Friday, March 31, 2017

The Common Application Essay Prompts for 2017-18

The Common Application is pleased to share the 2017-2018 Common Application essay prompts. The changes reflect the feedback of 108 Common App member colleges and more than 5,000 other Common App constituents, as well as consultation with our advisory committees and Board of Directors. Students represented the single largest share of constituent survey respondents (59%), followed by school counselors (23%), and teachers (11%).

2017-2018 Common Application Essay Prompts
  1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. [No change]
  2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? [Revised]
  3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome? [Revised]
  4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. [No change]
  5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others. [Revised]
  6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more? [New]
  7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design. [New]
For more information, click here

Thursday, March 30, 2017


Texas A&M, College of Architecture, will be hosting Camp ARCH this summer from July 9th to 15th. The resident summer camp is designed to give young people an opportunity to experience the professions of Architect, Constructor, Landscape Architecture and Visual Designer. The program accepts high school students who have completed the 9th grade or higher to going into 12th grade. The objective of the camp is for the participants to experience working together in a studio environment just as professionals would in a design or construction firm. The students will be housed in dormitories on the Texas A&M Campus and will be taught by faculty/graduate students from the College of Architecture.

For more details, click here.

Catalyst SAT Boot Camp

SAT Boot Camp

DATES:         Saturdays- April 22nd and April 29th
TIME:            9:00 am-1:00 pm
LOCATION: RRISD Professional Development Tool Box
                       (located within RRHS campus off of North Lake Creek Drive)
COST:           $149.00 per student/Students attend both sessions

Nanotechnology Summer Program at UT's NASCENT Center

UT’s NASCENT Center is facilitating a 1 week pre-college program that will teach students all about the cutting edge field of nanotechnology and how scientific research is performed, as well as expose them to engineering processes and career paths. Students will have an opportunity to work alongside UT Engineering Professors, graduate students and leading industry experts while solving challenging hands on engineering problems. Each day of the program will highlight a different theme within the realm of nanotechnology and feature a different hands on lab. Research themes include: flexible nanoelectronics, nanomedicine, and nanoscale energy systems and the environment. During the week, students will team up and work together on a research project based in one of these thematic areas.

Monday, June 5 – Friday, June 9, 2017

Program Highlights
  • Use state of the art nanofabrication cleanroom facilities, nanotech tools and equipment at the NASCENT Engineering Research Center on UT’s Pickle Research Campus
  • Be mentored by internationally recognized faculty, researchers, and industry leaders
  • Learn about cutting edge nanofabrication techniques, nanomaterials, & nano-enabled devices in electronics, healthcare, energy sectors
  • Build your resume and get a jump start on college application preparation
  • Present your work to a scientific audience
  • Gain valuable experience performing research
  • Learn how to think like a true innovator
  • Work in a clean room
  • Have fun!!!!

Research Themes
  • Flexible Nanoelectronics
  • Nanomedicine
  • Nanoscale Energy Systems & the Environment

Application Details & Logistics
  • DatesJune 5 (Monday) – June 9 (Friday), 2017.
  • Location:  The NASCENT Center, UT Austin Pickle Research Campus, 10100 Burnet Road, Building 160, Austin TX  78758.
  • Designed For:  Rising 10th – 12th graders.
  • Need-based Scholarships are available. Instructions on how to apply for a scholarship are provided in the application form.

Application deadline is April 24, 2017 and we do have a limited number of need based scholarships available. Instructions on how to apply for a scholarship are provided in the application form.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Alateen Group Meeting at Cedar Ridge H.S.

For Students whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking, there will be a support Alateen Group Meeting held at Cedar Ridge High School

● Meetings will occur each Thursday at 4:30 in Rm C-210

●First meeting on ​March 23rd at 4:30pm

● Meetings are confidential

*For Additional information email

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Salon Professional Academy Open House

The Salon Professional Academy-Georgetown will be hosting an Open House on Monday, April 10, 2017 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. TSPA student stylists invite friends, family, high school seniors, prospective students, and salons to experience their Model Showcase and Art Exhibit.

