Post-Secondary Planning…Graduation and Beyond
This will be an exciting year as seniors take their first steps into young adulthood and prepare to leave the nest. Senior year is both exciting and stressful, with many ups and downs. Please know that this is natural, and is symbolic of the major shift that is about to occur in the lives of both seniors and their families. It is beneficial to seniors in preparation for being on their own that they be independent and responsible for contacting colleges and completing applications themselves. Colleges are looking for mature, responsible young adults who have learned to work with deadlines and systems on their own. Once a student is in college, all communication is done directly with the student.
We have several events and points of contact to help seniors through this transition.
The future planning process, which for approximately 95% of Masconomet students means either a two or four-year college, begins immediately during the first full week of school. In small group meetings, we discuss the variety of post-secondary options available, especially college admissions.
During this meeting, seniors will each receive a “senior folder” containing:
- Masconomet Guidance Department’s college application procedures, including how to ask teachers for formal letters of recommendation
- Naviance guidelines specific to senior year including how to request transcripts
- Information regarding how to request test scores for the colleges from either the College Board or ACT
- The financial aid application timeline and process
- Résumé instructions and examples
After the group meetings, each senior is expected to make a full-period appointment with his/her guidance counselor to discuss individual plans and goals. This meeting should occur before October 31. We expect students to share information from guidance with their parents, including the senior folder, which is available on Naviance. Please be aware that seniors can come to see their counselors at any time should they have follow-up questions. We are here to help!
Guidance also runs informational meetings for parents of seniors, including Senior Parents’ Night, which will occurs in September, and Financial Aid night, which will be held in November.