Guidance Update - May 25

Dear Parents,

I hope that those of you who were able to join our grads last weekend at Whistler had an amazing time. 

While our Grade 12s have been putting their attention into final exams and finishing the year as strong as possible, we have been kept busy meeting with our Grade 10 and 11 students. We have been hosting different post-secondary visits and seminars and we encourage all of our Grade 10 and 11 students to attend as many of these as possible.
Recently, the College Board opened up registration for the upcoming year of testing. We have been sending reminders to our Grade 10 and 11 students as we hear of any, but if your child has plans to register for the SAT exams scheduled for August, October, or December, please have them do so ASAP. You can find the schedule of exams here.

I was able to visit UBC last week and chat with their admissions office. Like the year before, admission applications grew at UBC, and it remained a competitive year. As we know, it is a popular option for many students, and we will be having an information session for students considering UBC this Saturday, May 28.

On Saturday we will also be hosting an information session for students who are applying to the US to help them to craft the essays and supplements needed for many US institutions.

We will continue to add new information sessions for the remainder of the year, and hopefully, we will be able to host more visits from universities. Though it is some time away, we will be hosting the Canadian University Event (CUE) at Shawnigan in October. This will allow our students to connect with a wide range of different Canadian post-secondary institutions. 

I'm sure that many of our Grade 11 students took advantage of the opportunity to sit in on this week's virtual Career Life Education speaker series with Shawnigan alumni to receive some career advice. 

Finally, I wanted to pass along another podcast recommendation. Freakanomics Podcast has recently put out some interesting episodes about US college admissions (Episodes 500-503).

As always, please reach out if you have any questions.


Craig Brown
Director of University Guidance
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