Tag: University Counselling

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SMUS in the News: Harvard-Bound Aysha Emmerson ’18 Earns Zonta Scholarships

2018 grad Aysha Emmerson talks to the Saanich News about her Zonta International scholarship and her work in the community
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Our University Counsellors Answer Some Parent Questions

Director of University Counselling, Alison McCallum, responds to some questions asked by parents about university prep
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It’s Course Selection Season!

Head of University Counselling Ms. Alison McCallum provides resources from the Course Information Evening and info on how to make course selections
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What Does a University Counsellor Do?

University counsellor Ms. Kate Knight details how she and her colleagues support students in achieving their post-secondary goals
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Summer Plans: Looking to the Future

Ms. Alison McCallum, Head of Universtiy Counselling, outlines a number of great opportunities for summer holiday experiences

Course Planning: All Eyes on September

January at SMUS means a focus on course planning for the next school year to help students make informed decisions about their high school courses
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Another Great University Tour in the Books

37 students, 4 chaperones, 7 nights, 9 cities, 12 university campuses*, dozens of SMUS alumni, countless questions asked and application decisions made. This was...
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Learn the Ins and Outs of Hospitality at a Hands-On University in Switzerland

Ms. Alison McCallum writes about her visit to École Hôtelière de Lausanne, a university dedicated to business studies through the hospitality industry
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How Will No Letter Grades from K-8 Impact My Child’s University Applications?

University Counsellor Ms. Kate Knight explains how having no letter grades at the Middle School can have a positive impact down the road at university
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When is the Deadline for University Applications?

We break down the whens and whats of university applications so students and parents don't stress as deadlines approach
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Should My Child Submit an Early Application to U.S. Colleges?

Early application to U.S. colleges can be a confusing subject for Canadian students. We break down the details to help you understand the admissions process to American schools
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Recapping the Grade 12 Parent Information Evening

A recap of this week's University Counselling Parent Info Evening about post-secondary planning. And download the useful slideshow from the presentation!
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University Counselling: Thinking Ahead to Summer

Ms. Alison McCallum, head of University Counselling, offers some great advice for how to spend some of your time off in the summer
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Choosing the Right High School Courses at SMUS

Senior School students will soon pick their classes for next year. Find out everything you need to know to help you choose the right high school courses

UK Universities on the Ground: Snapshot Impressions

I had the great fortune to be in the UK this past summer for nearly two weeks, touring a dozen university campuses from London...

East Coast Campus Visits Part II: Places and People of the Maritimes

SMUS University Counsellor Ms. Kate Knight visited universities on the east coast of Canada to learn about studying at schools in the Maritimes
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How to Get a Great Letter of Reference from a Teacher

Asking a high school teacher for a letter of reference is a crucial step to help make your university or scholarship application stand out
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University Options: Look Beyond the Usual Suspects

Earlier this week, the CUE (Canadian Universities Event) came to Victoria. This annual event is a fair format with representatives from about 50 Canadian...

Marching Toward Grad 2017

We hosted our annual Grade 12 Student and Parent Information Evening last week to help students and parents prepare for the year ahead. If...

Winding up to get back in the groove

Alison McCallum, Head of University Counselling, offers advice to Grade 12 students looking ahead at their post-secondary options
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University Prep: Our Top 10 Tips for Summer!

We all know that lounging at the beach is great way to spend your summer vacation. But what else can you do that is...

Wear Your Colours

There was a fabulous array of colours, university names, and accessories in assembly yesterday! We invited the Grade 12s and the school faculty (K-12)...

University Preparation for the Class of 2016: Beyond the SMUS Bubble

We hosted two events on Tuesday, May 24 with the goal of helping grade 12 students and their parents prepare for the next phase...

East Coast Campus Visits Part I: Places and People

The Fitbit monitor read 20,805 steps. It was one very full day of walking – walking to subway stops, through train stations, around university campuses,...
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Beyond the Bubble: Making a Successful Transition to University Life

University decisions are being finalized as I write; students are making plans about residence life and starting course selections for their first year at...
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Applying to a University in the United Kingdom

Studying at a university in the United Kingdom is highly specialized. Students focus on one specific area (for three years in England or four...

