Westview Counseling

April 2016

Spring Cleaning

The flowers are blooming, the grass is green, and the sun is out - SPRING IS HERE!

Spring is a great time to do some cleaning around the house and get ready for a fun and relaxing summer vacation. This is also a good opportunity to clean out that messy backpack and binder(s) and get re-organized to help finish the academic year off strong. Turning in homework can be difficult if you cannot find it in the cascades of papers you have exploding from your school bag. Click HERE to get some tips on getting and staying organized this spring.

Upcoming Events

Financial Aid Presentation

Tuesday, April 19th, 6pm

13500 Camino Del Sur

San Diego, CA

We would like to invite all current 10th and 11th grade families to attend a Financial Aid Presentation in the Westview Theater. The HEFAR Group will be sharing about upcoming changes to the financial aid process that will effect the class of 2017 and beyond.

San Diego National College Fair

Wednesday, April 20th, 6-8:30pm

111 West Harbor Drive

San Diego, CA

Exploring Ocean STEM Careers

Wednesday, April 27th, 6-8:30pm

2300 Expedition Way

La Jolla, CA

There is so much more to oceanography than you might think! Meet scientists and professionals from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Birch Aquarium who are involved in a diverse array of careers. Gain valuable resources while learning more about ocean-related STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) professions. Open to students in grades 6-12. Ages 15 and under must be accompanied by a paid adult.

Public: $12 per person
Members: $10 per person

Click HERE for more information

8 of the Best Colleges

Tuesday, May 17th, 7pm

8757 Rio San Diego Drive

San Diego, CA

Click HERE for details

Upcoming College Visits @ Westview

Marymount Manhattan College

Anthony Rooney

Thu April 21, 2016

10:30 AM

Vanderbilt University

Samantha Joustra

Thu April 21, 2016

12:30 PM

Student Opportunity to Participate in Westview Lip Dub!

Westview Newscast and ASB are producing our school's very first (drum roll please...) Westview Lip Dub!

This video is going to be a school wide collaboration during school hours (lunch, WV Time) featuring staff, clubs, athletics, electives and more, to promote Westview and Wolverine spirit. However, in order for this to happen we need your support and participation.

Here is an example of what we plan to do: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVhrEHsnJt8

The deadline to notify us of your participation is Friday, April 29th.

When is this going to happen?

· Mark your calendars for the WEEK OF MAY 16th during LUNCH

Why should you participate?

· It is NOT TIME-CONSUMING at all (All you need to do is SHOW UP)

· It's the perfect opportunity for PUBLICITY and FUN for your elective, club or sport

· It proudly displays our WOLVERINE PRIDE on campus (outside of the Blackhole)


· These videos GO VIRAL!

What you need to do?

· Sign up on the spreadsheet below:


· Recruit members of any club, sport or elective you are a part of

NOTE: Whoever recruits the most participants out of the school's clubs and electives will be given the chance to showcase a charity or non-profit organization of your choice with a promotion at the end of the video and in the description box encouraging viewers to donate to your cause.

For questions or more information please do not hesitate to contact Catheryn Mallari at catheryn.mallari@gmail.com.

Special Announcement: UC is revamping the personal statement section of the admission application

After almost 10 years, UC is changing the personal statement section of its undergraduate admissions application, replacing the current two personal statement prompts with short-answer questions that students can choose from. The new questions, now called personal insight questions, aim to give applicants a greater say in the kind of information they share with the University. Students can express who they are and what matters to them not only in how they respond to the questions, but also through the questions they choose to answer.

The new questions also provide students with better direction and focus on topics that are important to campuses. Each new question aligns to one or more of the14 comprehensive review criteria (nine criteria for transfer students) that campuses consider in their admissions decisions. “We hope this new format will not only provide us with additional insight into applicants, but also allow students to better choose the questions that speak to them most directly,” stated a UC admissions director.

Here are some important points about the personal insight questions:

  • Freshman applicants will now choose four out of eight questions to answer.
  • Transfer applicants will answer one required question in addition to three out of seven additional questions.
  • Each response is limited to a maximum of 350 words.
  • All questions will have equal value in the admissions selection process. For applicants, there is no advantage or disadvantage to choosing certain questions over others.
  • The new questions will be included in the fall 2017 application which will be available Aug. 1, 2016.

Our intent in announcing these changes now is to give you and your students time to familiarize yourselves with the new questions. We’ve posted guidance for students on our systemwide admissions website, as well as FAQs for counselors. We will develop more resources and materials throughout the spring and into the summer — including recorded webinars for counselors and students, and a presentation at the UC Counselor Conferences — and keep you apprised of updates in our Counselors and Advisers Bulletin

Click here for FAQ's
View the personal insight questions
View the freshman guidance worksheet

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