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New Salem - November 22, 2006

Counselorís Corner

By Dr. Gaylynn Becker
National Certified Career Counselor
New Salem High School

Financial Aid Night
This yearís Financial Aid Night is at 7:00 P.M. Sunday, December 17th, 2006 in the New Salem High School ITV Room. Between the 4 schools participating in it each year, it is difficult to pick a time without a major conflict in school activities. As a result, we decided to try a Sunday night this year and see how it works.

Sandy Klein will be our presenter. She will go through the entire Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application is what is required to be completed and submitted for the following:
1. Federal subsidized loans
2. Federal grants
a. PELL Grants
b. SEOG Grants
3. Federal work-study, and more.
This meeting is for the parents of seniors, seniors, and anyone who hasnít previously attended college to come and learn how to make college more affordable. See you there.

College application process
Those seniors who have already applied to the college(s) of their choice are doing themselves a big favor. These students will have preference for scholarships for which they qualify. Secondly, they will also have residence hall priority while in college. This is because colleges assign a number based upon the residence hall application date. Thirdly if this activity is already completed, it is one less thing on their list of things to do their senior year.

I strongly recommend those who havenít yet applied for college admission, college scholarships, and residence hall applications to apply as soon as possible.

American Education Week
Last week was American Education Week. I did some thinking and completed 2 apples and posted on my bulletin board outside my office. My three most memorable experiences in my high school days were:
1. Activities
2. Activities, &
3. Activities.
Itís what high school is about. I have many memorable experiences from these activities. Activities build relationships with other students and leaders (coaches, and the captain), builds sportsmanship, instills teamwork, and of course some fun and great memories. I hope students who havenít been active in activities consider participating and those who have been going out for activities to continue to do so.

Deer Hunters!
Congratulations for those young hunters who have bagged their deer! For those who havenít and are still hunting, please exercise safety these last 5 days of the season. And, to those more mature hunters who are still young at heart - good luck!

For more information on career information and links, please go to If you have any questions on career, counseling, or assessment topics, please contact me at either New Salem High School at 843-7610, or at my residence at 222-3222.

Have an excellent Thanksgiving!