Summer School Options: Victoria and Vancouver

If you are looking to complete one of your Grade 10-12 courses this summer at summer school in Victoria or Vancouver, you have options....
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Decision time

It’s decision time. Students know the results of many, but not all, of their university applications and they may experience a whole range of...
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University Pre-Requisites: The Devil is in the Details

It was the week leading up to Spring Break, and they were knocking on my door in the University Counselling office with increasing regularity....
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Ryan Totz ’16 Wins Morehead-Cain Scholarship to UNC-Chapel Hill

One of the best parts about the work I do is the privilege I have to get to know so many incredible young people....
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Standardized Testing for American College Applications

Standardized testing is a component of a student's application that some universities use to properly compare applicants from vastly different high school settings and...

Career Day 2016: Preparation for Life After SMUS

On January 27, the Senior School hosted its 7th annual Career Day. Students in Grades 9 through 12 had the opportunity to learn about a...
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Time to Think About Your Summer!

There may be a chill in the air, but the crocuses are blooming and days are staying lighter longer, all key signs prompting us...
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A panoply of choice!

As we look back on all that we accomplished in 2015, it is hard to believe that it is also the time to begin...
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The waiting game

Many of our grade 12 students are now in a new place: the waiting room. Last fall, there was a flurry of tasks to...
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Surf, golf, and study…come to St. Andrews (but not for the weather!)

On a blustery Scottish day, I took the train from Edinburgh to St. Andrews to have a wee visit with my former advisee and...
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year … to be in Grade 12!

Fingers dog ear pages of an academic calendar. Eyes squint at the computer screen as the mouse clicks, scrolling through program choices and admission...
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Post-Secondary Information for Parents

If you were unable to attend our information session held in the Chapel on Tuesday night, please visit the webpage below to view a...
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7400 College Counselling Peers, 2 Campuses, and 1 Coalition

My University Counselling colleague, Timio Colistro, and I spent 4 days in San Diego last week attending the 'National Association of College Advising and...
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A SMUS grad at UC San Diego

Len (SMUS Grad ’12) is in his fourth year of study at the University of California, San Diego, in the Jacobs School of Engineering....
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Grad 2016, Start Your Engines!

In the world of education, September really is like everyone else's January: it's when we set new directions, make resolutions, and fine tune our...
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Go to university in Norway? Hvorfor ikke?

One of the many reasons I love my job is because I get to live vicariously through my students as they find out about...
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The perfect addition to summer vacation!

Wondering how to fill your time this summer? Want to get a jump start on narrowing that list of university choices? Why not combine a visit...
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Getting Ready for USA Applications

Grade 11 - Most applications to USA colleges and universities will be completed using the Common Application (https://www.commonapp.org). This is where you create your...
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A day at the beach or 5 hours in an exam room?? Know your...

Standardized testing is a component of a student's application that some universities use to properly compare applicants from vastly different high school settings and...
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Long summer days ahead

Ah, June. There is so much to do this month, and also so much promise for the two months that lie in wait. Some...
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One road to med school

I had the opportunity to meet with one of our '09 grads, Colin,  this morning to talk with him about his path from high...
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Summer study opportunities

AP season is upon us now and there is ever increasing talk of exams in June, but many students are also turning their minds...
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University Counselling Parent Information Evening

On Tuesday evening, there were over 80 parents and students in the Lecture Theatre listening to our University Counselling team talk about the myriad...
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The University of Guelph-Humber

Some record low temperatures were set in the Toronto area this winter (2015). On my visit to the University of Guelph-Humber on the west...
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Navigating Your 21st Century Career

by Jake Humphries, University Counselling Students graduating from high school today face a world of unparalleled opportunity that requires careful navigation and constant attention to...
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Cambridge Update from Keiler Totz ’13

Life at Cambridge University has been an incredible experience so far. Any initial fears about moving to a new country and attending one of...
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Helping your Child Transition to University

Written by Matthew Gardner, M.Ed, RCC , who is one of our SMUS personal counsellors. The stress of adjusting to university or college is...
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Scholarship season is OPEN!

