Counseling Department Newsletter

December 2022

In This Issue...

  • Upcoming Events
  • Winter Break
  • QCC and MWCC Instant Decision Days
  • NHS Tutoring
  • Regular Decision College Checklist
  • Transcript Request Form
  • Preparing for Mid-Term Exams
  • Mental Health

Upcoming Events


  • December 14th-December 16th: Instant Decision Day with Mount Wachusett Community College and Quinsigamond Community College. Check out the information below!


  • December 12th - December 16th: Counselors will be giving presentations during Health classes, Naviance Career Interest Profiler, Wachusett Partnership Program Overview, Graduation Requirements, and Scheduling.

Winter Break

Don't forget, winter break will be from Friday, December 23rd - Monday, January 2nd!

Instant Decision Day with MWCC and QCC!

Seniors! Mount Wachusett Community College and Quinsigamond Community College will be hosting an Instant Decision Day in December! This is a chance to receive an on-the-spot acceptance! Seniors will meet with the admission representative for about 15-20 minutes, where students will complete the schools' online application, review their Wachusett transcript (we will provide this to the rep in advance), and discuss potential majors/areas of study. At the end of this meeting, students will be accepted to QCC and MWCC on the spot - no letters of recommendation, essays, or test scores required! And, the best part is that this opportunity is completely free!

MWCC: Thursday, December 15th

QCC: Wednesday, December 14th and Friday, December 16th

If you would like to have a meeting scheduled with the representative, please fill out the Google forms by Monday, December 12th and we will take care of the rest!

QCC Google Form

MWCC Google Form

NHS Peer Tutoring

National Honor Society is holding free peer tutoring sessions every Tuesday and Thursday after school in the Media Center. If you are looking for some extra help in your classes, be sure to stop by!

Regular Decision College Checklist

Seniors, are you still working on your applications? Here are a few tips and reminders to help you out!

  • Match your Common App account with your Naviance Account.
  • Complete the FERPA Waiver on Common App.
  • Don't forget to complete the FAFSA and/or CSS Profile.
  • Work on your essays and edit them. Visit The College Essay Guy's website for more tips!
  • Make sure you know your deadlines.
  • Have you grabbed a blue sheet yet? Stop by the counseling office to grab a blue transcript request form to have your transcript sent to the colleges you are applying to.

Transcript Request Forms

Seniors! Don't forget that these blue transcript request forms are due on Thursday, December 1st. To request that your high school transcripts be sent to the colleges you are applying to, make sure you fill out this blue sheet. Stop by the counseling department to pick one up!

Preparing for Mid-Term Exams

Midterm exams will take place next month. Here are some tips to help you prepare!

  1. Create your own study guides: Use your teachers' study guides to help you write up personal study guides. It will help you retain information and will make studying more personalized!
  2. Create a study schedule: Creating a study schedule will help you plan out what to study and when. It can also help spread out your time and prevent all-nighters.
  3. Break down studying into smaller chunks.
  4. Organize a study group with classmates.
  5. Get enough sleep: Being well-rested can help with concentration and memory.
  6. Take breaks and find time to relax.

Mental Health

W.I.N.T.E.R. Stress-Busting Tips

Around this time of year, it is common to experience stress. But how can you tell whether you are experiencing a normal, healthy amount of stress or that your stress system is working too hard? Here are some clues that it's time to "up" your stress management game:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Feeling tired, down, irritable, anxious, and overwhelmed often
  • Difficulty concentrating and paying attention
  • Muscle tension

Here is an acronym to help you remember a few ways to manage stress during winter break... W.I.N.T.E.R.

  • W-Write: Writing your thoughts down in a journal can be a useful tool to manage stress!
  • I-Invest: Invest in yourself! While this may be the season of giving, make sure you take care of yourself and practice self-care as well.
  • N-No: Learn to say no to things or people who may be pushing your boundaries. It's okay to say no to things when you are feeling overwhelmed.
  • T-Think Realistically: Realistic thinking means looking at all aspects of a situation (positive, negative, and neutral) before drawing conclusions. Taking time to reflect and think realistically can help manage stress and negative emotions.
  • E-Exercise: Exercise can help how we respond to stress and can also decrease stress. Whether it's just a simple walk down the street or playing your favorite winter sports, any exercise is better than no exercise. Ask a friend to be your exercise buddy!
  • R-Relax: During this busy season, make sure that you take time to relax. Spending as little as 15 minutes a day practicing self-care and mindfulness can help reduce stress.

For more information, read the article linked here!

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