New Year of Possibilities
We started off the new semester by spending time with our alumni during the first annual Karibuni Tena kwa Alumni Wiki. This was a wonderful opportunity for current students to connect with former ISM/UWC East Africa students who are spread out all over the world studying at a wide array of institutions. The week included in person and virtual panels, and topics that ranged from transitioning to life on a campus far away from home to the path from ISM/UWC East Africa to medical school. The goal is to do this every year during the long break for most of our alumni, and hopefully we will have more in person opportunities to connect in the future as well.
Our future alumni’s options are beginning to expand as we currently have ⅓ of the Class of 2023 with at least one college/university offer so far. These stellar students have amassed over $1.1 million USD in scholarships/grants for their first year alone. The list of institutions where they have received offers of admissions is varied and impressive, and we look forward to sharing their destinations later in the year when more students are able to join this celebrated cohort. There is still a lot of work to be done, even for the students who already have committed to their institution, and all are encouraged to stay engaged and connected throughout the duration of this process. For some, the next step is beginning to explore the Visa process for the country they plan to move to in order to matriculate, and this may be quite involved. The sooner the planning process begins, the better.
Also, we are excited about the visit by Mr. Shelby Davis so we can show him the faces of our students that his foundation is helping to support as they pursue their post-secondary aspirations. His generous funding not only supports students who attend Davis UWC Partner Institutions, but has encouraged other institutions around the world to learn more about UWC students and invite our students to apply to join their campus communities as well. The list of options continues to expand for our students, but also creates the need to start early (ahem, M5s and D1s) in order to ensure that they are not overwhelmed when it is time for them to apply.
Parents play a vital role in the post-secondary planning process, and a recent blog talks about how parents/caregivers can approach this important time in their child’s life.
13 December 2022 Georgia Tech blog: The Role of Parents and Caregivers in College Admission: https://sites.gatech.edu/admission-blog/2022/12/13/the-role-of-parents-caregivers-in-college-admission/
One thing that parents are invited to do is gain access to their child’s Maia Learning account. Many of you have already requested access, but if you have not yet, please see the information below to begin the process (for M5-D2 parents):
Link to Maia Learning Overview: https://player.vimeo.com/video/469137166
Maia Learning website:
Link to sign up for parent access to Maia Learning (M5, D1 and D2 parents only/M4 access coming soon): https://forms.gle/quaauoAA7N2RfR9b9
Lastly, I shared with D1 parents and students the presentation that was done on 17 January by Mr. Keiron White about college entrance testing. If you have not received that presentation, please feel free to email me and I will share it with you. In addition, Mr. White frequently updates our school testing website where you can find essential information for your college/university entrance exam planning:
UPCOMING College and University Events
10 February: 4:00 PM Trent University (Canada) Arusha Campus visit
16 February: What Every Student Should Know About Picking a Major or Career Path webinar @ 6:00 PM CT/3:00 AM EAT) Link to register and receive recording: shorturl.at/efiTY
24 February: Deadline to register for 11 March SAT (in Moshi)
21 March: 1-4 PM EAT CIS University Exploration Day – Africa
We have just begun to schedule visits for this quarter, so stay tuned for more visits coming our way!
Wishing you a wonderful weekend of considering an array of options.
College and Career Counselor
Cassandra Ford, College and Career Counselor