workshops

Grade Level Specific Information


I know it's busy time of year for Seniors. Some have AP testing, sports are going strong now, and many of you may be doubting your choice for college or are avoiding the question "What are you doing after graduation?" It seems like this is the time where you hit the fork in the road and have to know exactly what your future is. Well, whatever you choose right now is not set in stone. Career pathways are often very windey and no two people take the same path. Don't compare yourself to anyone else. Pick a path that looks promising, do your best and see where it takes you. If you learn something along the way that makes you question your choice, then make a change but don't change just because it's hard. Everything is going to be hard from now on so just keep that in mind. Always remember to keep learning new things.


It seems that many of the colleges will be Test- Optional or Test Blind in the Fall 2021 application season for Fall 2022 admissions. That makes it all the more important to have some really stellar personal statements, college essays, and responses to the UC's Personal Insight Questions. These can help you stand out among the tons of applications. I strongly encourage to begin writing your personal statement and essays this summer. You can still register for the

FREE Essay Writing Workshop with the College Essay Guy: This is a GREAT opportunity and there are many options for these workshops. I recommend signing up for the June Boot Camp to get started on your Personal Statement over the summer. This will make your Senior year so much less stressful. And, if you are planning to apply to any UCs, you should take the UC Personal Insight Question Crash Course (June 12 & 13). Sign below for these.

Register for these at:

It's also important to have some good extra-curricular activities or Community Service activities. Try to find something that you really are passionate about. Just helping out for an hour here or there at random events that aren't connected won't make a meaningful paragraph in an applicaiton. Think about where you really want to make a difference and help out in that area. Research online for opportunities in your community or remotely. Then get started; take action and make something happen. You'll find some purpose and that in itself will fuel passion to write about. Also, remember to log these activities in Naviance in your Brag Sheet so your Recommenders will know what you've done. Here are the directions for working on your Brag Sheet (another good thing to do this summer).

Another thing you do is some virtual college tours or maybe even some in person tours. Research some colleges that have what you are looking for and add them to your Colleges I'm Thinking About List in Naviance.

The College Application workshop series is completed so if you missed it and want to watch the recordings and access the slides, you can find them on the Student Services Hub in Canvas under College & Career -> Planning for College (Underclassmen).

The 3 part series is:

  • Making a College List

  • Determining Application Requirements

  • Brainstorming to Present your Best Self in Personal Statements


If you are planning to study for the SAT or ACT using the Collegeboard and / or Khan Academy resources from the last newsletter, you might also try a Proctored, Live Online Practice Test. These are free as well and give you some comraderee with others doing the same thing. Saturday, May 29th 8:30am-11:45am there is one of these being offered. You can register at this Eventbrite link. You will be given access to create a free score reporting with a gap-analysis report.

But there is more to life that studying for the SAT and hopefully you try some other fun activities this summer.


Summer is almost upon us and you are probably looking forward to doing something fun. Look around for some community activities you can get involved with that sound interesting to you. Try checking out the local community centers and perhaps you could volunteer for events they might be having this summer. Check out the volunteer opportunities below at STEMPower.


2020-2021 Scholarships Spreadsheet

See this scholarship spreadsheet for a complete list of scholarships. Read below for a few spotlighted scholarships due soon.

AP insights

AP Testing Online June

Digital at Home Exams

If you missed the AP Exam Information Meeting on May 5th or 6th you can watch the recording here and get the presentation slides here.

If you missed an in person exam and / or are taking a digital at home exam, these are offered June 3-10th.

