College & Career Center Newsletter

March 26, 2021 Edition 15

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.


Spring seems to have finally arrived and with that lots of excitement for our students. Some of our Seniors are hearing back from colleges that they applied to in the Fall causing some joy, some tears, some disappointment and many other emotions. Others are still figuring out their next steps. Everyone has an individual path and NONE of them are straight. There are curves in every journey and we often end up somewhere other than where we expected to go. The Important thing to remember is to just keep trekking.Juniors are starting to taste the sense of becoming Seniors next year (and can't believe it's already happening). It's time to start planning for your future now. Some of our Freshmen will be coming on campus soon for the first time since attending Westmont. Now that is exciting. Sophomores are just working hard wondering what next year will look like for them. Trying to decide what classes to take because their schedules finally allow them choices. No matter which grade, students are all facing challenges and decisions. We are here to help provide options and guidance so make an appointment to talk if you need help at the link above.

Upcoming events

March 26th 6-7pm IDOT Careers in Product Design Speaker Panel

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to design an app or a smartphone? Come join IDOT at our Careers in Product Design speaker panel! Our speakers will talk about their experiences as a product designer, career journey, and advice on getting started, with time for questions at the end.

This event will be virtually hosted on Friday, March 26th from 6 - 7pm PST. If you are interested in attending this event, please join this Zoom link on the day of the event:

Tech Girls Unite Series - March 28 1pm

This month learn about Responsible AI with speaker Martha Czernuszenko. Register here.

March 29-31 @2-5pm Clarkson University Virtual STEM College Fair

Check out the variety of colleges and opportunities to learn about STEM programs at these institutions. Special presentations on Robotics Pathways, Artificial Intelligence Pathways and Standing out as a STEM applicant. View sessions and register at:

April 6 @6-7pm Air Force Night

"Air Force Night" is a webinar that educates high school students about the different career and college opportunities the Air Force offers. These opportunities include Enlisting in the Air or Space Force, joining Air Force ROTC while attending college, and the Air Force Academy. As such, there will be a representative from Enlisted Ascensions, Air Force ROTC, and the Air Force Academy to talk about their respective programs and what they can offer to your students to help them achieve their larger dreams. Register here for this event.

April 9 @3pm - April 11 @6pm, UC Santa Cruz Baskin Day 2021 - Baskin School of Engineering

A FREE virtual 3 day conference organized by engineering students at UC Santa Cruz to showcase our school of engineering to the community. Register here

April 13th @4pm African Americans discuss paths to Careers in Healthcare

African Americans discuss their path to a Career in Healthcare. Open to high school students


Signup here.

April 19th 4-8pm - WACAC Spring Fair for California and Nevada Students

Over 200 Colleges are participating. Register at

April 10th 11am-12:30pm Student Panel with SW Engineering students @ SJSU for ALL current high school students

Want to learn more about different STEM related major?. We have college student panelists from majors such as Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Industrial Technology, Electrical Engineering, and Civil Engineering. Students will be able to learn more in depth about each major and be able to speak with the panelists 1-on-1 for any major/career related questions they may have. At the end of the event, all attendees will also have a chance to win one of three Amazon gift cards!

The tentative schedule for the event looks like this:

  • 11:00AM-11:10AM: Opening remarks & introductions

  • 11:10AM-11:55AM: Panel

  • 11:55AM-12:00PM: 5 min break

  • 12:00PM-12:30PM: Break out rooms where students can ask specific questions

  • 12:30PM: Closing remarks & raffle for HS students

Register at:

Monday, April 19th, from 4 to 6 PM - "How to Build a Startup", Hosted by Berkeley student for High School Students

This is an event for high school students to learn about the startup building process. During the event, we’ll walk students through the startup lifecycle and host a mini-ideathon at the end for them to practice what they’ve learned.

If you are interested in attending this event, please register through this link: Please complete our registration form by April 12, 2021.
If you have any questions, please contact

Grade Level Specific Information


Most of the UC decisions have been released by now and many students have been put on the Waitlist at their top choice schools. The language used in the Waitlist explanation is a bit confusing. It sounds like you are committing to something with no way out. This isn't the case. They just want to make sure that you know that you will not know if you have been accepted into their university until AFTER May 1st. May 1st is the date by which you are required to Submit your Intent to Register (SIR) and put down a deposit to hold your place any school you were accepted to. So what they are saying is this: If you accept your position on the waitlist at school A (let's say it is your dream school), you may or may not get accepted into their program but you won't know until after May 1st. So, you should probably choose a school that you did get into, school B, and submit your Intent to Register with a deposit before May 1st. Then after May 1st, you may be notified that you did indeed get accepted into school A. So you will have to tell school B that you don't really want to go there (because school A is your dream school) and you will forfeit the money you put down to school B for your deposit. You have to evaluate if you are willing to forfeit the deposit to school B in order to accept your spot at school A (your dream school). The school you are waitlisted at just wants to make sure you have a back up plan because your spot at school A is not a guarantee.


