Samohi College/Career Center

January Update

January Afternoon Tea with the College/Career Counselors
Te de la tarde de enero con los consejeros de la universidad
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Spring College Night!

Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, 6pm

This is an online event.

Join us for this informative evening covering a comprehensive review of the four-year college admission process along with steps to follow throughout high school and prepare effectively.

Juniors and their families are highly encouraged to attend; sophomores and freshmen always welcome!

Event registration information to come.

Freshmen and Sophomores

Congratulations on completing your first semester of distance learning. Job well done. Keep up the good work!

If there are any colleges that you are looking into or want to learn more about, many colleges have plenty of online recourses for you. Just click and explore!

Another resource for you is Naviance. You can search colleges, careers, do assessments, and much more. Naviance can be found through your Clever account on Samohi's website.

One last thing to keep in mind, scholarships are available for lower grade levels - why not apply!? Check out the websites below and register.

Juniors!!! ARE YOU READY?!?

Let's start talking!

We will see you in a few weeks, as we plan to visit all Junior English classes. We will be opening our Calendly availability after those presentations in February!

If you CANNOT wait, please use all the resources that you have: college websites, Naviance, scholarship search engines, etc.

See you soon!

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We survived the bulk of the college applications - Congratulations!

Now it's time to finish the financial aid process and continue to do well in your classes.

If SMC is on your radar, please start that process now. Check your emails daily, open your portal accounts for each school, and make sure you reach out if you need help! Our Drop-In hours are below along with our Calendly links.

We'll also be visiting your English class soon - see you then!

Emails, Emails, EMAILS, Portals, Portals, PORTALS.

First you will need to CHECK YOUR EMAIL

  • All information will go to your email

Next, create your PORTALS - these are the gate keepers to all the college information - including admission decisions, financial aid, transcript requests, document requests, process to commit by May 1, etc...

  • YES, each one will need a unique user name and password
  • YES, you will need to make one for each college
  • YES, you will need to check them often

Midyear Transcripts = 1st Semester Transcripts

Midyear Transcripts are also know as 7th semester transcripts, senior transcripts, or fall grades. Essentially, colleges want to see last semester's grades. Check your portal(s) to see if the college(s) you've applied to require it:

  • YES - even if you requested your transcripts last semester you will need to order another set of transcripts because it has your first semester grades on it
  • Private schools will likely ask for your fall semester grades
  • CSUs might ask for your transcript
  • UCs DO NOT want them. I repeat UCs DO NOT want them
  • Check your PORTALS

Midyear Transcript requests are due by January 25, 2021 via Naviance

Santa Monica College - Apply NOW!!!

Thinking about SMC as your first choice, second, or last choice? Please check in with Ms. Lem, an SMC counselor working specifically with Samohi students. You will find her information below. Please click on the picture to go to the SMC website.

See PDF below for application steps.

Ms. Lem will be hosting an application workshop in February! Space is limited: She will guide you through the application process, financial aid, enrollment dates and much more.

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Financial Aid - Do not miss out!

If you have not submitted your FAFSA, CA Dream Act Application (CADAA), or CSS Profile, do it NOW!! The sooner the better. You may be eligible for financial assistance to help pay for college!

Congratulations to 53% of the Senior class who have completed a FAFSA or CADAA. Whether you're planning to attend a four-year or two-year college, be sure to apply!

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Samohi Scholarship Tutorial

Samohi Scholarships - Seniors ONLY!

We are so fortunate to have donors who recognize your potential and achievements and want to support your dreams and aspirations.

To be clear, these are scholarship opportunities that only YOU, a Samohi Senior can apply for!

Varying scholarship requirements such as:

Do you have a sibling that went to Samohi?

Do you have an interest in cars?

Are you an advocate for Non-violence?

Do you have leadership experience?

These are just some of the criteria for Samohi scholarships. There is a scholarship opportunity for EVERY SENIOR! Be sure to take a look and apply!

Please follow instructions below.

Scholarship Instructions

Detailed scholarship instructions can also be found on the Samohi Webpage.

More Scholarships!

If you are still looking for more scholarships, here you go:


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Guess who's on Instagram???

WE ARE! Follow us


Julie Honda - H-N

FUN FACT: Even though I'm not Hawaiian, I have been dancing Hula over 40 years. Wowee!

Drop-In hours: Monday & Friday during lunch and afterschool (2:15-3:00pm)

Rosa Mejia - O-Z

FUN FACT: While in college, Ms. Mejia studied abroad in Granada, Spain. WOW!

Drop-In hours: Monday & Friday during lunch and afterschool (2:15-3:00pm)

Aimee Lem - SMC

FUN FACT: David Copperfield made her disappear in a magic show in Las Vegas! WHAT!

Click here for Ms. Lem's Lunch Drop In Hours