Klaus's Kernels

Cal Appenticeship Programs - Earn while you learn! Did you know that the starting wage for an apprentice sheet metal worker is $27.62 per hour not including all medical benefits? Total compensation with benefits is $53.94 per hour. That apprentice is guaranteed a wage increase every 6 months. After 5 years of training they would become a Journeyman making $64.06 per hour with a totalk compensation package of $110.89 per hour. You can find out more about all types of trades at:

opportunities / Jobs / Volunteering

PilotCity Internship Hackathon May 28th 3:30pm - May 30th 11:30pm

Join us to build your project and apply for a summer internship. If you have started an internship, join us to finish it up and auto apply for an internship. If you haven't started, join us, get started and finish in one weekend. Browse employers, find an interesting problem to solve and start your project. Watch this video to find out how to register for the hackathon: Video Invite

STEM Power Needs Volunteers

STEMpower is a volunteer organization based in the Bay Area that works with WiSTEM, a club focused on empowering underrepresented students in high school to pursue STEM. Our goal is to inspire the next generation of creative thinkers to be interested in STEM fields through hands-on and engaging workshops.

We are hosting 2021 virtual STEM workshops for elementary school students and we need more help! We have opened a volunteer application for ALL high-schoolers (freshman and above).

After filling out this application, STEMpower will reach out to you within a week about scheduling a 15-minute interview. We will be accepting volunteers on a rolling basis. If you are unable to participate or register but would still like to in the future, feel free to apply anytime as we may reach out to strong applicants when in need of volunteers.

Here are our open volunteer positions:

Social Media Managers

Workshop Facilitators

Curriculum Designers

Content Creators

See this LINK for volunteer position descriptions and application.

Valley Water Youth Commission Applications Due June 18th

Valley Water is accepting applications for a vacant seat on our Youth Commission in our District 1, 2, 5, 6 and 7 area. The Youth Commission is made up of 21 high school students (3 from each Valley Water board district) around Santa Clara County and is a great leadership opportunity for students to engage and learn more about local water issues impacting young people today and into the future. Check out the FLYER.


  • High School Youth (Ages 13 - 18)
  • A resident of Santa Clara County – residing in District 1, 2, 5, 6 and 7)
    • To find out which district you reside in, please visit, scroll to the Valley Water in Your Area section map and input your home address in the Near Me search window provided.
  • Able to commit 5 hours per month
  • Available to attend meetings/learning opportunities during the evening (afterschool hours)

For questions or more info email:

College Spotlight

Marist University

Marist College is a comprehensive, independent institution grounded in the liberal arts. Marist educates approximately 5,000 traditional-age undergraduate students and 1,400 adult and graduate students in 90 undergraduate majors, minors, and concentrations and numerous graduate programs, including fully online MBA, MPA, MS, and MA degrees. Marist College overlooks the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Students often benefit from the school's special partnership with the multinational technology corporation IBM. For decades, the IBM staff has worked with Marist students and faculty to brainstorm and try innovative technologies. One product that has come from this relationship is the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum website developed jointly by Marist and IBM. Students interested in polls, politics and the press can take part in courses, internships, and polling through the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion's Marist Poll, a survey research center.

Marist is home to state-of-the-art facilities that allow students to gain practical hands-on experience in the field they are in. In 2019, Marist installed an ESPN Teaching Control Room, where students can produce Marist Athletics to ESPN3 and ESPN+. This advancement along with Marist Fashion’s student-run Mporium boutique, the top of the line Investment Center, and many more provide students the opportunity to gain practical, valuable experience that complements their professional goals. To get involved on campus, students can choose from more than 80 clubs and student organizations, including Greek life and student government. Student-athletes can join intramural and club sports, as well as the more than 20 Marist Red Foxes varsity teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Quick Stats:

Undergraduate enrollment: 5670

Graduate enrollment: 1400

Student to Faculty ratio: 16:1

Average Classroom Size: 20

Acceptance rate: 46%

Full tuition, fees, and annual room and board: $53,325

Students Living on Campus: 69%

Students of color: 26%

Student retention rate: 87%

Top areas of Study:

  • Business, Management, Marketing

  • Communication, Journalism and Related Programs

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Computer and Information Sciences

  • Psychology

want more?

If you are hungering for more information, here is a link to the Prospect College and Career Center Newsletter which has everything you would ever want to know and more. Mrs. Bencomo does a great job with her newsletter so check it out. It is full of resources and links to opportunities that are applicable to all students, not just Prospect students. Go to:


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