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PSAT for 10th & 11th graders is just around the corner. The test will be October 11th, the fee to the exam is $16.00. Just as a reminder some Juniors may qualify for a fee waiver. Reach out to Ms. Alduenda to get more information. The last day to signup and pay for the PSAT will be September 29, 2017. Let me know if there are any questions. 


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RVHS's A-G Approved courses

To view the courses which have been approved by the University of California as meeting the A-G requirements, visit this website: RVHS A-G


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The Educational Foundation is launching The Solano Promise:  A Hand Up for Higher Education.  The new program helps students receive a large array of support services and financial assistance to get a college education or certificate in a career technical field of their choice.


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Solano Community College Athletic Recruitment Days

Students planning to transfer to Solano College who would like to compete as a student athlete, please  contact me or the Solano Athletic Recruitment website-  . I look forward to meeting all the student athletes.


Also, it is important that any student planning to attend on one of the recruitment days have already completed the Solano College Application and that they bring with them a copy of a high school transcript. It doesn't have to be official, we now use them to determine placement in classes.


5 Little-Known Ways to Boost Your Scholarship Odds

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PSAT for Juniors is the only way to become a National Merit Scholar - Heres an example of how important this is...

As the selection of National Merit Finalists are made this spring, I would like to make you aware of Texas Tech University's National Merit Scholars program! Finalists who designate Texas Tech as their first choice institution with the National Merit Corporation will be eligible to receive 100% of cost of attendance including tuition, fees, room, board, books, transportation and a personal/miscellaneous allowance. Qualifying students should make the designation no later than May 31, 2017, to ensure maximum eligibility.


Remember, only 11th grade PSAT will qualify, your earlier (or later) PSATs do NOT count!

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I just found out about this free SAT and ACT prep website that bills itself as "the best money cant buy".


I checked it out and was able to use it so I think it is "legit".


Check it out HERE and if you encounter any issues let me know so I can remove it from our counseling page.

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Guide to graduating from college debt free

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College Essay Coaching Video by Questbridge with admissions counselors from Stanford and Pomona College

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This video is hosted by Questbridge and includes admissions counselors from Stanford and Pomona College.

5 Steps for Using College Admissions Essays to Address Weaknesses

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How to Fill Out a FAFSA for College Financial Aid

What you include on the application determines how much you'll receive in grants, work-study and student loans.

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What is your idea of weird? Most of you reading this blog will likely find the following scholarships a bit odd -- but hopefully a great deal of help as well.

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Graduates of 4-Year Universities Flock to Community Colleges for Job Skills

As many as 1 in 5 community college students already have bachelor's degrees.

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Article about becoming a medical doctor

How students of all degrees can become medical doctors

Thanks to a unique program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Berns ended up fulfilling his parents’ dreams while still getting his fill of artifacts.

FlexMed, a first-of-its-kind program, allows top students like Berns to apply to the Icahn School as first-semester sophomores. Accepted undergraduates can major in archeology, music or any other degree withough having to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or any of the other usual pre-med requirements.

Says Berns, 35, now a palliative care physician at Mount Sinai Hospital: “It’s a fantastic program.”

Last year, the highly competitive program received 1,000 applications and accepted just 50 students. When it began, FlexMed limited admittance to humanities majors, but several years ago, the program was opened to include those in other non-medical tracks, such as computer science.

This unusual approach was created to expand the pool of new doctors beyond traditional pre-medical applicants, Icahn administrators say. “We have to be open to innovative ways to bring people into our profession,” says Valerie Parkas, MD, senior associate dean of admissions for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

This expansion can draw students who “are brilliant minds who have not thought of applying their major to healthcare” as physicians, says David Muller, MD, Icahn’s dean for medical education. “What we want to encourage is a continued love of learning and intellectual curiosity.”

Students are accepted on factors including their GPA, SAT scores and their reasons for wishing to become physicians, which they convey during in-person interviews. Once accepted, students must maintain a 3.5 GPA and take some science classes, but the worry of getting A’s in dreaded pre-med organic chemistry, for example, are jettisoned.

“When you have to do all the pre-med stuff, you don’t have time to do what you love. When you are in a pre-med track all through college, you struggle to keep your GPA as high as possible and are less likely to take academic risks,” says Muller. “It is the last chance in life for [students] to take on academic risks to expand their horizons.”

Eesha Dave, 24, a second-year medical student, wanted to study sociology and Spanish as an undergraduate at Harvard, but also had a longtime interest in working in something medically related after receiving a diagnosis of celiac disease at age 11.

Three days before the FlexMed application deadline, Dave learned of the program from her father, a physician. “At first I didn’t believe it was true,” she says. “I was ecstatic that this option existed.”

Dave says the program “changed the trajectory” of her college career “for the better.” After being awarded a prestigious Fulbright Fellowship, she spent a year between college and medical school teaching English.“That’s not something I would have dreamed of,” says Dave.

Masha Jones, 26, a fourth-year medical student, found that acceptance into the program while at the University of Pennsylvania allowed her to pursue her passion to learn Spanish. She was also able to author an honors thesis, which “took a considerable amount of time that I would have otherwise spent doing organic chemistry,” she says.

For students who lack a science background when entering Mount Sinai, an intensive summer program can help. Berns found the first two years of medical school difficult, with its rote memorization and a competitiveness he wasn’t used to as an anthropology major. But once he began working with patients in his third and fourth years, “I really thrived,” Berns says. “Medical school didn’t make sense until I started working with patients. I chose a profession that is very humanities-based, and having a liberal arts education really helps with what I do now.”

10 Reasons to Attend a Community College

By Travis Mitchell 6/10/2015

Why Students Should Consider Community College

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