JSerra Students Acknowledge Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The volunteers with the CEO – Gloria, who’s been working at Mary’s Kitchen for years.

Monday, January 28, the JSerra Counseling Department honored Martin Luther King, Jr. by making what was a student holiday a “day on, not a day off”.  Six JSerra students; Taylor Santore, Elise de Bie, Christina Desmond, Tony Desmond, Jaqueline Xu, and Arman Ashrafian joined the Counseling Department and volunteered at Mary’s Kitchen in Orange, a Catholic nonprofit organization.

Taylor Santore ’13, speaks about her experience at Mary’s Kitchen:

I chose to volunteer on my day off.  Since it was a four-day weekend and I only had winter formal shopping to do, I thought it would be a more meaningful way to spend the weekend and I’m glad I did it.

We had the chance to serve about 150 homeless men and women.  We helped in the kitchen, unpacked food, served lunch, and sorted clothes to distribute to the homeless.  I was even asked to pray before serving the meal. This was the first time I spoke in front of that many people.

It was humbling to be reminded that there is this whole other world of poverty that we hardly see. It would be great if these volunteer opportunities continued at JSerra.  We got the chance to work with really neat and wise volunteers.  Some of the regular volunteers mentioned that Mary’s Kitchen had gone from experiencing days where only one person would come in to volunteer to a regular crew of volunteers.

On the days where there was only one volunteer, friends would be called in to help.  It seemed like everyone who had a chance to help for a day, loved it so much that they became regulars and returned often.  Mary’s Kitchen is doing a great job at providing meals for the local homeless.  They were even willing to provide us with meals and snacks all day, which were actually very delicious.

We had a pretty small turnout this year, but hopefully we can send more students with the counselors to Mary’s Kitchen to volunteer in the future.  I know a lot of kids wait to get involved, but I encourage people to start volunteering early on so you can really build a relationship with the place you are volunteering with.

I wish I had found Mary’s Kitchen sooner because I would have loved to spend a lot of my Christian Service hours there. I know I would love to return to Mary’s Kitchen to serve, like the many other volunteers before me.  It’s just that kind of place.

The Counseling Department is looking forward to returning to Mary’s Kitchen.  Look out for the next email from Mrs. Huie calling for volunteers if you would like to get involved.

To learn more about Mary’s Kitchen or to volunteer please visit the Mary’s Kitchen website.

For photos from Mary’s Kitchen visit JSerra Counseling on Facebook. 

College Awareness Night is Back

Join the JSerra counseling department for College Awareness Night on Thursday, September 20 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the Center Room.

College Awareness Night will host nine different speakers presenting on various topics that will help prepare you for the college admissions process.

Sessions include: Building Your College List, Tips for Getting the Most Financial Aid, Constructing an Effective College Essay, The College Interview and more. Parents and students will be able to attend three different sessions of their choice.

Please see the attached document for more details. Please RSVP by Tuesday, September 18, to mmurphy@jserra.org.

A Message from JSerra Counseling

Students if you are you taking the ACT in April or June consider attending the ACT Bootcamp. Learn all the strategy you will need to succeed on the ACT.

Catalyst’s ACT expert will teach you how to decipher the ACT’s seemingly confusing science passages, how to shortcut ACT math questions that stump 90% of test takers, how to zero in on key information in long, tedious, ACT reading passages.

When: Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1 at
9 a.m.-1 p.m. both days – students should attend both sessions.

Where: JSerra Center Room

Session is $165 per student, this includes both sessions.

Visit http://www.CatalystPrep.com or call 800-235-0056 to register. Visit the counseling center for more information, and visit JSerra Counseling on Facebook.

Case Studies Program Opens New Doors

The JSerra Counseling Department hosted its first annual Case Studies Program where the roles were flipped to allow students and parents to experience what it would be like to be an admissions counselor.

Students and parents were broken up into small groups with college representatives from across the country to make admissions decisions on four students. Students and parents received an insider’s view on the admissions process and what they consider when admitting and denying students.

“We all agreed it was a great program and a very worthwhile evening for all of us. The case study exercise, the summary slide presentation, and the opportunity to talk to the various college representatives were interesting and useful in educating us about the application process and the colleges them selves,” one parent stated.

“My children went away with two new colleges added to their list of potential colleges that were not previously under consideration. Thank you for providing such opportunities for us to learn more about how to help our children succeed in getting into the school(s) of their choice.”

Stay tuned for the next Case Studies Program in Spring 2013.

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College Case Studies Program Comes to JSerra

College applications can be stressful and a bit nerve wrecking, but JSerra Counseling is here to help.

Join the JSerra Counseling department as they host the first College Case Studies Program, March 7, 2012.  College representatives will lead parents and students through a mock admissions committee using mock applications. The exercise will point out the intricacies of the process and the importance of assembling a strong application.

Guests will gain insight and understanding as to what is valued in the application. RACC concludes the Case Study with either a mini college fair or a panel discussion.

For more information or to RSVP please contact Michelle Murphy at mmurphy@jserra.org by March 5.