College Admissions: Wait Lists & Deferrals

Some wisdom from CHS/MST Counselor Mrs. Liebe regarding wait listing and deferrals for college admissions:

I know this is a much anticipated and anxious time of your senior year and reactions and emotions may be all across the spectrum. If you received a letter of deferral or were placed on a wait listing, please know, this is not a final “no.” Many factors play into a deferral or wait listing and we are not privy to the exact reason behind the decision. Please allow me to explain the differences behind the terms, some possible factors, and how you can respond.

Wait listing (as explained by the Princeton Review Board):

The school is sending you a mixed message. Unfortunately, you won’t know exactly how many students are ahead of you in line. Schools will send acceptance letters to far more students than they have room for—they count on many of those students choosing to attend another school.

Deferrals

Many schools have a quota for the number of students whom they will admit early; if you didn’t make the first cut and you’re viewed as a strong candidate, the school will deferfinal judgment of your application until its regular admissions round. As far as the binding agreements go,  you are freed from any obligation to attend the school if accepted, and you can go ahead and apply and/or accept offers from other schools as you wish.

Factors that impact who is wait listed and deferred

They need to balance out the male/female ratio

Your intended area of study is overenrolled and they need some students to decline

The school has an over-representation of students from the State of Washington

They have experienced a surge in enrollment numbers, yet unfortunately, the enrollment cap remains the same

You may be wondering “now what.?” Let me ask you a question- how badly do you want this deferral to turn into a letter of acceptance? If this institution is your absolute number one choice, then write them a letter- no emails! A handwritten or typed letter conveys a mature and professional sentiment. Be genuine and thank the Dean of Admission or our State of Washington admission counselor for their timely response (even though it’s not the response you wanted) and make sure you:

  • Communicate your commitment to the school and articulate that if you are admitted in the regular decision round, you intend to enroll (if that’s the  truth). If you’re not sure that you’d enroll, write that the college remains a top choice for you.
  • Re-state your reasons why that school best fits your academic and personal needs. Make references to specific professors, courses, extra-curricular activities and research opportunities that show your knowledge of the school and what stood out when you toured the campus (if you toured the campus).
  • Update the college on all the achievements you have made, both inside and outside of the classroom, since you submitted your Early Action/Decision application.
  • Be upbeat and mature by not expressing your frustration.

Magnet Sophomore Places in VFW Essay Contest

Magnet sophomore Nathan Chillian debated the effort to reward ratio when he considered the extra credit writing assignment Mr. Greene offered in early November via the annual Volunteers of Foreign Wars (VFW) essay contest.  In the end, Chillian decided it was worth it. Little did he know when he submitted his essay that (besides getting the opportunity to reflect deeply on the role of our veterans past and future) his efforts would also earn him a $200 dollar honorarium for his 3rd place essay based on the following prompt: “Why Veterans are Important to our Nation’s History and Future”.  A special thanks to all of the VFW members at post 4278 for this opportunity. And thank you for your service.

chillian_VFW

Senior School Board Showcase

On December 8th, 2014, the entire Magnet senior class presented their summer internship work and projects to the Camas School District school board and community at the Zellerbach Administration Center.  After the poster fair, staff, students, and community convened for the regular school board meeting and listened to formal presentations of internships by seniors Meghal Sheth and Reesab Pathak.

Ms. Sheth continued her work this year at Washington State University Vancouver with Dr. Allison Coffin. She studied “Zebrafish hair cells, which are are structurally and functionally similar to those in the human inner ear, and examined the potential for bisphenol-A (BPA), the common monomer used in the production of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins, to kill hair cells.” Her work in this study provides additional evidence about the damaging effects of BPA on both aquatic organisms and human health:  Does BPA Cause Hearing Loss? Assessing the Potential Ototoxicity Induced by Bisphenol-A in Danio rerio (Zebrafish) Lateral Line

Mr. Pathak conducted an internship over the last year and a half at OHSU working on a research team to better understand HIV.  “With over 35 million people living with HIV today and a long history of vaccine failure, an unconventional vaccine is urgently needed.” His work shows that “non-classical Rhesus MHC-E restricts RhCMV/Gag vaccine-induced CD8+ T cell responses … This data suggests that this vaccine could have efficacy in humans.” He has received a co-author credit in a study that will be published in the December 2014 Journal of Immunology:  Universal, MHC-E restricted killer T cell responses: Identification of a novel immune response against HIV 

Congratulations, seniors, on your successful internships and projects!

