The guidance department of Timothy Christian School offers students guidance for the college process and academic support. Students are given opportunities to meet one on one with the guidance counselor for mentoring as well as in small groups to work through social, spiritual, and academic challenges as they arise. For emotional health needs that require counseling, the guidance office refers families to professional Christian counselors in the area.
Guidance Counselor, Doug MacMillan shared, “I base my role at Timothy on this definition of guidance…the purposeful direction of growth. My ministry is to help our students navigate high school in a way that allows them to find and use their gifts, talents and abilities in a way that will help prepare them for college and life beyond, all while glorifying Christ.”
Guidance is given one on one and in groups with students and parents regarding how to best be prepared for the SATs, college and beyond.
Mr. MacMillian offers three seminars for parents and students ages 5th through 12th grade. These seminars are great opportunities for parents and students to learn how to get the most out of their education at TCS and be prepared for college and the process leading up to it. The first two seminars held earlier this year were: More than a GPA, What Colleges Are Looking for in a Student and Time Management. If you missed them, you can glean a few tips from the highlights below!
The third and final seminar this year is: The College Fit: How to find, apply and get into college. This seminar will answer the questions of where should my child think of attending, what does the application process look like, and how do I give my child the best chance of being accepted? The transition to college is a stressful time for both students and parents. This seminar will help reduce the stress and anxiety of the overall college process and will act as a roadmap for rising middle school and high school students. This is a great opportunity to get a head start on the college planning process!
1. What are colleges looking for in a student?
a. To be well rounded!
i. Well rounded is having knowledge, experience, appreciation, understanding, skills, etc., across multiple fields through various opportunities, events or programs.
b. To posses the character traits and intangible assets that set them apart from other applicants.
i. Having EMPATHY is consistently ranked as the most important trait to have.
2. “ A good student can get a good education almost anywhere, but a student who is not serious about learning isn’t going to get much benefit. Students need to want it more than we want it for them.”
1. Time management is the judicious use of means to accomplish an end. In other words, how we use our time effectively to get things done.
2. Time management starts with managing oneself!
3. Time is our most valuable possession and needs to be treated as such.
4. There is more than enough time in the day to complete required tasks and assignments if a plan is followed. The plan must include adequate time for sleep, school, and extracurricular activities.
5. Remember, given the time to do something or nothing, most without a plan will choose to do nothing!