For more information, click here for a promotional flyer.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

St. David's School of Nursing-Texas State University Round Rock Campus Open House

Open House
Saturday, March 25 2017
10am-12pm at the School of Nursing Building
Texas State University- Round Rock Campus

Information session at 11:00am
Community Health Fair
Meet the Manikins and tour the Simulation Lab
Talk to Students and Faculty about Nursing School and Careers
Learn How to Apply to Nursing School at Texas State

Click here for a flyer

Health Careers Summer Camp 2017

Each year the Texas Area Health Education Center (AHEC) East – Capital Region offers high school students the opportunity to participate in a five day summer camp devoted to educating participants about the different careers in healthcare.  During camp, students are exposed to various careers in healthcare and taught what they need to do to start preparing for their future.  This year’s camp is June 12th-16th and will be held during the day at the ACC-Eastview Campus so students will need transportation to and from camp. The total cost of camp is $50 and includes all meals and activities.

To register for the 2017 Health Careers Summer Camp, complete this form and return it to Texas AHEC East – Capital Region by March 31st.  There is a small essay required. Once you are selected to attend camp you will be asked to submit your payment of $50. Remember space is limited so register TODAY!

Mail your registration form to:
                        Texas AHEC East – Capital Region
                        4400 College Park Dr, Rm 3105.01
                        Round Rock, TX 78665
·        High school student completing 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade
·        Must be 16 years old as of June 1, 2017
·        Attend all five days of camp
·        Must have transportation to and from camp each day
·        Submit your application by March 31, 2017
·        Have a sincere desire to pursue a career in healthcare

Activities Include               
·        Hospital Tours
·        Medical Procedures
·        Shadowing Opportunities
·        Simulation Labs
·        Field Trips
·        And much more!

A selection committee will review applications and students selected to participate will receive a detailed camp packet and payment instructions by April 15th.  

Monday, March 6, 2017

Fashion Ambassador Program

Fashion Ambassador Program! The program details are outlined below:

Who: 2017-2018 High Schools Students (11th-12th graders)

What: This is a program for students who are interested in pursuing careers in fashion or with Nordstrom. They are looking to gain more knowledge in areas such as Buying, Trend Forecasting, Visual Merchandising, Leadership, Communication, Interviewing, and much, much more! They will learn the ins and the outs of the industry and be an insider to influence the BP, Savvy, and Topshop buyers because they are our customers! The meetings are held for one hour once a month. Most meetings consist of one of the topics above, hands on activities, and hearing from different Nordstrom Leaders. They also receive a 15% off discount in select departments; BP, Savvy, The Rail & BP Shoes!

Why: The program gives these students a grasp on what it looks like to be in the Fashion Industry and within Nordstrom. They are able to have this insight to help them pursue future careers. A lot of these students end up working for our company. Currently, there are 2 store managers in the Northwest who started on the Fashion Ambassadors program, previously known as the Fashion Board. These students also automatically receive a $1,000 scholarship to FIDM for being a part of the program!

For more information, check out this flyer. Deadline to apply is April 7, 2017

IEEE Workshop for High School Students at UT-Austin Engineering School

IEEE Central Texas Chapter is putting together a 2-half-day workshop that will have a series of lectures by UT Professors and industry experts on several cutting edge technology and science topics. These lectures are tailored for a high school audience and is intended to convey what the recent developments in several fields of engineering and science. High school students who are considering college majors in science/engineering will benefit from the lectures, the discussion and Q&A following the lectures, meeting with the speakers, and meeting other interested high school students from the Austin area. Lunch and snacks will be provided. There will also be opportunities to meet current UT engineering/science students who will come to mingle with the attendees. Some of the topic areas for the lectures include nanotechnology, robotics, .....