In addition to beginning work on university applications, many Grade 12 students are also currently deep in the throes of researching scholarship opportunities. This...
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Learn about American college options

Next week will be a busy week for students looking at their post-secondary options south of the border. Details about all university visits are included...
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Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA

Whitman College is a top Liberal Arts choice for SMUS students.  Located in the southeastern corner of Washington state, close to the Columbia River,...
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Royal Holloway, University of London

Representatives from both Admissions and the Faculty of Law were here this morning to talk about the merits of this university 45 minutes outside...
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Ready, set, apply!

http://youtu.be/eBE1isCvKyw?list=UUmtp7zgg7HYTtns7ySiXOmA On Thursday, September 4, University Counselling hosted an information evening for Grade 12 students and parents to disseminate important information about what this year...
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Canadian University Representatives on our Campus

Admission representatives from universities near and far have started their annual pilgrimage to Victoria, armed with viewbooks and information to give to prospective students. Here...
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Four Universities in New York State

Rochester and Syracuse are just an hour by air from Toronto, and Cornell and Colgate are both an easy drive from either of these...
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Looking ahead: applying to the UK

The UCAS (University and College Admission Service) has activated its apply system (Apply 2015) much earlier than usual.  Just go to this link: http://www.ucas.com/apply/undergraduate  Make sure...
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Beyond SMUS: Reports on Post-Secondary Life

by Kaeleigh Fletcher '10 This past Tuesday marked the third year of SMUS’s “Beyond the Bubble” evening, a night dedicated to giving students and parents...
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Post-Secondary Transition Talk Without the Fluff

The evening began with an intentionally playful process using a panel interview format à la Jimmy Fallon: there was no preparation of questions but...
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Sending our chicks out into the world

As University Counsellors, we delight in our students’ successes and excitement about their post-secondary plans, but sometimes it is tinged with a little bit...
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NYU Abu Dhabi: Where Magic Happens

When I was invited in April to visit NYU Abu Dhabi for a weekend, my first reaction was 'absolutely', thanks to my strong adventurous...
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Here is something you can do if you were not accepted to the program...

Ryerson University in Toronto has just published its list of university programs that are not yet filled. If you were hoping to be selected...
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Jobs 2020

The website CanadianBusiness.com includes various lists and rankings of future employment opportunities. Their recently published list, “Canada’s 100 Best Jobs” demonstrates some interesting trends....
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Looking ahead to summer

Sometimes students want to use the summer months to get ahead in some coursework, preview a course, or take advantage of a unique learning...
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Attending a Small University – Julian Allen, SMUS Class of 2012

Applying to University is a stressful, yet exciting time. The process provides you with the opportunity to explore your personality and identify a place...
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Ryan Taylor, SMUS Class of 2011, comments on Colgate University

Colgate University, nestled in the heart of central New York, is an ideal school for students who love the close-knit and vibrant campus life...
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Course Selection Information

The annual Course Selection Information Evening covers a range of topics related to everything from graduation requirements to special co-credit options for AP classes....
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Life lessons from a career in media

I had the good fortune to listen in on the Career Day session offered by SMUS alum, Susie Wall, last Wednesday. Officially, she was...
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Career Day: Listen, Question, Network, Repeat

Career Day is still a relatively new event on the SMUS campus, but one that is definitely growing in scope and interest. This Wednesday,...
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What About Santa Fe?

Sitting on the high plains at an elevation of 7,000 feet and just to the west of the sangre de Christos mountains, Santa Fe,...
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Les Roches and Glion in Spain and Switzerland

Les Roches, Marbella If students who are interested in studying business want a programme in which they can learn to specialize in an industry while...
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Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Australia is optimistic. Its people are positive and forward-looking. Business is good. And the weather’s great! International students would be lucky to study in...
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17 visits, one busy week!

Did you know that we had 5 university representatives on campus today, and we have 12 more coming in the next 4 days? It's...
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NACAC Toronto Conference and Thomas Friedman

Ms McCallum and I have recently returned from a trip to the centre of the universe, Toronto, where we attended the National Association for...
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A university with butterflies, tunnels, and a superlab?!

I spent a day at Carleton University for a rapid-fire update about the Ontario universities.  At the end of the day, a few counsellors...
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38 Universities. One Night.

