Jessica Bowen
Jessica Bowen – jbowen@seishn.com (12th Grade Students & College Counselor 11th & 12th) Extension 1413 Jessica has worked at EIS in several capacities including as a teacher for 8th Social Studies, 9th Grade World History and NHS Adviser. This is her eighth year as the 12th grade Counselor and is in charge of college admissions process and scholarships applications. She coordinates the Advanced Placement Program, university visits and career presentations. Previously, Jessica worked as Assistant Director at Huntington Learning Center in Maryland and as Deputy Director of Scholarship Programs at Envision EMI, Inc. in Arlington, Virginia. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and her M.A. in International Training and Education at American University in Washington, D.C. She has attended numerous counselor fly-in programs around the world. She has lived in Honduras for over 10 years and is fluent in Spanish.

Create a college list that fits your criteria…………

Create a college list that fits the criteria that is important to the student and family. This year we seemed to have a record number of seniors apply to the same universities. After sending out a list of the most popular schools to both parents and seniors, not much changed and in fact there was an increase in applicants for some of the most popular institutions. Because attending college is such a major investment of time, effort and resources, it is important to understand the impact of not considering all the best options. One of the most important factors to …

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Ser admitido en un Ivy League/Getting Admitted into an Ivy League

¿Qué  necesita un estudiante de EIS para ser admitido en una universidad de la Ivy League en los EE.UU.? Sin duda, mucho más que una larga hoja de vida de las actividades extracurriculares! De acuerdo con los US News and World Report, “Sólo el 8,5 por ciento de todos los aspirantes a las universidades de la  Ivy League fueron admitidos para el otoño de 2016, según  datos que muestra  la US News. La tasa media de aceptación en todos las otras universidades en todo el país fue de aproximadamente el 65 por ciento para el mismo período de tiempo.”Al considerar …

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Some advice about taking standardized exams/Consejos sobre los exámenes estandardizados

La mayoría de los egresados de EIS asisten a universidades extranjeras; aproximadamente 60-70% decidirá ir a los Estados Unidos para obtener un título universitario. Como la mayoría de los estudiantes y padres ya saben, los exámenes SAT (y / o ACT) y TOEFL serán requeridos para la admisión a la mayoría de los colegios y universidades en los Estados Unidos, así como algunos en Canadá también. Si los estudiantes realmente quieren ser competitivos y destacar cuando se aplican a las mejores universidades, lo más probable es que tengan que tomar el SAT (o ACT) y el TOEFL. Aunque hay algunas …

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Raising the Bar: Parental Involvement / Excederse en el trabajo: Involucrando a los padres

Raising the Bar: Parental Involvement Preparing EIS high school students to achieve admittance to the universities of their choice, obtain scholarships and be prepared to succeed academically (and professionally) once they leave Honduras requires the cooperation and effort of three: school, parents, and student. Each has its particular responsibilities; the school must offer quality education, support and resources, parents must guide and encourage their student and in turn the student must complete tasks that fulfill academic requirements. There are many high-achieving students in our high school as well as hard-working students who may not necessary be “top” students but who …

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Women in the Arts/Mujeres en las Artes

It is important to support girls in reaching their potential in any positive activity that they enjoy, be it in academics, music, art, sports or any area they excel in. By encouraging girls to demonstrate their talents and explore their interests, they gain the confidence and experience that they will need to handle challenges in the future. This year, International Women’s Day is March 8th, and it is a day that celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women around the world. More information is available at www.internationalwomensday.com. In support of this important commemoration, a committee of high school girls …

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What are Liberal Arts Colleges?

What are Liberal Arts Colleges? There are different types of higher education institutions, but those that may be confusing to understand are the “liberal arts colleges”.  For EIS students planning to study in the U.S., Canada or Europe, I would recommend considering liberal arts schools instead of the larger public universities. Here’s why: Liberal arts colleges are smaller than universities.  This means that more individual attention is given to each student. There’s usually little chance for a student to sleep or text unnoticed or come to class unprepared as everyone is expected to contribute to class discussions. There will be …

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College Essay Writing Tips

College essays can be a great opportunity to express who you are in a creative way. They give you the opportunity to “paint a picture” of who you are, what your personality is like and what you value. They are an important component of your college application, so it is important to give yourself plenty of time to devote to the writing process. Here are a few points you should consider as you work on your college essays: • Is the topic you chose really important to YOU? Is it something you think about? Does it bring emotion? If it’s …

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