Thursday March 16th, 2017 - 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Friday March 17th, 2017 - 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The event is free. Space is limited and registration will close once capacity is reached. Please indicate the name of your high school in the 'Special Instruction' window during registration.
Lunch and snacks will be provided.

The Building is CPE (Chemical and Petroleum Engg. Bldg.) and the room is 2.212 200 E Dean Keeton St, Austin, TX 78712 

Paid Parking is available on Dean Keeton Street and in the UT Garages (the closest is the San Jacinto Garage: 2401 San Jacinto Boulevard).

Here is the link to register.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Horizons Technology Scholars Program

The Horizons Scholarship supports 5 outstanding high school students in their pursuit to become leaders in technology. The program provides immersive software engineering and web/mobile development courses geared towards high-achieving high school students. Students need not have a computer science background! Our curriculum, developed by ex-Salesforce and Optimizely engineers alongside PhDs in computer science, is designed to teach students how to build web, mobile, and desktop applications. The program is 7 weeks (June 12-July 28) during the summer in San Francisco, California.

Our Horizons Speaker Series brings in successful founders, investors, and technologists into the classroom. You'll hear from some of the industry's foremost experts. We've had some amazing speakers like the founders of Zenefits, Coinbase, Digital Ocean, Andela,, Shapeways, and more. 

The Horizons Mentor Network includes current/past employees of firms such as Google, Facebook, Uber, Airbnb, Snapchat, and more. As a Horizons student/graduate, you will have permanent access to this exceptional group of mentors to help with career choices, general mentorship, and more. 

Past Horizonites have come from a variety of schools and backgrounds. Students have hailed from Harvard, Princeton, UPenn/Wharton, Columbia, Northwestern, Brown, Michigan and more. We've welcomed National Math Olympiad winners, USA Computing Olympiad participants, renowned college entrepreneurs, students with perfect SAT/ACT scores, talented designers, photographers, and more as part of our previous cohort. 

Application Process/Criteria 

  • Currently enrolled in high school
  • Submission of an online application
  • Logic-based technical assessment
  • Finalists will be required to submit an essay on their interest in technology
  • Applications are due by March 15, 2017

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Camp College

Camp College is a college-going program for rising seniors to spend 2 nights on a college campus and learn about the college application process.  This program is open to any Texas high school rising senior (class of 2018) who is considered to be college bound.  This year's Camp College will be held at the Southern Methodist University from June 5-7, 2017.  The cost of the program is free to students. Camp College will provide buses for students coming from the Houston, San Antonio, and Austin regions.  Students from outside of the regions must plan on supplying their own transportation to and from SMU.

If you are interested, please complete the  Camp College Student Application no later than April 1, 2017.  Please remember that this deadline includes an additional student recommendation form, the link to which students will receive with their confirmation email.   Please keep in mind that space is limited, so apply as early as possible.

City of Austin 2017 High School Summer Internship Opportunities

Four City of Austin Summer Internship Programs: Emerging Leaders internship program, Get Ready program, Aviation Department Internships, and Austin Convention Center Internship are available at 4 City of Austin Summer Internship Programs: Emerging Leaders internship program, Get Ready program, Aviation Department Internships, and Austin Convention Center Internship. 

The goal is to hire 240 interns, with the bulk being a part of the Get Ready! program. The pay is $8.00 per hour. The internships run twenty hours a week for most of the summer. Click on this link for more details. The deadline to apply has been extended to  March 17, 2017.

Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) Community Parent night

Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) Community Parent night on Tuesday March 7th at the University of Texas – Austin, from 6:30 – 8:30 (light refreshments provided). We understand the significant role parents play in the transition of students from high school to college, and want to make sure that they are well prepared for this journey. We have prepared a Community Parent Night where we aim to have local colleges present parents and college bound students of color with information regarding admissions, financial aid, and other opportunities offered per each respective institution.