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Upcoming University Counselling Workshops

We were very happy with the large turnout at last spring’s workshops for students interested in UK and US universities, Canadian scholarship options, and the nature of Canadian application essays. As application deadlines draw closer, many additional workshops will be held through the fall and early winter; we urge students to pay careful attention to the dates communicated in Future Ties.

The following workshops have already been scheduled for the first two months of the term:

Sunday, September 7 (1-2:30 p.m.) in Room 131—UCAS Workshop

This mandatory workshop is designed to assist students in completing the bulk of their online application for UK schools. It is essential that participants bring their laptops. Please contact Ms Berndsen by Wednesday, September 3 at the latest in order to register. Do not attempt to begin the UCAS application prior to attending the session! You must register through UCC, not as an individual student.

Any student who attended the UK workshops in the spring but is no longer planning UK applications should inform his counsellor and Ms Berndsen as soon as possible.

Tuesday, September 9 (12:20-1:10 p.m.) in Room 131—Canadian Scholarship Workshop

This workshop is intended for any students who were unable to attend the session in the spring. We will discuss types of scholarships, the characteristics of successful applicants, research strategies, the typical application format, and references. No registration is required for this session.

Wednesday, September 10 (6:00-7:30 p.m.) in Room 131—UCAS Workshop

This is a mandatory technical training workshop for the UCAS application for any students who are unable to attend the September 7 session. Students should bring their laptops. You must contact Ms Berndsen by Wednesday, September 3 at the latest in order to register. Please do not attempt to begin the UCAS application prior to attending the session! You must register through UCC, not as an individual student.

Sunday, September 14 (1-3 p.m. OR 3:30-5:30 p.m.) in Room 131—US Common Application Workshop

This mandatory session provides essential technical training for the Common Application and instructions on the role of Naviance in US applications. Students must bring their laptops. Please contact Ms Berndsen by Tuesday, September 9 at the latest in order to register for this workshop. Do not attempt to begin the Common Application prior to attending the session!

Any student who attended the US workshops in the spring but is no longer planning US applications should inform his counsellor and Ms Berndsen as soon as possible.

Wednesday, September 17 (8:30-9:30 a.m.) in Laidlaw Hall—IB2 Grade Level Meeting

A portion of this mandatory meeting will include training for all Leaving Class students in how you will be expected to use Naviance in your university application process.

Wednesday, October 1 (8:00-9:30 a.m.) in Room 131—US Common Application Workshop

This is a mandatory technical training workshop for the Common Application for any students who are unable to attend the September 14 session and who are planning to apply Early Decision or Early Action to US colleges. Students should bring their laptops. Please contact Ms Berndsen by Tuesday, September 9 at the latest in order to register for this workshop. Do not attempt to begin the Common Application prior to attending the session!

Thursday, October 16 (12:30-1:15 p.m.) in Room 131—Early Application Workshop for Atlantic Universities

Many universities in Atlantic Canada offer students the option of applying in the fall with strong Foundation Year grades. Students who do so may receive an offer of admission within 3-4 weeks of submitting their application. If you are interested in exploring this possibility, please attend the workshop; we will explain the best approach for completing the online applications. Students should bring their laptops. No registration is required for this session.

Wednesday, October 22 (8:00-9:30 a.m.) in Room 131—US Common Application Workshop

This is a mandatory technical training workshop for the Common Application for any students who are unable to attend the September 14 session and who are planning to apply Regular Decision to US colleges. Students should bring their laptops. Please contact Ms Berndsen by Tuesday, September 9 at the latest in order to register for this workshop. Do not attempt to begin the Common Application prior to attending the session!

Tuesday, October 28 (2:45-3:30 p.m.) in the Library—Canadian Application Essay Workshop

An increasing number of Canadian university programs require supplemental essays as part of the application process. This session is designed to provide an overview of the most common types of application essays at Canadian universities for those students who did not attend one of the spring workshops. No registration is required for this session.

Tuesday, November 4 (2:45-3:30 p.m.) in the Library—Canadian Application Essay Workshop

An increasing number of Canadian university programs require supplemental essays as part of the application process. This session is designed to provide an overview of the most common types of application essays at Canadian universities for those students who did not attend one of the spring workshops. No registration is required for this session.

Note that in November and December we shall offer additional lunchtime workshops for students applying to the University of California system, the University of British Columbia, McGill University, Queen’s University, the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western, and the University of Waterloo. We shall also schedule multiple workshops in Period 4b spares to explain the online application process for Ontario universities.

Please mark the relevant dates in your planners and watch upcoming issues of Future Ties for more details.