Tomorrow (October 8) universities from across the country will crowd into the SMUS gym to meet the students they hope will join their schools....
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Home of the bilingual Gee-Gees

With 41,000 students (36,000 undergrads) on a campus that is only 0.5 km by 1 km, you would think that it would feel squashed....
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Looking Into the Ivy League

by Ana Maria Fernandez, Grade 12 With the end of high school approaching, it becomes inevitable to start thinking about our post-secondary plans and what...
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Minnesota – 10,000 Lakes and Some Great Universities

Minnesota’s Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul) are alive with arts and athletic activity – The Minnesota Twins, Vikings, Wild, Timberwolves, (baseball, football, hockey,...
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An Early Start for Grade 12 Planning

by Greg Marchand The University Counselling presentation for Grade 12 students and their parents that was held on September 12th was a great success with...
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Brendan Snarr, SMUS ’05, PhD Research at McGill

Do you think fungus is only mushrooms, blue cheese, and beer? Representing one of the most diverse kingdoms in taxonomy, fungi encompass everything from brewers’...
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Oh to be young again!

When I was a teenager, I spent my summer vacations babysitting and bussing tables. Summer school was the furthest thing from my mind and...
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The Future of Careers

Career Week was a busy one this year, with two events running each lunch hour. Students had the opportunity to attend panel discussions of...
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English language option in France

Sciences Po is an internationally renowned university in France composed of seven campuses, each with its own geographical focus area and dominant language on...
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California road trip: 11 college campuses in 5 days

In early February, Rea Casey and I spent a week in Southern California visiting colleges with three other University Counsellors from BC independent schools. With...
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Last but certainly not least…University of San Diego

I have to admit that by the end of our tour, we thought we might have seen all that Southern California had to offer...
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University of California, San Diego

Back to California road trip: 11 college campuses in 5 days
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Five Colleges in Claremont, CA

What a bargain!  Seven colleges for the price of one!  Welcome to the Claremont Consortium located in the beautiful town of Claremont just 56...
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Cowboys, Samurai, and Manly Men – A Writing Seminar

Occidental College is located 8 miles from downtown LA, though I have to admit that we were never really sure where downtown LA actually...
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Chapman University – Orange, CA

Located about an hour and a half drive on the freeway from Los Angeles, Chapman was a real gem of a place. The people...
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Our First Stop – UCLA

UCLA is located very close to Beverly Hills and the campus visit was the first one on our itinerary. The campus itself is vast...
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Beauty, brains, and brawn at USC

Imagine getting credit towards your university degree for a course that entails listening to a talk given by a theatre critic followed up with...
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2012 Grad is Governer General’s Award Winner

Each year, SMUS is able to award one Governor General Award Bronze Medal to the graduating student with the highest academic average of the...
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The University of Toronto

The University of Toronto is one of Canada’s finest post-secondary institutions. Three campuses spread across the greater Toronto area serve more than 70,000 students...
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SMUS Senior Wins Scholarship to Attend Cambridge University

Keiler Totz is still a little in shock. Even though he submitted a very strong application to the Blyth Cambridge Commonwealth Trust scholarship competition,...
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Ahhh…January.

It’s a new year and things are cooking in the University Counselling Centre! To date, 37% of the graduating class is on record as...
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303 Million Jobs Worldwide by 2020

It is estimated that the number of jobs available in the Hospitality Industry will reach 303 million by the year 2020.  When you see...
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Interesting times in the Canadian post-secondary world

Here at SMUS, we are committed to preparing students for higher learning, whatever shape that may take. In this article printed in the Globe...
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Parent Presentation October 11, 2012

We were pleased to welcome more than 50 parents who attended the University Counselling Department's presentation on Thursday October 11, 2012. We gave an...
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US College Fair in Vancouver – Oct 24, 2012

For students applying to US colleges this fall, or thinking of it for next year, you have the chance to take part in a...
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Changes to Scholarships – UBC and Queens

University of British Columbia New this year - UBC's scholarship application process has changed! There is no restriction on the number of applications coming from...
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What do Coldplay, Ghandi and Alexander Graham Bell all have in common?

They all attended University College London! UCL visitor, Travis Edwards, popped by for a noon hour visit today.  While acknowledging that university rankings should be...
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A Student’s Take on Scottish Schools

Last week, SMUS hosted three university events: our annual IvyPlus Presentation, an Australian Universities Presentation and a Scottish Universities Presentation. Below, one of the...
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Ivy League take on testing (SAT, ACT, TOEFL/IELTS)

Following up on the blog last week about testing, it was interesting to hear one of the Ivy League presenters at SMUS last week...
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PRA, SAT & ACT on our campus

'Tis the season for sharpening pencils, filling in bubbles, and reasoning your way through problems! Many students applying to a US college or university...
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University of Miami – first college visitor of the year!

