College & Career Center Newsletter

April 16, 2021 Edition 16

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.


Sprint to the finish!

Upcoming events

Career Talks Series

April 24 @ 7:00pm, learn about Data Science and AI - Potential and Opportunities from Ashish Thusoo who will be talking about Sign up for April talks in the series at this LINK.

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

Over 200 Colleges are participating. 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

April 21st 2:15pm - Learn how to Win an Internship Opportunity

Earn a chance for an Internship this summer in a variety of fields with over 30 employers to choose from with Pilot City. Join this demonstration of the Pilot City platform and find out how you can build a project to be used as your application for a summer internship. Ask your Cohort teacher and join at this link:

April 24th 3-4pm - Workshop for High and Middle School Parents on Summer Activities During COVID

Trying to find something for your students to do during summer? Join this Free Summer Activities and College Admissions Workshop which will be held on April 24th from 3pm to 4pm PST! This workshop will be led by graduate students from Stanford and MIT, who will advise and share resources on how high school students can apply their passions outside of the classroom and prepare for college admissions. We will also share resources such as our AI Project Guide for High School Students, which outlines steps students can take to build impactful personal projects.

If you are interested in attending, please register here. (You will also receive a recording of the event if you register!)

Grade Level Specific Information


It's almost Decision Day, May 1st is the deadline to submit your Intent to Register with the college of your choice. For some of you this is probably as stressful as completing the applications, but for others, it's a breeze. Give it some thought but remember to try to picture yourself at each college. When the feeling of you being there is good, you'll know you made the right choice. Please remember to update your College I'm Applying to List with your results AND once you choose the place for you, update the "College Attending" field so we will know where to send your final transcript. Continue to check your college portals so you make sure to complete all the steps you need to for the college of your choice.

April 21st 12-1pm SJSU is hosting a Next Steps Presentation for WHS Students who are planning to attend SJSU. If you plan to attend and have NOT already attended a Next Steps Session, please attend this one. Join at the following zoom link:

ID: 86334692526
Passcode: 500410


The first workshop in our series, Making a College List, was held on Wednesday April 14th and we had a good turnout. If you missed it you can watch the recording and look at the presentation slides on Canvas. Another great event was the Senior Advice Panel, also held on Wednesday, where current seniors spoke about their experiences with college applications and AP classes. If you missed this, it was recorded as well and also available on Canvas.

College Application workshop series:

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

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

Register for these workshops at this LINK.

These sessions will all be recorded and available on the Student Services Hub in Canvas under College & Career -> Planning for College (Underclassmen) so if you are unable to attend you can watch it later. Parents who would like to attend and observe are also welcome but please allow the students to ask questions. If parents have questions please email them to

FREE Essay Writing Workshop with the College Essay Guy: This is a GREAT opportunity and there are many options for these workshops. I recommend signing up for the May or June Boot Camp to get started on your Personal Statement over the summer. This will make your Senior year so much less stressful.

  • Personal Statement Boot Camp (May 24-28)

  • Personal Statement Boot Camp (June 14-18)

  • Personal Statement Boot Camp (August 9-13)

  • Supplemental Essay Weekend Crash Course: (August 31 & September 2)

  • Supplemental Essay Weekend Crash Course (Oct 2 & 3)

  • UC Personal Insight Question Crash Course (June 12 & 13)

  • UC Personal Insight Question Course (Oct 9, 16, & 23)

Register for these at:


You might be thinking about studying for the SAT or ACT and planning on taking it when you are a junior.


It's been great to see some of you on campus lately. How exciting to have students roaming around in the quad just like "old times".


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

College Rankings with US News: I attended a webinar about "Insights Into the U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings", which has always been intriguing to me. They use several factors and acceptance rate (selectivity) is not one of them (this is a myth). Forty percent of a school's rank comes from its success at retaining and graduating students within 150% of normal time (six years), graduate indebtedness, and social mobility factor. The data used in the 2021 rankings pertain to fall 2019 and earlier. Consequently, the COVID-19 pandemic could not impact the data schools submitted to U.S. News. Nonetheless, to account for the huge disruption to higher education, they re-introduced test-blind schools in the rankings and placed reduced emphasis in the rankings on admissions data and alumni giving data. If you want to see all the details, check out this article which shows actual percentages given to each factor. Personally, I feel like more important than ranking when choosing a school, is the fit of the school to the student. However, I did find it interesting to see how they actually come up with the rankings.

opportunities / Jobs / Volunteering

AI Scholars Live Online - Now accepting Applications for Summer

AI Scholars Live Online is a 10 session (25-hour) program that exposes high school students to fundamental AI concepts and guides them to build a socially impactful project. Taught by our team of graduate students from Stanford, MIT, and more, students receive a personalized learning experience in small groups with a student-teacher ratio of 4:1.

To learn more and apply go HERE.

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

College Spotlight

Trinity University

Trinity University is a small sized, private liberal arts institution located in San Antonio, Texas. Trinity’s ‘culture’ blends into San Antonio— students participate in many annual city events such as Fiesta and the MLK march. Their mascot is the tiger!

This university hosts 2532 undergraduate students and has an average class size of 19 students (classes tend to range from 10 to 30 people large). Trinity stresses hands-on learning; over 80% of undergraduates participate in internships or undergraduate research. The administration works to make these opportunities, as well as study abroad, accessible to students by offering scholarships and grants. According to overall group consensus from students, the campus vibe is more academics-focused than party-focused. Trinity is known for being heavily concentrated in pre-medical and pre-law students.

Quick Stats:

Undergraduate enrollment: 2,532

Graduate enrollment: 164

Student to Faculty ratio: 9:1

Average Classroom Size: 19

Acceptance rate: 28%

Average tuition and fees: $31, 747

Students Living on Campus: 80%

Student retention rate: 92%

Top areas of Study:

  • Biological and biomedical sciences

  • Social sciences

  • Visual and performing arts

  • Communication, journalism, and related programs

  • Business, management, marketing, and related support services

Career Spotlight

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: