College and Career Center
From the College and Career Center
Ms. Karabelas, College Counselor
PLEASE NOTE: My office has been relocated to room 143
Welcome Back Students and Parents! Thank you for visiting the new college office website! I am looking forward to working with you this year and helping you achieve your educational and/or vocational goals. I am here to also help ALL students get a head start on planning for life after High School. It's never to early to ask questions, search careers and colleges, and apply for scholarships! On this page you will find very important information, resources, and opportunities to help you prepare for college and your career. Take a Look around!
You can also now visit the New Resource Center and Work Room (also in room 143), where you can skim through college brochures, find answers to common questions, and work on your college and financial aid applications. We will be up and running in just a few weeks!
I can be reached quickly by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Phone Number: (718) 937- 3010 x. 1431
Office Hours: Monday- Friday, 7:40 am- 2:50 pm , except period 7
Resource Center/ Work Room: Monday - Friday 7:45 am- 2:45 pm. Closed period 7
STUDENTS: Receive Updates and Reminders with Text and the Remind App
Class of 2018: Remind App code: a49dca -or- TEXT @a49dca to 81010
Class of 2019: Remind App code: 6c6f3a -or- TEXT @6c6f3a to 81010
Civil Service Exam Announcements
Many types of jobs are available through our city's services as a city employee. To be considered, you must complete a civil service examination. The Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) accepts applications for the civil service examinations in various jobs monthly. Check out the links below for this month's exams and job openings.
College Fairs and Open Houses
Interested in visiting a particular college? Visit their website and register for an upcoming open house! You can usually find this information under the admissions page or prospective students page.
Can't make a college's open house? It's OK! Contact their admissions office and inquire about setting up an appointment, or ask about getting a quick tour with a student ambassador.
Extracurricular Activities - Boost Your Resume !
Teen Internship Program at the Brooklyn Library- Open to grades 10-12. You can choose to focus on digital media, youth and family services, humanities and more! Gain volunteer experience while earning a stipend ( a small allowance) $$ . Visit their website or call them at (718) 230-2406 to learn more and apply.
Student Career Conference- By New York Women in Communication: The premiere organization for communications professionals in NY. Women representatives from MTV, Google, Vice, HBO, LinkedIn, and ABC will all be there sharing their experiences and advice on college and careers in a variety of communication fields. The event is free to the first 30 high school students who register. Saturday, November 18th, 8am- 5pm, at NYU downtown, and includes both breakfast and lunch. Register at: nywici.org
Pre- College Art Program at Cooper Union- Saturday classes. Visit their website for more details! Free classes, free metro!
Amazing opportunity for any student interested in Science and Technology pathways! The STEP program is free to all eligible students; fee waivers are also available. Partner with colleges in NYC and gain experience, college credits, free Kaplan SAT prep, and transition help when you begin college. Don't miss out. See Ms. K in 143 or Ms. Zagada in 449.
Internship Opportunity: PLAY, early childhood enrichment center is looking for assistants to work with children 2-6 years old. Great for students interested in teaching, childcare, customer service/hospitality. Only 2 stops from Court Square. See Ms. K in 143 as soon as possible.
TORCH Peer Leadership: TORCH is looking for teens who are interested in learning about sexual health, are responsible, passionate, creative, and energetic leaders, and who have a desire to empower other teens to lead healthy lives. ($9 per hour) Learn more here!
Scroll Down for great programs (BCNY, Urban Upbound, ACE, SEO Scholars) that offer resume-building experience and college readiness perks like SAT Prep and workshops !
Financial Aid Events and Assistance
Use UP NEXT to receive free and personalized texting support throughout your financial aid process. Just text your first and last name to (240) 623- 8319 to get started!
In QV: Every Wednesday during Lunch periods 4,5,6, and 8 - Work on your applications with Ms. K in the Computer Lab in the library. FAFSA, TAP, and college applications.
In QV: After school Monday- Thursday 4:30- 7:00 pm room 412. Work on all your applications with the very experienced staff from Sunnyside Community Center.
In QV: Daily, Students can use the resource room located in room 143 to work on all applications, next to Ms. K's office. 7:45am - 2:45 pm (except pd. 7)
A few pictures from our College Tours!
Is your citizenship status making you nervous? Are you scared and confused? You aren't alone!
Please, don't wait until it's too late to discuss your situation with the college counselor. Every conversation is confidential. Learn about your options early.
Check out these resources and scholarships that can help you out!
Have questions? Sometimes it's a good idea to get legal help and consultation. You can use UnLocal and Action NYC.
6 Things Undocumented Students Need to Know: Click here for 6 quick facts
Organizations, Resources, and the NY Law allowing students to pay in-state tuition: New York: Pages 22-24
Find Legal Help, Call the DACA Hotline, get help with the application, and more! Visit We Own The Dream!
A great list of scholarships that are friendly to undocumented students: Get the list here!
Visit the Hispanic Scholarship Fund for access to more opportunities: Don't Miss Out!
Scholarship Opportunity that has partnered with our CUNY colleges: Visit TheDream.us !
December - March:
- Final submission- all college apps!!
- Submit all SAT/ACT scores if you haven’t
- Complete FAFSA and TAP *** YOU MUST DO BOTH***
- Complete scholarship applications
- Receive acceptances and keep Ms. K posted. Complete and acceptance slip in front of Ms. K's office.
January – March:
- Register SAT/ACT spring tests (May or June) Get a fee waiver!
- SAT Prep!!!!
