College Bound: The Universities You Do (Or Don’t) Get Into Do Not Define You

Every year, college acceptance letters start hitting the mailboxes. While this can be a very stressful time in your educational career, it is also a time to step back and look at the big picture for your future college successes!

While many students are intimidated by the idea of college, especially when it comes to their dream schools, it is important to keep a positive attitude. The schools you do and don’t get into do not define who you are as a student or individual. Here are a few tips about college admissions results: 

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Don’t Take It Personally:
Remember; whether you are crying tears of joy or sorrow, your admissions decisions do not define who you are. Getting in doesn’t mean life’s doors are now open to you without effort and drive. Being rejected doesn’t mean that all of your dreams are no longer important. No matter what your envelope says, you endured an extensive and exhausting process – congratulations!

Visit The Prospective Campuses, Again:
Once you figure out which campuses are potential, visit them again! Spend all day on the different campuses and see what interests you the most or see what different amenities they have that will help you succeed as a student. You may find yourself learning new things about the campus that you didn’t know before!

Celebrate:
Whether it is your first choice or your fifth choice, take pride in that a school you applied to wants to extend acceptance to you. This is something to be proud of. Your hard work has paid off! And we are all PROUD of you!

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College acceptance letter season is a time where you should remain confident in who you are as a person and everything you have accomplished thus far in your life. You have dedicated so much time and energy into your schooling; be proud of yourself and congratulations!

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Christian Service & Activities in the OC

Did you know that at JSerra Catholic High School there is a Christian Service requirement? The Christian Service Program is an essential part of the JSerra experience. This aspect of a JSerra education is integral to the religious and spiritual formation of our students. The service experience will be fulfilled through projects done with the approval of the Head of Faith Formation. The service program is a requirement for graduation and consists of a minimum of 20 hours per year to be completed during the school year or during the summer. To help you out, here are a few examples of organizations you can work with.

 

Feeding America
Feeding America’s mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. You can volunteer at a local food bank or even host your own canned food drive! For more information, click here!

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(Photo Credit: Feeding America)

RAD Camp
Serving adults and children with developmental disabilities, RAD Camp ensures that every participant is treated with respect, while encouraging independence, growth, and FUN! Most importantly, at RAD Camp we focus on each camper’s ability – not disability – and are dedicated to making sure each participant has a great time in a safe and caring environment. RAD Camp provides two summer camps each year. RAD Camp, held the first week of July, serves adults 18 years of age and older. RAD JR. is held the second week in August and serves children, 4 to 17 years of age. Ran by two Orange County Catholic High School alumnae, it is a wonderful opportunity to serve the Lord and give back to others. For more information on volunteer opportunities with RAD, click here!

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(Photo Credit: RAD Camp)

Host a Beach Clean Up
If you like being outside, then volunteering at a beach cleanup may be the thing for you! There are many organizations that perform beach cleanups! We were so excited to have the Rob Machado Foundation visit our school during homecoming week in the fall to help our students understand their contribution toward a healthy Earth. There are always opportunities for beach clean-ups and habitat restoration with their support! The HB Surfrider Foundation also has a list of several options for you to participate in different cleanup opportunities!

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(Photo Credit: Surfrider

These are just three of the many volunteer opportunities that are around you! The school provides a list of approved organizations with which the students are able to work. Students are welcome to suggest other organizations not listed on the school’s approved list, but such opportunities must be approved by the Head of Faith Formation in order for the hours to count towards the student’s requirement. Each student will be asked to include a reflection with the submission of their hours, which will discuss their successes, frustrations, and the values learned during their time of service.

 

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JSerra Winter Signing Day 2015

Every year, we see students reach their potential and show the world who they are as individuals. Our Lions are first and foremost students, but they are also outstanding in other aspects of their lives! We are proud of the following students who signed their letters of intent to the universities of their dreams in February 2015!

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Boys Soccer:

Ether Bustos – California State University at Fullerton

Ivan Canales – University of California at Irvine

Julian Font – University of California at Irvine

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Football:

Aaron Matthews – Lindenwood University

Brody Barrett – Appalachian State University

D.J. Bailey – Harvard

Nick Robinson – University of Georgia

Sam Philippi – University of Pennsylvania

Tucker Squires – University of Chicago

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Girls Soccer:

Brooke Kunzelman – Air Force

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Girls Volleyball:

Kayla DeMari – Hawai’i Pacific University

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Congratulations! Always remember that everyone at JSerra will be rooting you on in your future endeavors. We know you will make us proud!

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How To Find The Right University For You

The college application process is difficult; however, sometimes the decision process can be even harder. Yes, it is nice to have received an acceptance letter(s) to the school(s) of your choice, but now it is time to make the decision to where you will spend the next 4 years of your college career. We also understand that this choice can put a lot of pressure on you. If you’re having a tough time deciding where to attend in the fall, here are a few tips to choosing the right university for you!

