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Advisory (According to Kane)

Seniors often get stressed out about their senior project. I believe that they are so stressed because they do not fully understand what they need to do. Here is a simple explanation.

What is the point?
The staff (and the State of Oregon) want to ensure that you are able to find out what you need do to get a job and be successful in the career of your choice. In a nutshell, that's the point of the whole senior project.


Here are the components:

 1) Project Proposal 
This is a form that you fill-out on the Naviance website. It is your master plan. There is an filled-out Project Proposal Example on Naviance and you should print it and use it side-by-side with your own to make sure you are doing it correctly. This is the hardest part of the senior project because it is a lot to think about. Get help from your advisory teacher. 
(Difficulty level: difficult)


2) Relevancy Essay
Don't think of it as an essay. It is a list of four-or five questions. You simply have to write a paragraph for each one. No introduction or conclusion necessary. The questions ask, "Why did YOU pick THIS career as your focus?"  Your Relevancy Essay is submitted on Naviance.
(Difficulty level: easy)


 3) Mentor 
Find a mentor. Call someone who works in the career you are investigating. Try to meet them for an interview and ask them what a day-in-the-life of their career is like. Maybe ask if you can job shadow them. If your mentor cannot be met with (because of their schedule or the nature of the career), have a few email exchanges with them. 
(Difficulty level: medium)


 4) Product 
This is where you roll up your sleeves and actually DO SOMETHING related to the career you chose. Think of an activity that someone in your chosen career would do. Read the Project Proposal Example for an idea.  
(Difficulty level: Depends on the nature of your individual product)


5) Reflective Essay 
Don't think of it as an essay. It is a list of four-or five questions. You simply have to write a paragraph for each one. No introduction or conclusion necessary. The questions ask, "How was your experience as your investigated your chosen career?"  Your Reflective Essay is submitted on Naviance.
(Difficulty level: easy)


 6) Journals 
To journal, you simply need to make notes when you actually do something related to the Senior Project - you do not to make a note if you did nothing that week. Your journals are submitted on Naviance. 
(Difficulty level: easy)


 7) Presentation 
This is where you explain your experience to a small group of teachers. Students often stress the most about this, but it is not hard. The teachers want you to be successful. You are already an expert by this point, so the only difficult part is public speaking. But, once again, it is just you and three teachers that you have known for years.  
(Difficulty level: The presentation: easy, Public speaking: ???)


That's the whole ball of wax, right there! All of those seven parts together are called The Senior Project.


After my experience with senior projects at three different schools, here is my greatest insight:

Students often procrastinate on their senior project then throw it together at the end. Meanwhile, they carry a large amount of stress around ALL YEAR! How much less stressful would your senior year be if you just got it done early? It's no more work than if you put it off.





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