Thursday, December 10, 2015

Getting Into An Elite College

There was a great article posted on December 9th in The Atlantic that talked, among other things, about the stress of trying to get into an elite college.  Below is an excerpt...I encourage you to read the entire article which can be found here:

Janet Lavin Rapelye, the dean of admission at Princeton, told the New York Times that students should “use the criterion of interest when selecting extracurricular activities, rather than how a list of activities might appear to a college admission office.” A former Stanford University dean of freshmen wrote a column in the same newspaper saying that many of the students she encountered “taught me that a pre-programmed, enriched, spoon-fed, caged-in, ‘checklisted childhood’ may in fact lead to an impressive ‘resume’... but that such achievements can come at the expense of self-efficacy—a true, innate sense of self that is undermined when a person has too much of the stuff of life planned and handled for them.”

The article goes on to say:

Irena Smith, a former Stanford admissions officer recalls a student who wrote an essay about working her summers in a fast-food restaurant, and was accepted to several Ivy League schools. “Given the population of students I see, she probably shone like a diamond in the applicant pool at Harvard,” Smith says flatly, emphasizing that the student’s unique way of looking at the world and the way she wrote had more to do with her acceptance than the exact circumstances of her summer job.

“I think the biggest misconception people have is that there are these magical things you can do each summer that will get your kid into the perfect college.” ...“Whatever the student does should be theirs to find and to like or not like,” Smith says, “rather than have a well meaning adult carefully steering them so they avoid all the dead ends and sharp corners. You don’t learn a lot if your whole life path is charted.”

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

College recruitment....why so much mail?

Great article about the marketing strategies of colleges.  My advice?  Do your due each piece of mail, research the college and if it interests you, then go visit.  If after researching it you are not interested, then toss the piece.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

How to Handle a College Rejection

In this month's Forbes Magazine, there is a great article worth reading on college rejection.  You can find the article here.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Scholarships are a great way to offset some of the costs of college.  There are multiple ways to find scholarships.  The first, and most important, is the HTHS Guidance Office.  We have a folder in the conference room that students can come and browse through.  We also put most of those scholarships online at  Some very specific HTHS scholarships cannot go on the website because that is open to all students from all the MCVSD Academies so it is wise for students to check in Guidance once in a while! 

Another way to search scholarships is to log into Naviance and click on the Colleges tab and then click on Scholarship list.  That will give you a national list of scholarships.  And, is also a very good resource.  Please never, never, ever pay for a scholarship search.  If a company charges you ANY amount to search for scholarships, even $0.50 - it is a scam.  All scholarships searches should be free.

Let us know us know if we can help you at all.
Mrs. Bufis and Mrs. Tice

Friday, October 17, 2014

District Financial Aid Night

Monmouth County Vocational School District is hosting a Financial Aid Night 
Who: Parents and students in grades 10, 11, 12 are encouraged to attend
What: A free college financial planning workshop, presented by Joe Roberto, Financial Aid Representative from the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority
When: Monday, October 20, 2014 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Biotechnology High Sschool Multipurpose Room
Why: To get information on the types of financial aid available, how to apply for FAFSA, and learning about the financial aid process.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Welcome Back HTHS

Welcome back HTHS and a special welcome to the class of 2018!  Please know that as you start settling into a routine that Mrs. Tice and Mrs. Bufis are here in Guidance if you need any help.  Stuck in a rut?  Sometimes just talking something out is helpful to getting back on track.

Below is the Stall Door paper that was hung up for September.  Hope you find it helpful.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

the Stall Door paper - May 2014

In the beginning of May, as we headed into AP's, SAT's, End of Course Biology exams and ACT's, we thought this issue would be extremely helpful.  Nothing like getting back to the basics!  Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Finding happiness in life/career may come in a surprising new way

A very interesting article came out on an NPR blog that shows happiness in life and work does not always equate with a big college name (or hefty college debt!).  Happiness was most often reported by those who found connections and encouragement in college.  Take a minute to read the article found here.