An Opportunity to Give

Greetings, Magnet Papermakers! We hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving break and are feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the remaining three weeks of this calendar year.

Throughout the fall the MST Magnet teaching team seeks opportunities where we can give support to members of the Magnet community who are in need. Depending on the situation, the help may meet practical needs such as backpacks, shoes or school supplies, or it may come in the form of financial support for food after a devastating illness or job loss. With that being said, if you would like to join us in our support of our Magnet community, there are those who could use some help. You may purchase gift cards from grocery stores such as Fred Meyer, Wal Mart and Winco in any dollar amount. You also may send cash or checks to CHS and we will deposit them into the Magnet’s ASB fund, which we can then request to purchase gift cards for food (checks must be payable to CHS and on the notation line please write “Magnet ASB”). Donations can be delivered to Mrs. Liebe, Mrs. Newman, or Mr. Greene by Wednesday, December 17th. The more the merrier!

The MST Magnet teaching team has so much to be grateful for: good health, the love of family and friends, and a joyful heart. We extend our gratitude and thanks to you and your family during this season of hope, anticipation, and good cheer.

Seasons’ Greetings,

Mrs. Anderson

Mr. Greene

Mrs. Dean

Mr. MacGowan

Mrs. Newman

Mr. Bohac

Mrs. Liebe

College Admissions Interviews & Letters of Rec.

Some colleges and universities invite students to their campuses for a face to face interview. This meeting typically is for scholarship or admission purposes and need not be an anxiety provoking process. This article from the USA Today publication addresses some common pitfalls and offers tips on how to make the experience a positive one.

http://college.usatoday.com/2014/10/30/how-to-address-3-common-behavioral-questions-asked-in-admission-interviews/

Finally, most colleges and universities require students to submit letters of recommendations from teachers and their School Counselor. Keep in mind you are not the only one asking staff for a letter, so give the adult at least two-three weeks’ notice because writing a high quality and personalized letter requires quite a bit of time, and most often, it is written during their family or personal time.

http://blog.collegegreenlight.com/blog/ask-letter-recommendation/

Dec 18

College Admissions: Wait Lists & Deferrals

Some wisdom from CHS/MST Counselor Mrs. Liebe regarding wait listing and deferrals for college admissions:

I know this is a much anticipated and anxious time of your senior year and reactions and emotions may be all across the spectrum. If you received a letter of deferral or were placed on a wait listing, please know, this is not a final “no.” Many factors play into a deferral or wait listing and we are not privy to the exact reason behind the decision. Please allow me to explain the differences behind the terms, some possible factors, and how you can respond.

Wait listing (as explained by the Princeton Review Board):

The school is sending you a mixed message. Unfortunately, you won’t know exactly how many students are ahead of you in line. Schools will send acceptance letters to far more students than they have room for—they count on many of those students choosing to attend another school.

Deferrals

Many schools have a quota for the number of students whom they will admit early; if you didn’t make the first cut and you’re viewed as a strong candidate, the school will deferfinal judgment of your application until its regular admissions round. As far as the binding agreements go,  you are freed from any obligation to attend the school if accepted, and you can go ahead and apply and/or accept offers from other schools as you wish.

Factors that impact who is wait listed and deferred

They need to balance out the male/female ratio

Your intended area of study is overenrolled and they need some students to decline

The school has an over-representation of students from the State of Washington

They have experienced a surge in enrollment numbers, yet unfortunately, the enrollment cap remains the same

You may be wondering “now what.?” Let me ask you a question- how badly do you want this deferral to turn into a letter of acceptance? If this institution is your absolute number one choice, then write them a letter- no emails! A handwritten or typed letter conveys a mature and professional sentiment. Be genuine and thank the Dean of Admission or our State of Washington admission counselor for their timely response (even though it’s not the response you wanted) and make sure you:

  • Communicate your commitment to the school and articulate that if you are admitted in the regular decision round, you intend to enroll (if that’s the  truth). If you’re not sure that you’d enroll, write that the college remains a top choice for you.
  • Re-state your reasons why that school best fits your academic and personal needs. Make references to specific professors, courses, extra-curricular activities and research opportunities that show your knowledge of the school and what stood out when you toured the campus (if you toured the campus).
  • Update the college on all the achievements you have made, both inside and outside of the classroom, since you submitted your Early Action/Decision application.
  • Be upbeat and mature by not expressing your frustration.

