School Counseling Department
Have questions about academic or college plans? E-mail Sr.Hannan Danon email@example.com, the Academic Counselor or Sr.Salwa Barhumi Salwab@uaftampa.org, the College Counselor.
We hope you enjoy the first issue of The Counselor's Corner!
College Application Resources
- Download slides here: ResumeWorkshop.pdf
- Always begin your descriptions with a powerful action verb. Example verbs found here.
- Download slides here: PersonalStatementWorkshop.pdf
- Powerful Personal Statement First Sentences: Found here.
- How to write a college application essay infographic.
Recommendation Letter Information:
Should you waive your right to see your recommendations? When including your recommenders information in your application you may be asked if you would like to waive your right to view your recommender's letter. It is better to waive your right, because it allows the teacher to feel he/she may write about you candidly. It also gives the admissions committee confidence that the teacher has written an accurate and unbiased letter about the student. When you choose not to waive your right many colleges will not look at the letter in the same light. With that said, you do have the right to choose that option, but just keep in mind the benefits and consequences. You may find more information about this question and you decision here.
What to include in your recommendation letter request? When requesting recommendation letters make sure you let your teachers know several weeks before the deadline. Make sure you include in your e-mail request a) the name of the school the recommendation is for, b) the deadline for the recommendation, and c) Either an e-mail address, or directions of how to submit it online. If it needs to be sent physically, you must give your teacher a pre-addressed and pre-stamped envelope. d) A copy of your resume.
Try to submit recommendation letters, even if it is optional for an application. It will help boost your chances of acceptances, as well as scholarship opportunities.
College essays that resulted in an acceptance:
Stanford: Top 16 accepted essays found here.
College Admissions Blogs:
University of Chicago's Uncommon Blog.
Harvard University's Crimson Blog.
- Stanford's Admission Blog.
College Admission Tools:
- Find Colleges That Match You: parchment.com
- Stay on Track with College Admissions: zinch.com
- College Decisions: cappex.com
Secondary Students Resources
Welcome To High School Session: What you need to know as a UAF High School student
- Download slides here: HighSchoolWelcome.pdf
Welcome To Middle School Session: Advice and tips for UAF Middle School students.
- Download slides here: WelcomeToMiddleSchool.pdf
PSAT Information Session: Why the PSAT? What to expect on the exam.
- Watch webinar here.
- Download slides here: ScholarshipsSlides.pdf
- Download informational packet here: ScholarshipPacket.pdf
General Scholarship Links:
- Florida State Scholarships (Bright Futures and Others): floridastudentfinancialaid.org
- FAFSA: fafsa.ed.gov
- Fast Web: fastweb.com
- Going Merry: https://www.goingmerry.com/
- Scholarships: scholarships.com
- Big Future: bigfuture.collegeboard.org
- Scholarship Experts: scholarshipexperts.com
- Zinch: zinch.com/scholarships
- Quest Bridge: National College Match Scholarship (Deadline to apply is September 27, 2018)
- The QuestBridge National College Match is a college and scholarship application process that helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to the nation's most selective colleges.
- Muslim American Leadership Alliance (MALA) Muslim American Journeys Scholarship Contest (Deadline December 1, 2018)
Scholarships: $1,000 grand prize, $500 second prize, 6 third prizes of $250 each
AP Exam Information
Advanced Placement Exam Dates:
AP Exams are coming up the first two weeks of May. Please make sure you've reviewed thoroughly for your registered exams. Exam dates for classes offered at UAF can be found below.
- Monday, May 6, 2019: Morning: AP United States Government and Policies / Afternoon: AP Environmental Science
- Wednesday, May 8, 2019: Morning: AP English Literature and Composition
- Thursday, May 9, 2019: Morning: AP Chemistry / Afternoon: AP Psychology
- Friday, May 10, 2017: Morning: AP United States History
- Monday, May 13, 2019: Morning: AP Biology
- Tuesday, May 14, 2019: Morning: AP Calculus / Afternoon AP Art History and AP Human Geography
- Wednesday, May 15, 2019: Morning: AP English Language and Composition/ Afternoon: AP Macroeconomics
- Thursday, May 16, 2019: Morning: AP Comparative Government and AP United States History / Afternoon: AP Statistics
- Friday, May 17, 2019: Morning: AP Microeconomics/ Afternoon: AP Computer Science
Click here for a tutorial for finding your exam scores when they are finalized and posted.
Dual Enrollment Information
Where do I find the forms? Transcript Request forms and Dual Enrollment forms are found in the mailbox outside of the Guidance Counselor office and below under the "Forms" tab on this page.
What should I make sure of? When transcript request forms are filled out, make sure to fill out the due date and the correct mailing address of the dual-enrollment office on the form. The address may be found on their website.
Who do I submit them to? When Dual-Enrollment forms are completed, you may submit them to Sr. Hannan Danon (by hand, or in her mailbox outside). If the courses are approved, the forms will be returned to the student and it's the student's responsibility to mail, fax, or turn in the forms by hand to the applicable dual-enrollment office.
Having trouble keeping up with grades at school or understanding particular topics? You should always ask questions in class, and meet with your instructor if you're having difficulty understanding concepts. Also, forming study groups with classmates is also helpful. Designate a time and day to meet a few times a week to do homework and study together.
