Counseling Department Newsletter

November 2022

In this issue...

  • Wachusett Partnership Program Meeting for Sophomores
  • Important November Dates
  • FAFSA and CSS Profile
  • Tips for Your College Essay
  • Regular Decision Transcript Forms for Seniors
  • Mental Health Strategies & Support

Wachusett Partnership Program Presentation

On November 29th, 2022 during Activity Period, there will be a meeting for Sophomores to introduce the Wachusett Partnership Program. The Partnership Program gives students the opportunity to explore different careers in areas that may be of interest!

What concentrations does the Partnership Program offer?

Automotive Technology, Business Finance, Business Marketing, Early Childhood Study Education, Engineering Technology, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Graphic Communications, and Health Science.

What can students get out of this program?

Students will:

  • Explore a career of interest before having to pay for college
  • Work on career related projects
  • Make real world connections
  • Interact with guest speakers
  • Participate in field trips
  • Build a robust resume
  • Gain experience in a specific career field

Important November Dates

  • Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022: Half-Day, Parent Open House
  • Tuesday, November 8th, 2022: No School, Staff Development Day
  • Friday, November 11th, 2022: No School, Veteran's Day
  • Wednesday, November 23rd - 25th: No School, Thanksgiving Break

Reminder! MEFA Financial Aid Presentation

Parents, a reminder to mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 1st, 2022! At 6:30 pm, the counseling department will be hosting an informational session with the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) about the financial aid process and applying to college. The slides will be posted on the School Counseling Website, under Counseling Presentations, if you are not able to attend in person.

FAFSA and CSS Profile

What is the FAFSA?
  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form that you need to fill out to receive financial aid from the federal government to help you pay for college.
  • Be sure to check school and state deadlines for filing FAFSA!
  • Need more information about the FAFSA? Click this link to read more.

How is the CSS Profile different?
  • The CSS Profile is an online application used by institutions and scholarship programs to award their own aid. Not every school requires the CSS Profile, but you can see if the school you are applying to requires a CSS Profile here

Tips for Your College Essays

  • When starting your college essay, be sure to check the prompt on the Common App, or through the institution's application. You may be required to write supplemental essays as well, so be sure you look for those.
  • Make sure you edit your essay before submitting. The quickest way to get on the wrong side of the college admissions representative reading your essay is through spelling and grammatical errors!
  • College admission representatives are looking to hear your voice, so make sure you are authentic, genuine, creative, and thoughtful!
  • Use humor if that works for you!
  • Make sure your essay meets the word limit.

For more help, check out the College Essay Guy website!

Transcript Request Forms

Seniors! For those applying for Regular Decision, be sure to pick up a blue transcript request form! The blue transcript request forms will be due December 1, 2022. You can pick them up in the counseling department or from your school counselor!

National Career Development Month

November is National Career Development Month! This is a great way to get a jump start on career planning! Here are some ways you can work on career planning prior to leaving high school (even if you don't know what you want to be yet):

  • Take the Career Cluster Survey on Naviance.
  • Use the results from the Career Cluster Survey to research the different career clusters that came up.
  • Create a list of your strengths and interests, and research what careers might match them.
  • Create a list of career goals: What are you looking for in a career? How much money do you want to make? What are the required qualifications for the career you're interested in?
  • Practice writing your resume.

Mental Health

WRHS Self-Care Supply Station

The School Counseling Department now has a self-care supply station! The self-care station has various items such as pencils, notebooks, flashcards, hygiene items, and so much more! Everything is free for the taking and no permission is needed. Students can help themselves!

Tips For the Upcoming Thanksgiving Break

While Thanksgiving Break may be a vacation for some, we also recognize that there may be some stress associated with it as well. Here are a few ways to protect your mental health over the upcoming holiday break:

  • Acknowledge your feelings
  • Show yourself compassion
  • Get a head start on completing assignments
  • Establish or maintain routines
  • Take breaks
  • Connect or reach out for support
  • Practice gratitude

What is gratitude?

According to Very Well Mind, "Gratitude is a positive emotion that involves being thankful and appreciative and is associated with several mental and physical health benefits".

How can you practice gratitude?

  1. Practice Mindfulness: Take a moment to focus on your experiences and how you are feeling. Try out this short Headspace meditation to help practice mindfulness!
  2. Journal: Write down a few things you are thankful for each day. Later on, when you are having a rough day, you will have the journal to look back on.
  3. Give Thanks to Yourself and Others: Gratitude is about recognizing and appreciating people, things, moments, and other aspects of our lives that bring us peace and comfort. Show your appreciation by either verbally thanking or writing notes of gratitude to those that you are thankful for and appreciate.
  4. Try printing out this Gratitude Journal Sheet to start you gratitude practice!

Impacts of Practicing Gratitude

  • Better Sleep
  • Higher Self-Esteem
  • Decreased Stress
  • Stronger Relationships
  • Higher Levels of Optimism

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