Palm trees, salsa, sunshine, sandy beaches are all obvious attractions at a Florida university but the University of Miami has much more than that...
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The Scots, The Ivys, and the Aussies

The week of September 17-21 will see visits from three wonderful groups of universities. These will be evening visits; all students and parents are...
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Selby Knudsen, SMUS 2011, at Boston University

The Honors College focuses on expanding our base of education and exposing us to new ideas. The freshman year is based on two different...
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Halifax

Our travels took us from Sackville to Antigonish to Halifax, where the average age of a Haligonian is 28, thanks in large part to...
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Smile, you’re at X

I’ll admit it. I was totally taken with St Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. The campus is beautiful, the facilities are all...
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Mount Allison University: $6 to anywhere

Sackville is a very small town nestled in rural New Brunswick, about thirty minutes from the Moncton airport. The town doubles in population when...
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Alumni and Students Connect Over Career Week

by Shayla Baumeler, Grade 10 This past week, the SMUS campus was flooded with returning alumni and community members. After weeks of planning and a...
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McGill: something for (almost) everyone, in and out of the bubble

Over the past four graduating classes, we have had an average of 47 students apply to McGill University each year (that’s a little less...
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Free rides, free spirits, and free lunches at Concordia University

If your parents are concerned about you getting enough vegetables while at university, let them know that Concordia University offers a free vegan lunch, Monday to...
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A university whose star is on the rise

What do Johnny Reid, the premier of PEI and the inventor of the "smart board" all have in common? They all went to the...
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Now that’s a big fish in a small pond.

Catching a sturgeon Vancouver Island University is full of surprises! Located in Nanaimo, it has a quite a large campus and a total student population...
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A Look Beyond the Bubble

For many SMUS students, the transition to university can be a jarring experience. After years of enjoying small class sizes, strong support from teachers...
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Everything Middle School parents want to know about University Counselling and applying to university

Dr. Whitney Laughlin, Director of University Counselling, will talk to Middle School parents 7 – 8 p.m. Monday May 7 in Copeland Lecture Theatre...
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Career Week at SMUS: April 30 – May 4

Next week, SMUS is hosting a series of career events over lunch. The timetable has been extended to give students a chance to attend...
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Update on UBC Admissions

Wednesday I attended a meeting of independent school counsellors in Vancouver with Andrew Arida, VP for Enrollment at UBC, to gain clarity on the...
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Australian Universities

Riding the ferry across Sydney Harbour to Manly beach on a warm July day, it is hard to believe that it is winter.  But...
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A different kind of summer school

In this past Saturday’s edition of the Globe and Mail, I came across an advertisement for the “Quantum Crytography School for Young Students”. I...
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Career Education – Cannexus 2012

Phil Jarvis thinks that a “Perfect Storm” is coming in the career and jobs market in Canada and the world. Jarvis, one of the...
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Which path will YOU choose?

In our roles as University Counsellors, Grade Advisors, and Planning/HCE teachers, particularly at this time of year, we have many conversations with students and...
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Cracking the SAT/ACT Code

by Zeyn Sen, Grade 10 student When I heard that the director of the Princeton Review was coming to SMUS to talk about the SAT...
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Snow, What Snow?

  For years, SMUS students have been hearing me say that one factor in deciding which university to apply to is their tolerance for Winter: ...
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Parents and Students Learn About The Admissions Game

by Christine Wenzel, parent This week, our University Counseling Department hosted Peter Van Buskirk, a dynamic motivational speaker and founder of The Admission Game. His...
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Cracking the SAT/ACT: How to Get Your Best Score

Jay Rosner, Executive Director of The Princeton Review Foundation, will be speaking to Senior School students and parents (Grades 9 - 11) on "Cracking...
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Upcoming Scholarships

With a possibility of snow flurries being forecast for this weekend, there is a corresponding flurry of scholarship possibilities for the winter term at...
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Special Speaker on US Admissions January 25th

Peter Van Buskirk, Author, Motivational Speaker, and Former Dean of Admission will be presenting on “ The Admission Game”, a lively interactive evening for: Middle...
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Dual BA Program Between Columbia and Sciences Po

Dual degree programs and cross-registration work very well for students who have multiple interests. Wilfrid Laurier University and Waterloo University offer dual degrees in...
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Myths about Preparing for Medical Schools