This coming week on March 31st at 11-12am will be the College and Career Application Readiness Webinar and you are all required to attend. Even if at this point you aren't planning on attending college, you should attend because there will be information about other training programs and career pathways for after graduation that you can look into. For those interested in applying to a 2 or 4 year college during senior year, there will be follow up workshops to provide more details about the different parts of the college application process. I look forward to having you all attend! Click here at 11:00am on 3/31 to join the webinar. If you are interested in attending a 4 year University the following workshops will be provided to help you with each of the steps in the process:

April 14 @2:45-3:45pm - Researching Colleges and Making Your List

April 21 @2:45-3:45pm - Determining Application Requirements

April 28 @2:45-3:45pm - Brainstorming to Present your Best Self in Personal Statements

CAASPP testing is coming up for Juniors. Many of you may be wondering "Why do I even have to take this test?" Well there are many reason and one to consider is your placement at a California State University (CSU). They use the results of your CAASPP test as one way to determine your placement into your math and English classes in college. If you are interested in finding out more about how they do this and why the CAASPP is so important, register for one of the upcoming workshops with SJSU for juniors in April at the following dates and times at this link:

  • April 13 from 5 to 6 p.m.
  • April 14 from 12 to 1 p.m.
  • April 15 from 5 to 6 p.m.


Take one last look at the schedule you have requested in Aeries and decide if it looks good to you. This year you didn't have any room in your schedule for electives since you needed to take PE and possibly a world language. Next year you'll have more room for electives as well as more choices for English and Math courses. If you did reasonably well in English 2 or English 2H, I highly recommend that you signup for AP English Language. In my opinion, this is the most useful course we offer at Westmont because it prepares you for anything you do in your future. You will learn how to communicate properly in this class. Even if you don't like to write (which not many students do) you will be required to write and you will get better at it. If you chose to go to college after high school, you will be so glad you took this class. If you don't choose to go to college you will still benefit from having taking this class. It will help you when filling out job applications or even when advocating for yourself in any number of ways. Communication is key in this world we live in.


You might get to come to campus soon! How exciting to see in person this school you've been attending for 9 months. This might be a bit frightening after spending so much time isolated in your house. Take a breath and dive in. Make sure to walk by the College and Career Center window. It's on the back of the library. Knock on my window and wave to me.


2020-2021 Scholarships Spreadsheet

See this scholarship spreadsheet for a complete list of scholarships. For Local Westmont Community Scholarships see this link.

AP insights

Klaus's Kernels

This weeks Kernels are hidden in the March Madness bracket. There is so much interesting trivia about colleges. You might just learn about a college that is the perfect fit for you (and has a great basketball team!)

opportunities / Jobs / Volunteering

Apply to be a Campbell Youth Commissioner by May 11th

Members will have the opportunity to earn community service hours, organize and host special events, participate in community events, obtain a letter of recommendation for employment or college applications, team building, fun memories and so much more! Great volunteer experience.

For more info visit

Apply NOW-April 16th to be a member of the Superintendent Student Advisory Council in 21-22

Represent Westmont to the school board on the Student Advisory Council and report any concerns relevant at the District level. A great opportunity to get experience in the community that affects you and your peers. Apply at:

Superposition STEM Mentors available to guide you. Sign up by 4/11

At Superposition, we believe that mentorship is crucial for developing the next generation of leaders. That’s why we are launching Superposition AMPLIFY, A Mentorship Program Lifting & Inspiring Female Youth!

Through this program, you will be matched with a college student who will give you advice, answer your questions about high school, and guide you through the college application process. You will also be able to learn about the many paths that you can take post-college. Find more information about the program here! Apply to be a mentee today!

This program is open to all mentees of all interests and will consist of 4 mentor-mentee meetings across April, May and June.

Duration: 4/16 - 6/11, 20-minute meetings every other week

Mentee Sign-Up Link, closes 4/11

Please email for any questions/concerns you may have!

Girl Genius STEAM Magazine and Opportunity

We’re a female-founded and GenZ-powered team that’s launched the nation's first free STEAM publication with 10,000+ readers worldwide. Check out this magazine here and if you want to get more involved go HERE for information about how.

College Spotlight

Marquette University

Marquette University is a medium-sized Catholic, Jesuit university. Located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Marquette sits just 1 mile away from the beaches of Lake Michigan and 90 minutes from Chicago.

Marquette also has 16 D1 sports teams; It is most renowned for its basketball team, emphasis on community service, and excellent pre-professional tracts for students interested in healthcare or law. The university has a nursing school, engineering school, business school, dental school, law school, and college of education.

91% of alumni are employed full-time or enrolled in graduate school within one year after graduation.

Quick Stats:

Undergraduate enrollment: 8,435

Graduate enrollment: 3091

Student to Faculty ratio: 14:1

Average Classroom Size: 28

Acceptance rate: 84%

Full tuition, fees, and annual room and board: $59906

Students Living on Campus: 53% (freshmen and sophomores must live on campus)

Students of color: 21%

Student retention rate: 87%

Top areas of Study:

  • Business, Management, marketing, and related support services

  • Engineering

  • Communication, journalism, and related programs

  • Health professions and related clinical sciences

  • Biological and biomedical sciences

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: