Open House : Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising – San Francisco

Fashionistas! A date for your calendar!  On Saturday, November 20th, 2010,  the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising – San Francisco campus will be hosting an open house and live runway show of fashion design students.  To RSVP for this event go to



The trip of a lifetime! Students are invited to join FUNDaFIELD clubs at Monte Vista, San Ramon, Dougherty and Dublin High Schools in an “Evening of Information” on Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 from 7:00-8:00 pm at Monte Vista, in the College and Career Center.  We will go over the 6/18-7/4/2010, combined high school, trip details!  Students will join FundAField in hosting their fourth soccer tournament in Africa.  Tournament will be held in Kwandebele, home of the Ndebele tribe.  We will also take a two day Safari in Kruger National Park and visiting Mozambique to spend time in a rural, artistic village.  If interested in attending the informational meeting email Cathy Haberl @ with your name, phone number and email address.  More info at


Early Decision and Early Action Admissions

Mission San Jose High School | Counselors

EARLY DECISION plans are binding. Your child agrees to attend the college if accepted and if the college offers an adequate financial aid package. Although your child can apply to only one college for early decision, applying to other colleges though the regular admissions process is allowed. If your child is accepted by the first-choice college early, all other applications must be withdrawn.

EARLY ACTION plans are similar but not binding. If accepted, your child can choose to commit to the college immediately, or wait until the spring. Under these plans, your child may also apply early action to other colleges.

SINGLE-CHOICE EARLY ACTION is a new option offered by a few colleges. This plan works the same way as other early action plans, but candidates may not apply early (either Early Decision or Early Action) to any other college. Your child can still apply regular decision plans and is not required to give a final answer until the regular decision deadline.

Early Action and Early Decision plans should be used with discretion. If a student has any reservations about attending that school, or if their application profile is not complete, they should wait to apply regular decision. The applicant pool for early decisions is extremely discriminating. If your student’s record is not superior in every way, he/she should devote their energies to strengthening it and applying to regular decision instead. In addition, many early decision/early action schools who deny a student early admission may not allow them to apply for regular decision.

Early admissions programs can be very advantageous to college applicants, depending on their profile and situation. A high school student who is sure of what school they want to go to and whose profile is superb can benefit from early admissions. However, students who have any questions at all are not encouraged to apply early, as they are then required to forgo all other options and commit to spending four years and thousands of dollars at a particular institution..

Collegewise: Don’t fall for the sham

Collegewise: Don’t fall for the sham

Non-believers should read The Chosen, a UC Berkeley sociologist’s exhaustive study of college admissions.  His findings showed there was no measurable difference between the outcomes of students who attended the most selective schools and those who attended any of over a hundred schools that accepted more of their applicants. The graduates of famous colleges don’t get better paying jobs, they aren’t happier, they aren’t more successful, their lives aren’t any better, etc.

Collegewise: “He’s seventeen. He’ll screw it up.”

Collegewise: “He’s seventeen. He’ll screw it up.”

If you’re worried that your teen isn’t taking the college application process seriously enough, resist the urge to jump in and take it seriously for them.  Instead, be honest about your concerns.  Tell them how excited you are about their college future.  Let them know the efforts you’ve made to save for their college tuition, and the sacrifices you’re willing to make to send them.

I’m not suggesting you say those things to make your teen feel guilty.  I think a mature teen will appreciate how much emotional and financial investmenet you’re willing to make in them.

Then they might be a little more open to hearing your concerns about the looming deadlines and the lack of application action.