“We are looking for great students, not great doctors.” Many people assume the following about preparing for medical school: 1.You need to take a mostly science...
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St. Andrew’s/Edinburgh/Alberta Medical Program

The St Andrew's/Edinburgh/Alberta International Medical Program:  An exciting new program is now available which allows applicants hoping to practise medicine in Canada to study...
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Musings on Ontario Universities: Wilfred Laurier, Waterloo, Queen’s & OCAD

Late October in Ontario: crisp, sunny days, frost at night, and the leaves still turning. Wilfred Laurier, Waterloo, Queen's & OCAD: four very different universities...
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iSearch options for US Colleges

Like millions of others, I spend a little time with an iPhone and/or an iPad in hand. Okay, maybe more than a little. But,...
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New Requirements for Provincial Scholarships

This summer the Ministry of Education rolled out new eligibility requirements for Provincial Scholarships.  The most notable change for SMUS students is that AP...
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Why a Liberal Arts Education

In an economic downturn, the instinct is to turn towards “practical” courses that provide a student with a certain skill set. I would argue...
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Contemplating the Ivy League

by Zachary Santella, Grade 12 Unlike many, the Ivy League schools haven't always been my dream post-secondary institutions. In fact, I hadn't considered them as...
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California dreamin’

If you are considering applying to one of the University of California schools, you might consider registering for one of upcoming U of California...
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What About “Down Under”?

There are some excellent universities in Australia and New Zealand.  I recently visited two universities in Melbourne, Australia.  Victoria University is an 11-campus technical...
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Canadian vs. US Universities – Advantages and Disadvantages

This past Monday, I was interviewed on CBC’s “On the Island” on why, especially with a comparatively weak US Dollar, Americans would want to...
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The ACT Comes to SMUS

How much do you like to take multiple choice tests (especially when – gasp – you think your ENTIRE FUTURE DEPENDS UPON IT!!)? A. I...
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Scholarships – Getting Started in 2011-12

You will already know that the 2011 grads from SMUS earned a HUGE amount of scholarship money.  Read on if you would like to...
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How to Obtain Final Transcripts

The University Counselling Centre works hard to make sure that students’ final transcripts get to their respective universities at the end of each school...
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Ahh! Summertime!

Summer Doldrums?  Consider prepping for September 2011 As we are finishing another year, it may seem impossible that we should be considering September 2011, but...
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Studying in the UK and Ireland

There is an international educator’s conference in Vancouver in early June and this has given us the opportunity to invite a number of university...
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Let’s talk about TOEFL

It is Advanced Placement (AP) season around here and that has me thinking about all the different kinds of tests students take. Some are...

Students Talk About Career Day 2011

by Madison Hadfield The SMUS career event was a really cool afternoon that let SMUS students get in touch with professionals and learn about careers...
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Class of 2011 Surpasses $2 Million in Scholarship Offers

For only the second time in the school’s history, an SMUS graduating class has surpassed the $2 million level in entrance scholarship offers. The...
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Niche Degrees in the UK

In all areas of research, business, and institutional services, specialization is becoming more and more common.  Universities are responding to stated demand from students...
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SMUS Career Day 2011: Bigger and Better

Alumni Weekend has a new addition this year: an afternoon devoted to careers. Over 35 speakers – many of them alumni – will be...

University of Edinburgh (Scotland)

  The University of Edinburgh is located right on the edge of the Royal Mile, a stretch of road that goes from Edinburgh Castle, perched...
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University of St. Andrews (Scotland)

At the celebrations in February for the 600th anniversary of the University of St Andrews, Prince William said, “It is the greatest university on...
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Go for a test drive!

If you have some time over the break, why not take advantage of a campus tour for one of more of the universities you...
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University of Oxford, England

There is little distinction between the University of Oxford and the town of Oxford. The academic buildings are strewn throughout the historic town that...
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Alicia P. at the University of St. Andrews

While visiting the University of St. Andrews in Scotland last week, I had the chance to catch up with Alicia P. (Grad 2010) who...
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Why Have I Not Heard From UBC Yet?

Every year, SMUS sends many students to Vancouver and the University of British Columbia. Last year, more students entered UBC than any other university....
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Waiting, waiting…

It used to be that students would rush home every day to see whether an admissions decision had arrived by mail, and decide when...
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Something for everyone this month

Between now and the end of October, there are 15 university visits planned, in only 11 school days. If you are a SMUS student,...
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Finding your inner zagger at CUE

There was excellent chi in the gym last night for the Canadian University Event (CUE): free flowing energy from the admissions representatives, the parents,...
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California, here I come!

