Making Family Connections with NavianceFriday, December 09, 2011 By Angie Ramirez
Family Connections by Naviance is a new program that allows students and their families to make choices about higher learning. The website allows any student to research colleges, compare colleges and careers, sign up via web for a campus visit, and much more. This is a new approach that the counselors and career centers are taking in order to improve the chances of students getting into college. The counselors here at American strongly encourage students at all levels to use this website. They find it very useful for preparing for college. “Definitely, it [Family Connections] has a lot of features to assist students in planning for college and beyond. It’s also great because parents can access it as well. Each student can pursue their own interest using the website,” counselor Mr. Banez said about Family Connections. This website also helps the counselors and the career center aid students who are looking for colleges. The students who are unable to meet with their counselors can use this website at home. “The information is current and very organized and easy to follow. It’s very useful information. Some student feedback that I have gotten is that it really helps them plan and think about their future. They also have said that it is interesting and that they are learning about themselves,” Mr. Banez continued. This websites helps the students learn about themselves and the careers that they can pursue when they are older. It also helps them form plans and decide which college is best. “I took that really interesting personality quiz and it told me my career options,” sophomore Revati Kapshikar said about her experience with the personality quiz. Another aspect of this website is that it has an up-to-date list of the majors in certain countries that are available. It also lists thousands of colleges for the student to choose from. “My counselor told me about this website and I really like the search function and the list of the majors there is. It’s really cool,” sophomore Eric Chen said. Students recognize this website as an effective tool to help them achieve their goals for college and their future. “I highly recommend this website [to other students] because if you don’t know what you want to do in the future this [website] will help you find and narrow down your interests.” sophomore Priscilla Ng said. “My friend told me about this website. It helps me find colleges. It also helps me plan and set goals for college,” junior Upashna Singh said. This website is a pot of gold that fell from the sky to help students. Students now have another resource to help them get and find information about their dream colleges. Family Connections is a website that every student should know about in order to gain knowledge about themselves and their future in a convenient and interactive way. Visit Family Connections by Naviance at http :// connection . naviance . com / americanhigh . Students can go to their counselor's office and get their log in code. The website can also be accessed through the American High School site.