Q1 Session 2 Plan - 16 Sept 2017


  • Urban School - 1563 Page St, San Francisco, CA 94117
  • Meet in the Cafeteria

Time: [Regular Times]

  • 11:00 - 12:00 | Personal Statement Workshop
  • 12:00 - 12:30 | Lunch Break
  • 12:30 - 2:00 | Mentoring

Curriculum Learning Objectives

  • Discovery: Self-Expression
  • Planning: College
  • Planning: High School


  • Ashwin’s pod in Tabula Rasa; David and Meinan’s pods in Blue East/West
  • 12:30 - 12:40 | quick ice breaker
  • 12:40 - 12:55 | Update trackers & discussion around HS classes and grades
    • Tab 1: All personal info is up-to-date
    • Tab 3:
      • To fill in
        • All diagnostic and real SAT/ACT scores are filled in, including total and breakdown scores
        • Fall and spring GPA for freshman, sophomore, and junior years
      • To talk about
        • Are you planning on taking SAT 2 subject tests? When?
        • Are you still planning on taking any more diagnostic tests? If so, when? What type of prep work are you doing currently? What target scores are we working for?
      • Tab 4:
        • To fill in
          • Classes for this year
          • All grades from freshman, sophomore and junior year
        • To talk about
          • What classes are you taking this year? Which classes are you most excited about? Most anxious about? How are you going to ensure you’re well-supported in those classes that you’re anxious about?
  • 12:55 - 1:00 | overview of the next few weeks and how they map together
  • 1:00 - 1:30 | Personal Statement & PIQs
  • 1:30 - 2:00 | what attributes about college are important to me?
    • Worksheet
      • Purpose of activity
        • Have a discussion with your mentors so everyone’s on the same page which will only make the college search process easier.
        • Start brainstorming what college attributes are most important to you.
      • Do pages 4-7. They’ll help flush out what aspects of college you care most about.
      • Start a new google doc - name it “College Attributes I Care”
        • It’s more important to have a conversation in your trios and write down some key takeaways than to do every single question.
        • Don’t feel obligated to write an answer for each question. As a matter of fact, you can write some key bullet points to summarize what you think for each section.
      • Some of the questions might be a repeat of the previous Reflections Worksheet activity or even from last year. Don’t feel obligated to answer it if everyone’s already on the same page 
    • If you have free time, feel free to peruse through the rest of the packet. You might find some of the other content interesting and helpful throughout the college application process.