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Welcome to the Comfort High School Counseling page!  My name is DeAnna Brummett and I am the high school counselor for CHS.  Please subscribe to my personal district webpage to receive the most recent and updated information regarding scholarships, testing, & other opportunities. Click here to go to my district webpage. http://chs.comfortisd.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=503155&type=u&pREC_ID=773550
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How School Loans Work:  Do you have questions about student loans and how they work.  Click on one of the links below to get many of your questions answered:
 
 

The ACT vs. SAT: Which Exam Should You Take?By Kristina Carroll, CollegeWeekLive

Standardized testing is an important part of college admissions, and it is often dreaded by many high school students. From choosing which test to take, to trying to get to your target score, mastering the SAT and ACT exams is no easy task. Should you take the ACT, SAT, or both? Before answering that, it’s important to know the main differences between each exam.

 



Scoring: 
The SAT and ACT are scored on completely different scales, so comparing scores across both exams is nearly impossible. An SAT score can range anywhere from 400 to 1600, while the highest score you can get on the ACT is a 36.

Contents:  
Both tests have similarities in terms of what they’re testing. For example, there are Reading, Math, and optional writing essays on both exams. One major difference between the two is that the ACT contains a science portion, while the SAT does not.

Testing Differences:  There are some general differences between the exams that might help you decide right away which one is right for you. One big difference is that the SAT does not allow calculators on all math problems, while the ACT exam does. For those that need the comfort of having a calculator to help them focus and remain confident throughout the exam, the ACT might be a better option. However, another important difference to be aware of is that the ACT is much more fast paced, and time management is crucial. The SAT allows a little more time per section, so this might be a better option for those who tend to use all of the allotted time on standardized tests.

Which Test Should You Take?
Many students think the best way to figure out which exam they’ll do the best on is by taking each exam once, and then making their decision once they receive their scores. However, this is not the best option for several reasons. First, it takes up a lot of time that could be used to prepare for exams—given that there are a limited amount of testing dates each year. The second biggest issue concerning this theory is that the material covered is so different between both exams, that trying to learn everything will most likely confuse you and cause you to score lower on both tests. Many test experts recommend taking full-length practice tests at home in order to get a feel for the exams, without wasting the time of registering for a real exam, paying two exam fees, and then waiting for score reports to come out. By taking practice exams, you’ll be able to determine what parts of each exam you excelled in and what parts you struggled in instantly, and from there you can focus on maximizing your score on one exam.

 

New study shows majors that are most valuable for your students (and the ones that are least valuable)

If your students want to pick a major that pays big, they should consider the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math. According to a blog written on Yahoo Finance that summarized a new study by The Cashlorette, people who majored in STEM subjects earned the most and had the best employment opportunities. All of the top ten most valuable degrees were granted to STEM majors, and and four out of the top five most valuable majors were in the engineering field.

The study found that petroleum engineering is the most valuable college major, with graduates earning a median income of $134,840, more than double the average of $62,217. The field also has an unemployment rate of just 2.38%, making the prospect of finding a job more likely than other majors.

Pharmaceutical sciences and administration ranked second on the list. Pharmacists have a median income of $116,642.

Geological/geophysical engineering, the study of extracting the Earth’s natural resources, came in third. People employed in this field have a median salary of $94,060 per year. Mining engineering and Naval architecture rounded out the top five most valuable majors.

On the opposite end of the spectrum is clinical psychology, which came in as the least valuable college major. In addition, clinical psychologists have a high unemployment rate of around 8% and make a median salary of $43,092, about 31% less than the average.

Popular majors such as business, history, liberal arts, and English were lower down on the list. Careers in the arts and humanities landed in the bottom five. The least lucrative majors: Studio and fine art, human services and community building, and composition and rhetoric, or the study of speaking and writing—all in the bottom five.

Before your students choose their major, they should do their research and consider their future earning potential and employment opportunities.

Is a gap year right for you?
Join our free, live online discussion, “The Truth About Gap Years,” on October 19, at 8 PM ET (5 PM PT), featuring Danielle Purtell, a current medical student who took a gap year, and Charlie Taibi, CEO of Gap Year Global. Sign up at http://bit.ly/kaplanparents.
UT Austin to offer financial aid to families making up to $100,000 to 2018 beginning freshman.  

Through the Texas Advance Commitment, Texas students with family adjusted gross incomes (AGI) up to $100,000, who have financial need, will receive need-based gift aid. Eligible students with family incomes up to $30,000 will receive enough aid to completely cover their tuition costs.
 
The Texas Advance Commitment is designed to assist students coming to UT Austin as incoming freshmen, beginning with the freshman class arriving on campus in fall 2018 (the Class of 2022). To be considered for the Texas Advance Commitment, applicants to UT Austin need to submit a FAFSA or TASFA and be admitted and enroll as first-time freshmen.

The Texas Advance Commitment is an extension of our Texas Advance scholarship initiative, which supports the success of hard-working, economically disadvantaged Texas high school students.

For more information, visit texasadvance.utexas.edu
Scholarship Opportunities beginning in 9th grade
Raise Me  (Click on the words "Raise Me" to the left to watch video about this program)

Through a new program called RaiseMe, students can guarantee scholarships from 250+ colleges as early as 9th grade, making it easier to plan financially for school. RaiseMe has proven to be a great tool to motivate students in high schools throughout the U.S.

 
Our school is among the first in the country to take advantage of this opportunity, which was launched with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and U.S. colleges. Here are a couple of easy ways to support your students in using this unique tool:
      1. 1)  Ensurethatyourstudentcreatesanaccountatwww.raise.me.

      2. 2)  Encourage your student to regularly add good grades, community service, extracurricular activities, and other achievements to his or her RaiseMe Portfolio to earn micro-scholarships from colleges.

      3. 3)  Visit www.raise.me/parents for more information.

We hope using RaiseMe will make your student’s path to college both more fun and affordable. If you have questions, I encourage you to contact Mrs. Brummett or Mr. Sandford or send an email to support@raise.me.