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Think About What Is Important To You
This is a huge, important decision. It is smart to take a step back and breath for a minute. Ask yourself, why you initially choose to apply to these schools. What was important to you when you applied to them back then? Was it a program? A club? Close to home? These are all factors that will have an effect on your final decision.

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Visit The School
Many, if not most, colleges and universities offer campus tours. In fact, many campuses have special days dedicated to those students who have interest in attending their university. You may find yourself feeling out of place or not at home when you visit certain schools, but if you visit the school and it feels like home for you, it will narrow down your choices. The school you choose will be your home away form home for these next few years.

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Consider Curriculum and Your Future Career
College is a place to prepare you for your future. Look at the curriculum. Do the schools offer any classes you are yearning to take? Do they seem challenging and like a good learning experience for you? Do your research because it will help you determine which campuses will provide you with the classes to help pursue your career dreams.

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Think About Student Resources
Student resources will play a colossal role in your college successes. Do they have a career center? A library? A student union? Many college career centers have resume building workshops, provide lists of internship opportunities, and perform mock interviews to help prepare you for future interviews. A library is important because you will spend many hours studying there, this also goes for the student union. These often have study rooms, food restaurants, and places to relax while on campus.

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Deadlines for decisions are quickly approaching! Do the research now and go on campus tours. Now is the time to ask all the questions you have. Use the time you have left to research the different aspects of a college atmosphere that are truly the most important to you. Good luck!

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Become a Lion – How to Apply!

Do you want to be a part of the Lion family but have no idea where the application process begins? Below you can find a step-by-step list on how to apply to JSerra Catholic High School. As an applicant, you have two different options to complete the application process.

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The first and most convenient method of Application for Admissions would be to apply online.

  1. Click here to complete and electronically submit the Application for Admissions form and Records Release form. You will also be able to pay the $65.00 application fee online.
  2. Incoming Freshman Only – Download the English Recommendation & Math Recommendation forms, and print the prospective student’s information at the top of each form. Submit the forms to the appropriate teachers, and be sure to include a self-addressed stamp envelope for each teacher to mail upon completion. Please mail to:

JSerra Catholic High School

Attn: Karen Testa

26351 Junipero Serra Road

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

  1. Incoming Freshman Only – All 9th grade applicants are required to take the entrance examination. Plan for the entrance examination, which will take place on January 31, 2015 and February 7, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. An Application for Admission must be on file in the Admissions Office prior to taking the entrance exam. There is no need to RSVP. The Entrance Examination administered is the High School Placement Test (HSPT), produced by Scholastic Testing Service. The exam measures: verbal and quantitative skills, reading comprehension, vocabulary. For more information on the Entrance Examination, please click here.

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The second method of completing the Application for Admissions would be to apply by mail.

  1. Download, print, and complete theApplication for Admission 2014-2015 or Application for Admission 2015-2016.
  2. Download, print, and complete theRecords Release 
  3. Mail the appropriate Application for Admission and Records Release forms with a check made payable to JSerra Catholic High school for $65.00:

JSerra Catholic High School

Attn: Karen Testa

26351 Junipero Serra Road

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

  1. Incoming Freshmen Only– Download the English Recommendation and Math Recommendation forms, and print the prospective student’s information at the top of each form. Submit the forms to the appropriate teachers, and be sure to include a self-addressed stamped envelope for teachers to mail upon completion.  Please mail to:

JSerra Catholic High School

Attn: Karen Testa

26351 Junipero Serra Road

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

  1. Incoming Freshmen Only All 9th grade applicants are required to take the entrance examination. Plan for the entrance examination which will take place on January 28, 2015 and February 7, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to 11L30 a.m. An Application for Admission must be on file in the Admissions Office prior to taking the entrance exam. There is no need to RSVP. The Entrance Examination administered is the High School Placement Test (HSPT), produced by Scholastic Testing Service. The exam measures: verbal and quantitative skills, reading comprehension, vocabulary. For more information on the Entrance Examination, please click here.

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Here are some important dates for applicants:

  • Application for Admissions Deadline – Jan. 28
  • Entrance Exam #1 – High School Placement Test (HSPT) – Jan. 31 @ 7:30 – 11:30AM
  • Entrance Exam #2 – High School Placement Test (HSPT) – Feb. 07 @ 7:30 – 11:30AM
  • Incoming Student Information Night – April 16 @ 6:30 – 8:30PM

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We understand that the application process can be overwhelming. Please feel free to reach out for assistance at any point during this process by contacting a member of the Admissions Team.

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