IA Counselor Weekly Update

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Have a wonderful summer break and we'll see you all soon!

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New Article for Parents!


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Each Junior should have received an email from the College Essay Guy to register and create your account! Once you do so, you will find detailed courses with step-by-step guides for brainstorming, structuring, and revising essays with videos as well as written lessons. We love College Essay Guy's advice and we know you will too!

You will have full access to three online courses:

How to Write a Personal Statement

How to Write Your College Application + Supplemental Essays

How to Answer the UC Application Prompts

These courses feature modules that contain written information as well as extremely helpful videos. We highly recommend that you go through each course from beginning to end for the best results. Please note that the How to Answer the UC Application Prompts course is specifically for students applying to California schools.

College Essay Guy also offers many free resources on his website, such as his blog and his podcast. Take a look - the more you know, the better your essays will be! Here are a few articles to get you started:

College Prep Resources - Whether you're creating your college list, deciding on a major, or writing your Common App activities list, these are my favorite resources for general college prep.

College Essay Guy Admissions Podcast - I've set out to interview the greatest minds in the college admissions world and turn their advice into useful and practical guides for students

Parent Resources - My all-time favorite resources for parents


The Personal Statement Course

The Application + Supplements Course

Student Questionnaire Counselor LOR

Please complete this student questionnaire for a counselor letter of recommendation if you are applying to a college in the fall that requires a counselor letter of rec. Please turn in to your counselor ASAP! Remember- quality over quantity (:

Parent Questionnaire for Counselor LOR

Parents! We would love for you to fill out this parent questionnaire to turn in to your student's counselor ASAP if they will require a counselor letter of recommendation for their college applications. You know your child best!

Student College Questionnaire for Teacher LOR

Please complete this student questionnaire for a teacher letter of recommendation if you are applying to a college in the fall that requires a teacher letter of rec. You will be turning this in to your teacher in the fall after you ask them for a LOR

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Financial Aid Resources

Types of Federal Student Aid
Oakland University Financial Services

Click to sign up for an OU virtual live financial aid webinar and to download financial aid supplemental handouts.

Oakland University Financial Services offers a variety of financial aid events available to all high school students and their families (even if Oakland University isn't on your college list!). Presentations and workshops are available for those who wish to learn more about the financial aid process, completing the FAFSA, or evaluating financial aid awards.
Navigating the Coronavirus - from the Common App

Resources and solutions to help students and those who support them during this unpredictable time

College Admissions Status Updates

NACAC’s College Admission Status Update is a central resource of information about changes in college admission as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

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FREE virtual summit!

(when applying, please put Ms. Clancy under the "mentor" section!)
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We Need to Talk, The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit's Mental Health Initiative, presents

An Evening with Will Heininger

New Date and Time: Tuesday, June 16 | 7 PM

Please join us to hear the impactful mental health story of Will Heininger, former defensive lineman for the University of Michigan football team. As a college athlete who struggled with depression, Will has made it his professional and personal mission to raise awareness and shatter stigmas surrounding mental illness. Today, he serves as the Outreach Coordinator at the UM Depression Center. Hear Will’s personal story and learn how you can support yourself or someone you know who may be struggling with mental health challenges.

Learn more and register

Questions? Please contact Amy Wayne at awayne@jfmd.org.

This program is supported by a grant from The United Way for Southeastern Michigan.

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Dear Prospective Students and Families,

Michigan State University and the Honors College are committed to connecting to prospective students and their family members wherever they may be! We have organized a few upcoming opportunities this summer so anyone interested can learn more about the opportunities for high achieving students at MSU:

Informational presentation and Q&A (All times Eastern)
Wednesday June 16th from Noon to 1:00 PM
Friday June 26th from 5:30 to 6:30 PM

Weekly "drop-in" office hours with HC Admissions Staff (All times Eastern)
Each Thursday in June and July from 4:00 - 6:00 PM
All that is required for these events is an internet connection - students and their families can log on from any internet browser and join us. Once there, we will be able to answer questions and talk about a variety of topics that may be of interest to them: Honors College admissions, housing options, scholarships, and more. Any guest can join us simply by clicking the links above at the specified date and time. If you are unable to attend, recordings are available upon request.

Follow us on Social Media

Following the MSU Honors College social media accounts is a great way to learn more about the College, stay up to date on our events and important deadlines, and get a glimpse into our Honors community at MSU!

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COVID-19 Community Resources

Food Resources

The Hexagon - School Updates

The Harvard Sight Club wanted to provide an outlet for all IA students to channel their inner stress, concerns, and worries during these difficult times. We hope this helps.

IA Counselors

Okma Campus

Lisa Acton



Jane Dittus



East Campus

Whitney Bernstein



Alexandria Phelps



West Campus

Brigid Piagentini