Monday, September 28, 2009

Exciting events through the Careers office

US College Tour: On 20 June 2009 I traveled with 9 students on a tour of colleges in the US. We visited over 25 colleges where we participated in information sessions conducted by admissions officers, toured the campus and met with alumni when possible. The colleges we visited were American University, Barnard, Boston College, Boston University, Brown , Bryn Mawr , Columbia University, Drexel , Fordham , Georgetown , George Washington , Goucher , Harvard , Haverford College, Johns Hopkins, Loyola College, University of Maryland, MIT, Northeastern, NYU, Providence College, Sarah Lawrence, Swarthmore , Tufts, University of Pennsylvania, Villanova, Wesleyan and Yale. The tour began in Boston and ended at Washington. Not only did we get some valuable first hand experience of college life in the US but were also able to include plenty of sight-seeing with experiences like dining at Harvard Square, walking the Freedom Trail in Boston, visiting Broadway and Times Square in New York and the White House, Washington Monument and Smithsonian Museums in Washington.
New York University Abu Dhabi: KIS was recently invited (among 25 schools in India) to nominate two students to visit the NYU Abu Dhabi campus for a weekend. Student economy class airfare, accommodation, meals and a $200 allowance to assist with other travel expenses will be provided by NYU Abu Dhabi for the selected students. During the trip, students will learn about academic and extracurricular options available at NYU Abu Dhabi, meet faculty members and advisors and begin to explore the local culture of the region.

Council of International School tour visits to KIS: On 28 September admissions officers from 28 universities will be visiting KIS as a part of a tour of Indian schools organized by the Council of International Schools. The colleges participating in the tour to KIS are Brandeis, Bucknell University, Connecticut College, DePauw , Franklin and Marshall, George Washington , Illinois Urbana Champaign, Indiana University, Johns Hopkins, Knox , Manhattanville College, Mercer University, Michigan State, Mount Holyoke, Northeastern University, Penn State, Richmond--the American University in London, Suny Plattsburgh, Texas Christian University, Tufts, University of Rochester, Wellesley, Wesleyan and Wittenberg University. Besides meeting with the admissions officers, students will also get an opportunity to participate in workshops explaining the college application process which will be conducted by the CIS team. The workshop topics include Choosing the College that’s right for you, the Application Process, the College Essay, Financial Aid / Scholarships for international students, Liberal Arts Majors, Careers and Pre-professional studies, How Colleges evaluate Applications and 9th-11th Graders: Planning for the U.S. College Process

Naviance: The Careers Office will be using an internet based program called Naviance this year as a resource to help students with their career and college planning. The program includes a learning style inventory test, personality test, college search resources and information on a wide range of careers. Students can also use the program to practice for the SAT and ACT. Students will have access to Naviance over the vacations when they can continue to research colleges.