The college admissions process is something you’ve never experienced before—no matter who you are, or what you’ve done. As a senior who is graduating in a week, I just wanted to share some advice with current students and their parents—many of who are probably imagining what this day is going to be like for them, a day when classes are over and the most stressful thing is figuring out how to log onto your college portal.
There’s a few things that I think worked well for me during the college application process. In terms of finalizing my college list, my parents and I prioritized college visits before the beginning of senior year. I dedicated two weeks of my summer to visiting colleges, and I think attending tours and information sessions were the most important factor in deciding what schools I applied to, and what schools were a good “fit” for me.
Part II of our five-year anniversary features another one of our expert teaching staff, Ms. Leila Kosiba. You can see part I of our celebration series here.
Our Head of School Mr. Walker took a few moments to share some thoughts about the incomparable Ms. Kosiba.
I first saw Ms. Kosiba teach back in the mists of time (before we opened BASIS Independent Silicon Valley). She was visiting Arizona and I had the pleasure of watching her give a demo French class to BASIS Scottsdale students. They, and I, loved the class! There was an obvious passion in her teaching and the students were instantly connected to her. At BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, Ms. Kosiba has taught every level of French from 7th Grade to Capstone. She has enriched our community with her dedication to French learning and her insights into life in New Caledonia.
Ms. Kosiba has been a French Subject Expert Teacher at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley since we first opened. She has primarily worked with students in the middle school years.
We also asked Ms. Kosiba some questions about her time at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, as well as her perspective on our students, curriculum, teaching methods, and more. Read on below:
We are so proud to announce that 23 of our students have earned places as Semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. Roughly 16,000 students across the nation have qualified as Semifinalists, and we are thrilled to have continued representation on our campus.
To qualify as a Semifinalist this year, each student must have a score that falls in the top 1% on the PSAT taken during their junior year. All Semifinalists now have the opportunity to compete for a Finalist position, which could lead to securing a National Merit Scholarship. We wish our students the best, and look forward to the Finalist results coming out in February.
Please join us in congratulating our Semifinalists:
The final post in our Senior Project blog series is here! On behalf of our school community: thank you for following along, engaging with our seniors’ personal blogs, and watching with us as they become scholars in their own right. The support of our community has and continues to be the bedrock to the continued success and confidence of our students.
I had the opportunity the connect with one of our rising seniors, Armaun S. in the closing weeks of his junior year. He is an incredibly motivated and focused student, who makes every moment of summer break count. Read on to learn about his adventures during the summer between Junior and Senior year!
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Inspired by the blissful feeling of uncovering connections, our blog Eureka! Silicon Valley is about sharing moments that capture the essence of what it is to be a BASIS Independent student, teacher, administrator, or family.