guiding the students and parents of North Oconee

guiding the students and parents of North Oconee since 2004

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

ASVAB sign up

Do you have a student that is interested in the military?  Not sure of their career path?  The ASVAB is an assessment that can provide a great amount of information in regards to career interest areas. If your student is interested in taking the ASVAB, we will offer this exam on October 27th at 8:30 am at the Civic Center. Please complete the form below to register for this exam.

ASVAB registration

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Who Am I? Am I Mediocre? If so, what does that mean?

As the college admissions season begins to go into overdrive various admission offices begin to crank out excellent advice on the college process.  We follow several of those blogs in the counseling office and find the insight that they provide through social media to be very powerful and insightful.  One such article was included in Georgia Tech's admission blog this week.  As I reviewed the article, I began to reflect on how many of our students feel that they are mediocre and not performing as well as their peers.  When the truth of the matter is that they are a stellar student that possesses many talents.  They get so caught up in what other students are doing that they end up trying to keep up with others that have very different goals than them.

We talk in our counseling and faculty meetings about school culture and how we wish our students would focus on pushing themselves to their personal limit and not their peers.  This article articulates beautifully, in my opinion, what the purpose of education should be about-personal growth and challenge.  Whether you have a student that is a freshman or a senior, this article can help guide them on their journey.  Take the most challenging courses that you can and do the best that you can, but at the end of the day, I hope that they begin to find out who they are and what their place is in this community and world.

What I Learned From Feeling Mediocre

Georgia Tech Admissions Blog

Presbyterian College visit on August 31st

Would you like to learn more about what PC has to offer?  If so, complete the registration form below.  Meghan Tague will be on campus August 31st during Titan Time to present information and answer student questions.  This session will be held in the PLC, which is located beside the counseling office.

Presbyterian College Visit Form

Auburn University is coming to NOHS!

During Titan Time on August the 30th, Holley Springfield from Auburn University will be visiting NOHS.  If Auburn has made your possible college dream list, please register for this event by completing the form below:  This session will be held in the PLC, which is located beside the counseling office.

Do You Want To Be A Dawg?

The University of Georgia Admissions office is headed to NOHS on August 29th during Titan Time.  If you would like the opportunity to learn more about UGA and their admissions requirements, please sign up by using the form below.  This session will be held in the PLC, which is located beside the counseling office.

University of Georgia Visitation Form

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

College Admissions and The Olympics- Why They Aren't Fair

The conference requests for senior meetings, emails to discuss letters of recommendation, and transcript requests have already hit our office.  It is official!  College application season is upon us.  As we begin the rat race, Georgia Tech's admissions blog has written a very poignant article regarding the selectivity of their institution.  While the article is written by the Admissions Office of Georgia Tech, this great advice can apply to a variety of highly selective colleges across the country.  If a student is applying to a school that has a dismal acceptance rate, this article is for you!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Do you want to be in the loop?

We often hear from parents that high school is not what it used to be.  I can't think of a truer statement!  There are a vast amount of opportunities that our students can take advantage of but timing and knowledge are critical to not missing out.  How does one stay in the loop?  By joining the guidance blog and attending our parent nights.

Our first round of parent nights will start Tuesday, August 16th.  The freshman parent night will begin at 6:00 pm in the Fine Arts Auditorium.  We will follow that meeting with a college panel.  Our panel for the evening of the 16th will consist of UGA, 5 points test prep, an alumni, Berry College, and UNG.  This panel will provide a wealth of tips and information that can become very useful with the college application process.  The evening will end with our 11th grade parent night that will begin at 7:30 pm.  Students are highly encouraged to attend.

We will have our second and final round of parent meetings on the following Tuesday, August 23rd.  We will follow a schedule similar to the one from the 16th (listed above).  The 10th grade parent night will begin at 6:00 pm followed by a college panel at 7:00 pm.   The college panel for the 23rd will consist of similar participants- UGA, 5 points, alumni, and UNG.  The Senior parent meeting will follow the college panel presentation at 7:30 pm.

We look forward to seeing you there!