Thursday, June 21, 2018

Pre-College Talk To Have With Your Student

The school year has ended, graduation has commenced and rising college freshman are getting geared up for orientation.  Exciting!  While students are hit with conversations about college schedules, financial aid, dorms, meal plans, etc., there is another talk that could be helpful as your student begins to navigate the college experience.

The LA Times released an article that shed some light on how students handle the mental health aspect of transitioning to college.  When I went to college (years ago) there were lots of chats in my home about a budget, smart choices, and GRADES.  The mental health and transition piece was never discussed.  In the article below, it shares some pretty astounding numbers that students would benefit from hearing how to navigate the emotional experience that they will encounter as they go off to college.  If you have a graduated senior/rising college freshman, this would be a great read!

The Tough Pre-College Talk I wish My Parents Had Initiated

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Hopkins Overnight Multicultural Experience

Dear Colleague,
We hope you are enjoying the start of summer! Last month, we emailed you about the Hopkins Overnight Multicultural Experience (HOME) on September 27–September 29, 2018, and we're excited to announce that applications for this event are now open.
HOME is an on-campus, overnight program connecting African American, Black, Latinx/Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander, and multiracial high school seniors to the clubs, organizations, and resources that unite our multicultural community. This is an opportunity for students to get a first-hand look at what Hopkins is all about, from academics to life outside the classroom, as they spend time on our campus and hear from our current students.
Students who are accepted to the HOME program will learn more about the university's commitment to underrepresented students. With offices dedicated to celebrating and supporting students of all backgrounds, initiatives to recruit more faculty members of color, and the most diverse incoming class to date, Hopkins seeks to foster a diverse and inclusive campus community. We hope you will encourage your talented rising seniors to apply for this opportunity.
Space for HOME is limited and an application is required. Students interested in participating should visit the HOME website for more information and to apply.
Please share this information with any seniors you think would be a good match for HOME. If you or your students have any additional questions, please contact us at We hope your students will choose to apply for this unique overnight experience at Johns Hopkins!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Starting the College Conversation? A Must Read For Every Parent!

Georgia Tech recently released an article that touches base on an area that we want to ensure that parents and students are very aware- college selectivity.  North Oconee has some amazing students that are doing amazing things, yet, they may not get into the college of their choice for various reasons.  Rick Clark, Admissions Director for Georgia Tech, does an amazing job of conveying the most important message surrounding college admission and your student.  You want your student to know that no matter what happens in life that you love them and are proud of them doing their best.  So many times we hear students who feel that they have let their parents down by not earning acceptance to a particular college or major.  Wherever your student is applying, please convey the message that you will accept them no matter their test scores or GPA.  The college admission process can be tough and this article does a great job of helping parents put the process in perspective for their students.  Enjoy the moments that you have exploring the options and help them navigate the school that is truly the best "fit" for them!

Check out the article below:

Monday, June 11, 2018

New Post From UGA Admissions: DIY Admissions

UGA has released two timely blog posts regarding their admission process.  Rising seniors- check it out and take the wheel of your process!

DIY Admissions

UGA 2019 Freshman Essay Topics

Saturday, June 9, 2018

It's Summertime ----But NOHS Is Still A Happening Place!

It is the summer and we do hope that you are relaxing and enjoying time with friends and family!  While you are resting and relaxing, there are still tons of things happening at NOHS and we don't want you to miss out!

  •  Parking Passes- check out the link on the school website to see when you can get your parking pass
  • Senior Portraits- if you are a senior, you should have received notice of the date and time for your senior picture.  If you have forgotten your appointment date and time please check the link on the yearbook blog,

  • Schedules- Schedules are expected to go live July 9th.  Students should be able to access their schedules for the 2018/2019 school year at that time.

Could You Be An Engineer Girl?

Female students that are interested in learning more about the EngineerGirl program, please check out the link below.  Once you have reviewed the materials, if you are still interested in applying for the program, please reach out to for more details.

Engineer Girl Ambassador Program

Parent Advice for Teenage Dating

Every stage of parenting has aspects that get easier and other areas that are more difficult to navigate. If your child is entering the dating or "talking" phase, the article below is for you.  The American Counseling Association released a blog post that provides tips to help you guide your teen through the dating scene.  We hope that summer love is easier to navigate with this tool in your toolkit!

How To Help Your Teen Date Responsibly