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These schools will visit AIMS to present information to our Seniors and any other interested AIMS high schoolers. Upcoming events related to the college process are also included.

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Featured Scholarships

Growing Up Asian in America

In celebration of the Asian Pacific Fund’s 25th anniversary and the 40th anniversary of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we invite you to share your hopes and dreams for the future. What does your community look like 25 years from now? What type of change, impact and future do you see for your family, community and the world?

20 Best In Class winners will win a $500 aware & 20 Honorable Mention winners will also be selected.

East Bay College Fund

East Bay College Fund helps resilient public school students, underrepresented in higher education, access and succeed in college, expanding their life opportunities.

East Bay College Fund aspires to involve the whole community in providing college access services, scholarships, mentoring, and support networks to assist these young people in realizing their full potential.

EBCF offers scholarships and mentors to not only 4-year college-bound students, but 2-year college-bound students as well.


Perhaps my favorite website for college scholarships, Fastweb is a free service that compiles scholarships tailored made for you. 

Besides constantly updating their offerings, Fastweb also provides interesting articles and resources via their email subscription service. 

Fastweb is a must for any high school and college student looking to ease the financial burden of higher education.

Extracurriculars & Summer Dreaming

YOUTH SYMPOSIUM: "Creating Connections - The Building Blocks of Leadership"

The Silicon Valley Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., in partnership with The PARTI Program, presents the 21st Annual Sigma Youth Symposium, "Creating Connections: The Building Blocks of Leadership". This event is geared for college-bound youth ages 12 to 17 and will include valuable information about what it takes to get into college and graduate. Join students from throughout the Bay Area, for a fun, interactive day of workshops and panels, featuring students and staff from CSU East Bay, UC Santa Cruz, San Jose State University, Santa Clara University, and more.

Berkeley Girls in Engineering

"We welcome young women who are currently in high school to apply to be volunteers for the program. (Volunteers must be entering at least 10th grade during the summer when they volunteer.)"

"Volunteers will assist with workshops and will help to lead games and activities during lunch. Volunteers can participate in one or two camp sessions."

"There is no camp fee for volunteers."

Academic Connections

"Academic Connections provides an opportunity for high school students with a 3.3 (or above) weighted cumulative GPA to get a jump start on the college experience. We invite students to explore the best UCSD has to offer. In Session I, students choose one of approximately 25, three-week courses offered. Classes meet five hours a day, with a maximum of 22 students per class, to ensure quality interaction with instructors and instructional assistants. Academic Connections instructors are typically UCSD doctoral students who design and instruct the course. This engaging combination brings freshness and excitement to the classes."

Sally Ride Science Junior Academy

"The Sally Ride Science Junior Academy offers science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) workshops for students entering 6th-12th grade in 2017-2018. During these workshops, students assume the roles of space explorer, ocean engineer, computer scientist, and more as they immerse themselves in hands-on projects. Top-notch STEAM instructors lead these workshops, serving as both teachers and role models. The workshops also incorporate real-life stories of vibrant women conducting research in each field. Their examples inspire students and help make STEAM careers more accessible."

CURE Internship

The CURE Internship is a paid opportunity for 10 rising African American and Latino high school juniors and seniors to spend two months at UCSF supporting cancer research.

The HDFCCC CURE program will not only provide high school students with an exceptional scientific, health and medical environment to further their career interests, but also the opportunity for students’ academic and professional development.

SFO Job & Internships!

Yes, that SFO! 

SFO is a city onto itself, with among other things, it's own PD, water treatment plant, gymnasiums, medical facilities, graphic design teams, and more.

Find out what you can do at SFO while earning money, experience in a field that interests you, and meeting new people. They'll even pay for you BART transportation to and from your SFO job/internship!

College Application Tips

Mr. Gordan's Quick + Easy Personal Statement Tips

What makes writing a personal statement so difficult for so many students is quite simple: personal statements cannot be formulaic, which is how students are taught to write essays. Naturally this makes it hard for scholars to go against their natural instincts. 

Here are some quick tips to make that essay pop just a bit more:

*Start in scene! 

*Backstory is meaningless! If you must, 1-2 sentences max! 

*Be personal! They don’t care about learning about your friend or father. They want to learn about you! Instead of writing about what makes Grandma amazing, write about how you've been inspired by that amazing grandmother.

*Remember the psychology of the physical layout of the page! No blocks of words. Use  paragraphs where natural breaks occur. Formulaic essay structure is no good here! 

*What did you learn from “this” experience? 

*Be personal! Be vulnerable! Be specific! 

Most of all, know your audience. These admissions officers read hundreds of essays a day. In order for them to enjoy reading your essay, you must have had fun writing it. So write about something you like! Don't force it! Rest assured that if you enjoyed the event or experience you're writing about, the reader will as well.

UC System Personal Statements

Every AIMS Seniors must apply to UC schools. In order to complete this task, the student must write four (4) personal statements, or as they call them, personal insight questions, to turn in with their application.

Four personal statements may seem like a lot, but each one cannot exceed 350 words. In terms of content, the UC system provides eight (8) prompts for the student to choose four (4) to write about.

Here is the link to the official site of the UC personal statements. This is a really cool page because not only do they provide the prompts to choose from, but they also give tips on what they are looking for when they review the essays. It is always awesome when you can go directly to the source to receive information. It's like being able to ask Stephen Curry how to improve your jump shot. You would not ignore his advice, so do not ignore the UC system's advice either!

As AIMS Seniors create drafts of these statements, it is my job to review them and give feedback. Do not let your scholar waste any time! Send them my way!

What Is a Liberal Arts Degree?

This is perhaps the most challenging question for students and parents alike, with a stigma attached to it that drives parents away.

My quick answer: A Liberal Arts degree ensures your child emerges from college a well-rounded scholar and person, equipped to be a versatile player in the employment marketplace.

For a more thorough discussion on this, here are three articles I enjoyed on the subject:

That 'Useless' Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech's Hottest Ticket, by George Anders from Forbes.com.

What Can You Do With That (Useless) Liberal Arts Degree? A Lot More Than You Think, by Rob Sentz from Forbes.com.

See All You Can Do With A Degree In Liberal Arts, by Catey Hall from mycollegeguide.org.

Did You Know...

Did you know with your College Board log-in information you have access to free SAT study plans designed specifically for you by Khan Academy based on your PSAT and SAT results?

Well, you do! Here are the instructions on how to do so

Good luck!

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