High School College Counselor
I am Fizza Suhail, the High School College Counselor at LAS.
The journey to and through college is one of the most important in a person’s life. I am here to work with each student to help her/him identify their potential career paths, to reflect on their own strengths and sometimes weaknesses, and to help them find the right college ‘fit’. I work with students individually and collectively to make sure each child puts their best foot forward in their college applications (through essays and other application components) and gets the fair chance that they deserve. So much of the process is introspection and getting to know one’s self better. I journey with the students to guide them through the process, so they come out better informed and more in sync with their own selves.
My approach is to start working with students early, as soon as grade 9, so that by the time they are ready to send out their applications, they are the well-developed students that colleges look for, with just the right course set for their desired academic direction.
All high school students are welcome to drop by my office and strike up a lifetime defining conversation!
LAS recognizes the importance of our students making the right choice for future education at an international college or university. The procedure to apply for university admission varies from country to country.
If a student is applying within the United States, most universities will use an undergraduate application procedure called The Common Application whereby a student can apply to more than 400 US colleges or universities nationwide. Supplements may be required by a specific college or university and it is advised that students check the university’s website to get the most current information. Some universities request that an application is made via their own form. This can be found by going to their individual website and choosing from the appropriate link in the Admissions section. Where the Common Application is available, students MUST use this application.
Further information can be found at the Common Application website at the link below. You may also access this site through Naviance at Family Connections/common application.
To apply to universities within the United Kingdom, the UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) is the best place to begin the application process.
UCAS serves as the central clearing house for university applications in the UK. Unlike the United States, an applicant is required to indicate their chosen course of study at the time of application and commit to three years of study to complete their degree. The word “course” is used to describe the subject of study including all the specific classes that a student is required to take over their three or four years of enrolment. For further information related to UCAS, click on the link to their website below. You may also access this site through Naviance at Family Connections/UCAS.
An applicant is able to search by course or by university. The letters “EP” listed after many course titles indicate the university has registered an entry profile on the website and by clicking on the course title, an applicant is able to view the profile online. Entry profiles contain information related to a specific course including why the course of study is recommended, what are the key skills and qualities sought in applicants, where to obtain more information, what academic qualifications are needed and information about the course itself. The UCAS application limits applicants to a maximum of five (5) courses. These course choices could be at five (5) different universities or two (2) courses chosen from the same university.
Students who wish to apply to universities in Canada are advised to contact their chosen university for admission criteria. A number of universities require that applications are made directly through the university itself.
If students are applying to universities within the province of Ontario, they will follow the QUAC (Ontario Universities Application Center) application process. QUAC is a central bureau whose key function is the processing of applications for admission to universities in the province of Ontario. For more information, click on the link to their website below. Students have also access the site through Naviance at Family Connections/QUAC.