Applying to the University of California system as a non-California resident There are 9 undergraduate campuses and one graduate school campus (UC San Francisco) that...
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Investigating the Ivy League

by Olivia Krusel, Grade 12 student When one mentions the Ivy League, it automatically evokes images of prestigious higher-learning institutions, dark wood-paneled libraries, and secretive...
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A day with St. George’s, University of London

With programs ranging from medicine (including nursing) and biomedical science to radiography and physiotherapy, St. George's, University of London (SGUL) is a top-notch place to go....
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News from U Miami and U San Diego

University visitors from two of the sunniest places in North America U Miami (Juan Alverez) and U San Diego (Maria Malloy) kicked off our university visits...
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Is an Ivy League college your dream school?

SMUS is delighted to once again be the only stop on Vancouver Island for representatives from the “Ivy Plus” group of universities, which includes...
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SMUS Students Earn Dogwood Scholarships

A few weeks ago, SMUS students auditioned and were interviewed for the Dogwood Scholarships, which arehanded out to students who excel in a variety...
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Western and the “Affiliates”

After touring the University of Western Ontario (London, ON) last week, I came away with an enhanced understanding of the university as a whole,...
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The University of Cardiff

Situated in the largest centre in Wales, where we also find the Millennium Stadium (premier rugby facility), the Millennium Centre for the Performing Arts...
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University College, Dublin

Situated a short bus ride from Dublin's busy city center, UCD is a vibrant, comprehensive university buzzing with activity; the general tone is Up...
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Royal Holloway, University of London

My recent visit to RHUL convinced me that this college in the UOL collection is superb in every way!  Royal Holloway boasts the top...
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Residences at McGill

A student who'd just been accepted at McGill came into my office the other day to ask for my opinion about the different residences...
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Royal Veterinary College (England)

I had the opportunity last week to sit down with Nina Davies, Head of Undergraduate Student Recruitment, at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), located in...
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April: a month of opportunities

There are a number of events organized by the University Counselling Department this month. There will be annoucements to keep you in the loop but...
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How many universities should I apply to?

The answer to this question really depends on the student. It's important for students to research their choices and be aware of their goals...
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Researching business, architecture or engineering courses in the UK: a primer

If you are thinking of pursuing post-secondary studies in the UK, there are many considerations to be made. How long does the "course" (degree...
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You Tube and University Admissions

Checking out university and college admissions videos has become as much a part of the student process in researching prospective post-secondary choices as leafing...
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Decisions, Decisions

The Grade 12 class is entering a most exciting phase of their graduation year.  The class as a whole has sent off 900 applications...
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Camosun College in 2010: a great, local option

How little I knew about the 2010 version of Camosun College! Although the new information has been readily accessible, my understanding of what they...
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Business / Commerce Programmes at Canadian Universities

Students who wish to enter a business programme in Canada have a number of choices. Many university business programmes are direct-entry from high school,...
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So you want to be an architect…

Architecture is a key area of interest for many young adults considering a professional career path in a growing field.  In order to train...
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Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship

The Evans Caddie Scholarship, administered locally by the Victoria Golf Club is a very lucrative and generous tuition award ($50,000 over 4 years) tenable...
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A Women’s College? Why would I want to do that?

During my recent visit to the Bay area, I had the chance to spend a morning at Mills College, a women’s college located in...
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The Big Dig Scholarship

In 200 years, one of your relatives is going to be digging in what is now your backyard.  They are going to find something...
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Thinking of heading to “Nor Cal” for college?

  Well if you are, you have a lot of choice! Yesterday I visited U California Berkeley in the morning, and Stanford University in the...
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Some Observations from the Canadian Universities Event

McGill still requires that students take the credit for a first year course if they receive a 4 or a 5 on an AP...
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Looking for an inside scoop?

If you are wandering (or wading) through college or university websites, you might want to add a different approach to your virtual touring. There...
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What I have learned so far…

Well, after two months in the University Counselling office, I have had the opportunity to sit in on many university presentations. Most visits are a whirlwind...
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Mr. Humphries has a new #1!