Dec 11

Magnet Sophomore Places in VFW Essay Contest

Magnet sophomore Nathan Chillian debated the effort to reward ratio when he considered the extra credit writing assignment Mr. Greene offered in early November via the annual Volunteers of Foreign Wars (VFW) essay contest.  In the end, Chillian decided it was worth it. Little did he know when he submitted his essay that (besides getting the opportunity to reflect deeply on the role of our veterans past and future) his efforts would also earn him a $200 dollar honorarium for his 3rd place essay based on the following prompt: “Why Veterans are Important to our Nation’s History and Future”.  A special thanks to all of the VFW members at post 4278 for this opportunity. And thank you for your service.

chillian_VFW

Dec 09

Senior School Board Showcase

On December 8th, 2014, the entire Magnet senior class presented their summer internship work and projects to the Camas School District school board and community at the Zellerbach Administration Center.  After the poster fair, staff, students, and community convened for the regular school board meeting and listened to formal presentations of internships by seniors Meghal Sheth and Reesab Pathak.

Ms. Sheth continued her work this year at Washington State University Vancouver with Dr. Allison Coffin. She studied “Zebrafish hair cells, which are are structurally and functionally similar to those in the human inner ear, and examined the potential for bisphenol-A (BPA), the common monomer used in the production of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins, to kill hair cells.” Her work in this study provides additional evidence about the damaging effects of BPA on both aquatic organisms and human health:  Does BPA Cause Hearing Loss? Assessing the Potential Ototoxicity Induced by Bisphenol-A in Danio rerio (Zebrafish) Lateral Line

Mr. Pathak conducted an internship over the last year and a half at OHSU working on a research team to better understand HIV.  “With over 35 million people living with HIV today and a long history of vaccine failure, an unconventional vaccine is urgently needed.” His work shows that “non-classical Rhesus MHC-E restricts RhCMV/Gag vaccine-induced CD8+ T cell responses … This data suggests that this vaccine could have efficacy in humans.” He has received a co-author credit in a study that will be published in the December 2014 Journal of Immunology:  Universal, MHC-E restricted killer T cell responses: Identification of a novel immune response against HIV 

Congratulations, seniors, on your successful internships and projects!

Dec 04

An Opportunity to Give

Greetings, Magnet Papermakers! We hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving break and are feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the remaining three weeks of this calendar year.

Throughout the fall the MST Magnet teaching team seeks opportunities where we can give support to members of the Magnet community who are in need. Depending on the situation, the help may meet practical needs such as backpacks, shoes or school supplies, or it may come in the form of financial support for food after a devastating illness or job loss. With that being said, if you would like to join us in our support of our Magnet community, there are those who could use some help. You may purchase gift cards from grocery stores such as Fred Meyer, Wal Mart and Winco in any dollar amount. You also may send cash or checks to CHS and we will deposit them into the Magnet’s ASB fund, which we can then request to purchase gift cards for food (checks must be payable to CHS and on the notation line please write “Magnet ASB”). Donations can be delivered to Mrs. Liebe, Mrs. Newman, or Mr. Greene by Wednesday, December 17th. The more the merrier!

The MST Magnet teaching team has so much to be grateful for: good health, the love of family and friends, and a joyful heart. We extend our gratitude and thanks to you and your family during this season of hope, anticipation, and good cheer.

Seasons’ Greetings,

Mrs. Anderson

Mr. Greene

Mrs. Dean

Mr. MacGowan

Mrs. Newman

Mr. Bohac

Mrs. Liebe

Nov 29

College Admissions Interviews & Letters of Rec.

Some colleges and universities invite students to their campuses for a face to face interview. This meeting typically is for scholarship or admission purposes and need not be an anxiety provoking process. This article from the USA Today publication addresses some common pitfalls and offers tips on how to make the experience a positive one.

http://college.usatoday.com/2014/10/30/how-to-address-3-common-behavioral-questions-asked-in-admission-interviews/

Finally, most colleges and universities require students to submit letters of recommendations from teachers and their School Counselor. Keep in mind you are not the only one asking staff for a letter, so give the adult at least two-three weeks’ notice because writing a high quality and personalized letter requires quite a bit of time, and most often, it is written during their family or personal time.

http://blog.collegegreenlight.com/blog/ask-letter-recommendation/

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