October 2016 eNewsletter: From the Counseling Office

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This month is filled with upcoming events from the Counseling Office. Don’t miss out on these opportunities to learn about the college application process and how OLP is helping our girls prepare for the future.

FAFSA PRESENTATION: Senior Parents: the Counseling Office will be holding a FAFSA Presentation on Thursday, October 13, at 6:30 pm. The Assistant Financial Aid Director from the University of San Diego will be reviewing FAFSA and the college financial aid process in general. Attendance at this presentation is especially important this year, as the Class of 2017 will be the first high school cohort to file the FAFSA on a new timeline using Prior-Prior Year tax data, and students will be able to file for aid beginning October 1, a full three months earlier than previously allowed. Remember, completing the FAFSA is essential for securing most types of financial aid for college, and it is important that students file as soon as they are able because money is limited in some instances. If you file your application late, you run the risk of finding out that certain funds—such as work-study awards—are already gone. The CSS PROFILE (where students apply online for nonfederal financial aid from almost 400 colleges, universities, professional schools, and scholarship programs) and the Cal Grant Program are also opening October 1.

COLLEGE FAIR: The Annual OLP College Fair will be here in just a few weeks! Scheduled for Wednesday, October 19, from 6:30 pm. to 8:30 pm, our fair is something you don’t want to miss. Approximately 115 institutions of higher learning from across the U.S. and internationally will be in attendance, making this the perfect opportunity to speak to a large number of admissions representatives all at once. Please check the OLP website in early October to view the schools we are expecting and make a list of the ones you want to approach. All are welcome—please save the date and get ready to participate!

COFFEE WITH COUNSELORS REMINDER: The next Coffee with Counselors event is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 8:00 am, to discuss the book “Untangled” by Lisa Damour. More information and a link to RSVP were sent to all parents on September 20, so please let us know if you plan to attend.

NEW LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CLASS: The OLP Counseling Department has teamed up with our Religion Department to offer a new leadership development class as a senior-year religion elective called “Discipleship Practicum.” The 26 students taking the class, known on campus as “Senior Mentors,” meet every B Block to learn and refine their group facilitation skills, explore their spirituality, and plan and facilitate a myriad of activities for our students aimed at promoting spiritual and emotional health and wellbeing. Our Senior Mentors will be conducting the following programs this year:

  • Freshman Retreat – a day-long retreat for all 9th graders
  • Junior Retreat – an overnight retreat in Julian for all 11th graders
  • Grade-level Workshops – all-class workshops to explore topics unique to that grade level
  • Wellness Wednesdays – an “off the grid” monthly co-curricular option that provides students space and time to just “be.” Activities may include meditation, yoga, coloring, listening to music, dance, etc.
  • Teen Talks – Small group presentations and discussions on issues pertinent to teenage girl life (i.e. dating, nutrition, self-defense, healthy friendships, stress management, etc.)
  • All-School Assemblies and Small Group Discussions – Our upcoming all-school assembly, scheduled for Thursday, October 20, welcomes speakers Steve and Elizabeth Wampler, who will share their incredible journey of overcoming obstacles, embracing diversity and having faith be stronger than fear.

For questions or more information, please contact your daughter’s respective counselor. You can find out who your daughter’s counselor is here.