One of the great things about working in University Counselling at SMUS is that during visits to great universities, I am repeatedly inspired and...
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Out of My League?

by Priya Mulgaonkar, Grade 11 student and editor of The Ivy Upon stepping into the gym, the crowd of eager parents and students was rippling...
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Should I Write My Provincial Exam?

Now that all Grade 12 provincial exams, except English, are optional to write, the question of whether to write or not is a tricky...
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The University of London

With 90,000 students studying an all-inclusive variety of subjects on 19 self-governing campuses, the University of London is a fascinating institution of higher learning. ...
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NYU Abu Dhabi

I recently returned from a trip to New York having attended a counsellor session hosted by NYU Abu Dhabi. Along with over 50 other...
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Find The Shoe That Fits

If all that mattered was how large a university is, then any top 100 list would read much differently than it does now.  Simply...
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Acadia University – Laptops and LEED

Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, is one of the many smaller universities chosen by SMUS students.  For several years now, one or two...
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Washington University in St. Louis

WUSTL is a university of high ideals for high achievers with high hopes.  Set in the fascinating hub city of St. Louis, at the...
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Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Fdn. Scholarship

The APEGBC offers a number of university entrance scholarships to graduating high school students who are entering UBC, UVIC, SFU and UNBC and are pursuing a...
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Back to the blog

Bonjour de Montreal!  Je m'excuse de n'écrivant pas. Okay, so maybe my French hasn't gotten much better... but at least I'm trying right? It's been far...
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Dr David Lane: From French Literature to Eye Surgery

Dr. David Lane Periodically, the school is fortunate enough to have alumni visit the school and make presentations to the student body...
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St. Andrew’s Attracts Students Like a Magnet

If you’ve seen “Chariots of Fire”, you’ll recognize the beach. Behind the photographer is the town of St. Andrew’s, the centre point of which...
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Miller Thomson Foundation Scholarship

The purpose of the Miller Thomson Foundation National Scholarship Programme is to encourage and promote the attainment of higher educational goals for individuals who...
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Long overdue

...September.  That’s pretty unacceptable.  I'm sorry for neglecting to write for such a long time. I hope to share much that’s happened since then, for...
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Coast Capital Scholarship

Coast Capital Savings is offering 32 Citizenship Awards valued at $2000 each to students who take a leadership role in their community while successfully...
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Dogwood/District Scholarships

The purpose of the Dogwood District Awards is to acknowledge superior achievement in four specialty areas:  Fine Arts, Physical Activity and Leadership, Second Languages...
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Is it Worth Applying to Harvard?

Recently I presented these interesting facts about Harvard applications to one of my Planning 12 classes.
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Welcome to Boston University

With several dozen post-secondary institutions in the greater Boston area, “Beantown” is a student-oriented city. With a great transport network, featuring the ‘T’ line...
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Canadian Universities Visit SMUS

Last week, hundreds of Senior School students and their parents spent an evening exploring their post-secondary options, as representatives from almost 40 Canadian universities...
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Stethoscopes, Lab Coats, and Cadavers.

I had spent the end of August and much of September hearing exciting stories from my friends who had all headed off to university...
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Herstmonceux Castle

Hey guys, hope everythings going well back home!  Sorry that I haven't posted anything in over a month, but I've been crazy busy over...
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Yale?

So I'm here.  It's unreal. Sorry it's taken me so long.  September is a crazy month.  I came during the last week of August for...
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Welcome to the Queen’s Family

Complete first week: check!  Meet new people: check!  Prepare for classes: check!  Download Skype (completely free way to video call worldwide): check!  Sleep: not...
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Hello from England!

Hey everybody, so I came over to England two days ago for vacation with my family (my school doesn't start here until Sept. 3)...
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Bienvenue a Montreal?

Well, I suppose I'll be the first to post... I moved to Montreal exactly a week ago.  I'm living in a condo two blocks away...
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Class of 2008 Shines in U Accepts and Scholarships

With scholarship notifications still coming in daily, the class of 2008 has already earned over $1.4 million, the third year in a row that...
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Canadian Universities Meet SMUS Students

by Greg Marchand, Head of University Counselling This Monday, over 400 students and parents came together in the Senior School gym to meet representatives from...
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Universities of the World Come to SMUS

For the past few weeks, SMUS has had even more going on during lunchtime than usual, as universities from around the world are paying...

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