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New Salem - September 3, 2008

Counselor’s Corner

© 2008 Dr. Gaylynn Becker
National Certified Career Counselor
National Certified School Counselor
New Salem High School

Important Dates and Events for Seniors

Congratulations seniors! It is your final year of high school. I realize a few of you plan to either join the military or go right into the workforce. However, most of you plan to attend a post-secondary institution. If you are uncertain as to what you want to do after high school and you need more assistance in your career planning, please stop in my office so I can further assist you.

Important Dates/Events
I’ve developed the following list of important dates and events in a timeline to assist most of you and your parents in your post-secondary planning. Please add additional items to your list.

September 18, 2008 ..College Career Fair at Century High School
September 18, 2008 ..Bismarck State College Campus Visit
October 25, 2008 ......ACT Test Date
November 24, 2008 ...Financial Aid Night @ 7:00 - ITV Room
December 13, 2008 ...ACT Test Date
February 7, 2009 .......ACT Test Date
February 1, 2009 .......have IRS forms completed for a chance at state grants
March 1, 2009 ...........submit FAFSA forms online for a chance at state grants
April 4, 2009 .............ACT Test Date
May 17, 2009 ............High School Graduation!
June 13, 2009 ...........ACT Test Date

Monthly Timeline For Seniors
Below is a timeline I have compiled to assist seniors and their parents in planning.

Every Month
1. Check for scholarships @ A weekly scholarship is awarded to a student who is registered on this site.
2. Check Dr. Becker’s College Scholarship Lists & apply for some scholarships
3. Ask others for assistance when you need it
4. Do your best in school, home, community, & life

September – October
1. Check your transcript to see that you have all the credits needed for graduation
2. Register for any correspondence courses needed
3. Attend College Career Fair Day
4. Bismarck State College Campus Visit
5. Apply for college admission
6. Apply for college scholarships through your college
7. Apply for residence hall admission
8. Take the ACT – unless already taken
9. Update your Career Planning Portfolio
10. Update or create your resume
11. Campus visit during NDEA Instructional Conference
12. Job Shadow during NDEA Instructional Conference
13. Plan to take a CLEP Test for college credit

November – December
1. Attend Financial Aid Night – November 24th
(This is for both seniors & their parents. This is how one applies for federal loans & grants.)
2. Take the ACT – unless already taken
3. Campus visit
4. Job shadow
5. Check for confirmation on college admission
6. Many colleges begin to award scholarships

January – February
1. Apply for federal student aid (FAFSA)
2. Transcript review of classes needed to graduate
3. Transcript review of class rank and GPA
4. Check the confirmation on college admission
5. Campus visit
6. Job shadow

March – April
1. Complete and mail the FAFSA if not already done
2. Update your Career Planning Portfolio
3. Update your resume
4. Take the ACT

May – June
1. Review & return Financial Aid Package from colleges
2. Take appropriate CLEP tests for college credit
3. Finalize your post-secondary plans
4. Graduate!

Seniors, I hope you continue to plan for your futures. Utilize your available resources such as parents, teachers, counselors, and of course your friends. Dream, plan, achieve, and you will succeed in realizing your “Field of Dreams.”

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

Have an excellent academic day!