There are also many additional resources to help you.
Khan Academy: khanacademy.org
A free resource, with videos and tools to help you learn in a variety of subjects.
An intelligent or cognitive tutoring system that tutors you on a variety of disciplines. Has been researched for over a decade, and has shown to be as effective as a human tutor if not better in certain cases.
Find a private tutor in your local area.
Free courses taught by some of the top professors at prestigious universities.
Free Rice: freerice.com
Upgrade your vocabulary while donating free rice to those in need.
Tampa Muslim Community Organizations:
Young Muslims Family Fun Day!
Location: Daarus Salam Masjid
Date and Time: 10.13.2018 11 am-7 pm
Contacts: Mariam Fatima 813-957-7676 & Zahra Abouzaid: 813-610-5694
TMC Saturday school
Location: Masjid Qassam
Contact: Br. Hassan Sultan
Phone #: 813-310-1807
ISTABA Sunday School
Contact: Br. Mahmoud Elkasaby
Phone #: 813-628-0007
Red Crescent Clinic
Contact: Cathy Santos
Phone #: 813-246-5006
President: Sr.Magda E.Saleh
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Express your interest in volunteering with them and you'll be sent an application.
They work with Radiant Hands and other Muslim organization to distribute to local Muslims in need as well.
Location: Friday evenings in downtown Tampa
Phone #: (813) 420-1954
Location: 8076 N 56th St. Tampa, FL 33617
Quran Program (Female Volunteers Only)
Location: Cross Creek Blvd
Contact: Rae Tajarki
UAF Events- school play, banquet, etc.
Greater Tampa Community Organizations:
Alpha House of Tampa, Inc
- Contact: Cathi Hardesty
- 201 S. Tampania Avenue, Tampa, FL 33609
University of Alabama Early College
Start Earning your college credit while in high school online or on campus.
Apply at: uaearlycollege.ua.edu
You may be eligible for UA Early College partial tuition scholarships. Contact email@example.com
Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference
University of the South
The University of the South in Sewanee, TN hosts this conference, which
will provide workshops in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Writers
of significant accomplishment and promise lead the workshops. For more
information and an application visit their website at
Opportunities to Learn About Business
This is a one-week, hands-on introduction to business and the market
economy. In addition to presentations by business professionals and
Wabash College faculty, students and their teammates will run a mock
business and compete against other teams that are selling a similar
product. OLAB is not all about business. There are social activities every
night and during the day there is recreation time. The program is open to
motivated students who have completed their junior year in high school
and is FREE except for snacks and other personal items. For more
information visit www.wabash.edu/olab.
Summer Scholars Program
University of Miami
This program offers academically-motivated high school sophomores and
juniors the ability to sample college life, form friendships and take classes
with peers from around the world, and explore exciting programs like,
Business and Leadership, Crime Scene Investigation, Digital Media
Production, Engineering, Health and Medicine, International Relations,
Sports Medicine, Tropical Marine Biology, and other stimulating academic
subjects. More information and an application are available at
University of Vermont
This academically challenging program is for students who have completed
10th, 11th, or 12th grade. Successful students will receive 3 college credits, a greater understanding of what college life is like first-hand and a head start
on their college career. More information is available at
Institute University of the Arts
This is a dynamic program where high school students can find their way in
the world as artists, thinkers, creators and performers, both within and
outside the classroom. Students who are 16-18 years of age can participate
in the following programs: art and media, dance, jazz, and theater. Visit
their website for more information at http://uarts.edu/academics/precollege-programs/.
Summer College for High School Students
University of Mississippi
The Summer College is comprised of ten programs and institutes in a
variety of disciplines and varying degrees of difficulty. Students will live in a
university resident hall during the four-week summer session and enroll in
two college courses. For more information visit their website at
Student Introduction To Engineering (SITE)
University of Alabama
This program is for rising high school juniors and seniors who are
interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Students will
live in a UA residence hall, engage in teaming exercises, and tour an
industrial plant to see engineers at work. For more information visit their
website at http://site.eng.ua.edu.
Wharton Sports Business Academy
University of Pennsylvania
This is a summer sports business program that provides an opportunity for
talented rising high school juniors and seniors to study sports business
leadership at the Wharton School. This program will teach students about
ownership, sports agents, marketing and media; students will meet and
learn from leaders in the sports business world. For more information visit
their website at www.whartonsportsbiz.org/businesseducation-wsba.html.
This program provides a living/learning laboratory for rising juniors and
seniors to focus on applying and advancing their knowledge in business
and entrepreneurship. Students will work on a team to develop a new
venture idea and gain experience applying entrepreneurship as a problem solving tool for creating social and economic value. Visit their website,
www.babson.edu/admission/visiting-students/high-school/, for more
- Transcript Request Form:TranscriptRequestForm.pdf
- Community Service Hours Log: CommunityServiceHours.pdf
- Dual Enrollment Authorization Form: DEAuthorizationForm.pdf
- HCC Dual-Enrollment Form: HCC_Dual_Enrollment_Authorization_Form.pdf
- PERT Testing Information: PERTinformation.pdf
- Course Codes Sheet: CourseCodesSheet.pdf