- Meet with College Counselor to begin planning and preparing
- Extra-curricular Activities
- College/ Career search
- Become familiar with College Office QV Website
All Juniors are taking their First SAT for FREE on March 21st in QV ! ***
Seniors: SAT and ACT Information
SAT Test Date
March 21, 2018
In QV - No Registration Required
May 5, 2018
April 6, 2018
June 2, 2018
May 3, 2108
See Ms. K for SAT and ACT fee waivers
ACT Test Date
April 14, 2018
March 9, 2018
June 9, 2018
May 4, 2018
Download Center: CUNY
View the CUNY Admission Profile: CUNY Admission Profile 2017.pdf Also available at the College Office
Learn about the Macaulay Honors Program:
Macaulay View Book: Macaulay View Book.pdf
Macaulay Fact Sheet: Macaulay Fact Sheet.pdf
CUNY Application Directions and Tips: CUNY Directions.docx Also available at the College Office
Download Center: SUNY
View SUNY application Instructions: SUNY Directions.docx Also available at the College Office
View the SUNY Admission Profile, 4 Year Colleges and Universities: SUNY Admission 2017.pdf
View the SUNY Admission Profile, 2 Year Colleges and Universities: SUNY CC 2017.pdf
View the SUNY Admission Profile, Honors Program: SUNY Honors 2017.pdf
View the SUNY Admission Profile, Educational Opportunity Program: SUNY EOP 2017.pdf
Download Center: Financial Aid
Financial Aid - FAFSA application Instructions: FAFSA Directions.docx Also available at the College Office
NY State TAP application instructions: TAP Directions.docx Also available at the College Office
View information straight from HESC (Higher Education Services Corporation): FAFSA HESC.pptx
Research Careers and Colleges
The first step in planning for your future is to figure out your interests and strengths. Use this information to learn about possible careers and required education. Research colleges and universities that can help you get there. Here is a list of some helpful websites to get you started:
Use NYC College Line to get you started !
Research colleges around the country. Use your preferences to filter your results at Big Future by College Board
Research Colleges by career: BestColleges.com
More college and career research sites: LearnHowToBecome.org
Want to go away and still stay in New York? Check out these New York State schools. WNY College Connection can help you explore some state schools and their application process.
Use these other websites to compare colleges:
Academic and College/Career Prep Programs
Don't underestimate the importance of Extra-Curricular activities. Doing a little bit more will go a long way when Colleges are reviewing your application. Here you will find programs that can provide support through personalized academic help, college/ career exploration, and extra perks (like free SAT prep).
BCNY the Boys Club of New York offers multiple services such as: a College Access Program, a Career Prep Program with paid employment, and tons of member benefits (FREE SAT prep, tutoring, sports teams, STEM club, and other various clubs)
The ACE Mentor Program is specifically designed for students interested in Architecture, Construction, and Engineering. Here you get to work with real professionals on projects, receive college and career advisement, and access to scholarships. Click here for the brochure
** These are great opportunities to help yourself academically, receive free helpful services, and engage in career exploration and preparation! **
Believe it or not, there are scholarships out there for everyone!
Scholarships aren't only awarded to seniors, come see me to receive assistance with this process!
Scholarships: Open to all HS students
More Scholarships in the Student Scholarship newsletter: Download now: 2017_november_scholarship_newsletter.pdf
Albert Shanker Scholarship. $5,000 - Pick up applications in Ms. K's office room 143. Deadline: January
SUNY Plattsburgh Cardinal NYC Grant- Issued to ALL students accepted to Plattsburgh
Scholarships: Academic Achievement
Scholarship Plus: $8,000 per year towards tuition, room and board, fees, and other educational expenses! You also receive a paid internship, mentoring, personal support, and a college transition workshop! Required: Minimum gpa 85 and household income under $60,000. Deadline: February 1, 2017. * Must be a US citizen or permanent resident* Visit their site for more info and application: Click here!
More Scholarships available in the Student Scholarship Newsletter: Download Now: 2017_november_scholarship_newsletter.pdf
** Check scholarships at the schools you plan on applying to **
Sixt Scholars: $5,000 award. Minimum 3.7 gpa (92). Apply Here! Deadline: November 30, 2017
Scholarships: Specific Interests, Careers, and Circumstances
Business and Accounting Majors: $4,000 educational grant: Deadline April 20, 2018 For info and application: Click Here!
More Scholarships available in the Student Scholarship Newsletter: Download Now: 2017_november_scholarship_newsletter.pdf
Immigrant students (or 2 immigrant parents)/ Undocumented OK: Application available December of every year Click here for the Ascend Education Fund Schoalrship
NY STEM scholarships, visit hesc.ny.gov
Information: Paying for College and Financial Aid
Watch a short overview about paying for college on YouTube: Click Here
The office of Post Secondary Readiness: Scholarship and Financial Aid information Click Here
LendEDU The parent Guide to Paying for College Click Here
LendEDU Financial Aid Hotline: Text-in your questions about Financial Aid, scholarships, and loans to (302)278-4037. Check out the website for more information!
Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Student Loans Online Course Click here
For NY State Financial Aid, Scholarship, Grant Information visit HESC.ny.gov
Information: College Application Tips and Websites
Apply to CUNY (city public colleges) at CUNY.edu
Apply to SUNY (state public colleges and universities) at SUNY.edu
Over 600 private schools use the Common Application. Click here to see which schools use the Common App and to create an account.
If a school does not use CUNY, SUNY, or CommonApp then you have to apply directly to that institution.
Don't forget to send your SAT scores from College Board, and your transcript from any College Now courses.
Application Fee Waivers are available if you qualify !
Accepted to a school and ready to enroll? Use this great tool to access checklists for enrollment: Click Here!
Always stay in touch with the college counselor throughout the process !
View the College Application Guide created by the Fair Opportunity Project Download it here !