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Course Planning: All Eyes on September

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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

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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

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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 to Get a Great Letter of Reference from a Teacher

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Asking a high school teacher for a letter of reference is a crucial step to help make your university or scholarship application stand out

Marching Toward Grad 2017

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We hosted our annual Grade 12 Student and Parent Information Evening last week to help students and parents prepare for the year ahead. If...
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University Prep: Our Top 10 Tips for Summer!

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

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

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We hosted two events on Tuesday, May 24 with the goal of helping grade 12 students and their parents prepare for the next phase...
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Beyond the Bubble: Making a Successful Transition to University Life

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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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University Pre-Requisites: The Devil is in the Details

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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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A panoply of choice!

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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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It’s the most wonderful time of the year … to be in Grade 12!

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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

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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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Grad 2016, Start Your Engines!

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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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The perfect addition to summer vacation!

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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

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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...

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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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Summer study opportunities

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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

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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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Helping your Child Transition to University

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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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Ready, set, apply!

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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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Post-Secondary Transition Talk Without the Fluff

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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

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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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PRA, SAT & ACT on our campus

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'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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Update on UBC Admissions

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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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Which path will YOU choose?

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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

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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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Parents and Students Learn About The Admissions Game

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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

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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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Special Speaker on US Admissions January 25th

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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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Myths about Preparing for Medical Schools

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“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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iSearch options for US Colleges

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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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Why a Liberal Arts Education

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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

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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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The ACT Comes to SMUS

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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

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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

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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!

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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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Let’s talk about TOEFL

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

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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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Investigating the Ivy League

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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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