From the Counselor’s Desk
Career Counseling is much beyond than just deciding on a ‘Major’ or a job. It is a continuous process that helps the student understands him/her and the world of work, in order to make career, education and life decisions. Henceforth, our career counseling and guidance cell ensures to assist each student in locating resources and sources of career information and help them determine next steps to develop a plan to achieve their goals. The one thread that we really try to touch upon is the vigilance over the choices and decisions made by the students.
Quill Club Writers’ Program
The young writers of the school set out on an incredible creative writing program under the close guidance of journalist-turned-author and experienced editors of the Quill Club Writers team. The writers of the highly engaging program were selected through a series of tests and personal interview. The writing sessions were held at school, during school hours, where the writers developed story ideas, structured them and finally wrote and edited their stories. From pen on paper to print on paper, these budding writers were guided through every twist & turn. Juxtaposing writing, the session were also the potpourri of life lessons, anecdotes and discipline.
Alumni Panel Discussion
While we believe that our students are our most opulent wealth, we also believe that our Alumni is our greatest asset. We strongly aim to strengthen our communication and bond with our Alumni in various creative ways. One such way is by constantly inviting them to speak to the current students on selecting various Careers and Colleges. One such panel discussion was held on June 29, 2019 wherein we invited our Alumni to interact with our current students. Alumni plays an important role in helping students pick the right college / course, which instills a sense of confidence in them. When the students hear how the opportunities and resources provided by the institution should be tapped effectively to make the best out of their time here, it has altogether an indelible imprint. This not only enhances the students’ experience but also gives them the desired competitive edge in today’s tough market. No doubt, strong alumni participation is the key to sustainable philanthropic support and the long-term success of students, and we cherish it to the core!!!
Workshop on Shakespeare in Bollywoo
We know Shakespeare for his plays and sonnets which have certified the writer as one of the best in the English language. Recently, however, Indian cinema has taken to adapting his 17th century plays to the Bollywood screen. From the 1980s film Angoor, a reworking of a Comedy of Errors, to Vishal Bhardwaj’s 2003 Maqbool, a Bombay-noir adaptation of Macbeth, the English playwright’s best works are constantly being reworked for an Indian audience.
This trend begs the question: If Shakespeare were alive today, would he be a Bollywood director?
In the workshop held on July 26, 2019 led by Professor Harris Jonathan Gil, Dean, Academic Affairs and Professor of English at Ashoka University, students were asked to brainstorm the challenges of adapting these 17th century plays in order to better understand this current phenomenon in the Indian film industry. Besides, the students were deeply engaged in Reading and comprehending words, Use of annotations, Understanding the sequencing of words, Adding ‘Masalas’ to the story for captivating delivery of the messages to the massive audience. The session indeed allowed our students understand their linguistic talent and left them with a vent to turn their passion into profession.
Anisha Banthia – How to Crack IIT Being a Regular Student
Anisha Banthia, our proud alumni who cracked IIT being a regular school student highlighted the significance of meticulous time management and regularity in attending school for the complete success in IIT in a session held on August 19, 2019 in our school. Anisha, a current student at IIT Delhi, Electrical Engineering, strictly warned her juniors against the mad hoax of joining dummy school for the want of success in IIT. Her main emphasis was on regularity in attending school to possess strong grip over the quintessential basics, which otherwise goes ignored in coaching classes. “In general, try to write down steps or mechanisms involved in the reaction. Try to learn it and write it down without looking at reference material. Iterate over and over to get into onto head. Also, getting an essence of mechanism will help you in recalling reaction if you don’t remember it well,” said Anisha during her interaction with the juniors aspiring for IIT.
The Great Indian Universities’ Expo 2019
An exclusive and the largest platform for the students ‘The Great Indian Universities Expo 2019-20’ showcased around 30 leading Indian Universities and Colleges on August 22, 2019 in our school. With the advent in communication platforms, the school emphasizes on productive networking too. This one–stop show for students and parents to explore wide range of higher education options in India proved to be a great support to students in knowing the requisites of the admission in person and laid the groundwork for successful student conversions and increased decision making visibility. The participating universities were Ashoka University, OP Jindal Global University, Shiv Nadar University, Ahmedabad University, Bennett University, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, Daly College Business School, Srishti School of Arts and Design, Flame University, Symbiosis University, Pearl Academy, Indian School of Hospitality, Worldunited University of Design, Karnavati University, Instituto Marangoni, SRM Institute of Technology, Indian Institute of Management, Integrated Program in Management Department, Krea University, Indian Institute of Design and Innovation, Indian School of Business and Finance, Amity University and United Business School.
Canadian Universities’ Fair
The school career department hosted a cohort of delegates from the renowned universities of Canada on August 24, 2019 who introduced Canadian Higher Education System and then interacted closely with the students and the parents to answer their queries. Also believing in the motto of growing together, the students, counselors and parents from the schools across the town attended the fair and were benefitted. The participating universities were McGill University, University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, University of Windsor, University of Calgary, Carleton University, Dalhousie University, University of Guelph, Queens University and University of Victoria.
US Universities’ Fair 2019 : Scaffold-1
We at school, take the initiative to arrange the fairs on our school campus, so that the students are safeguarded and well-guided to meet the university delegates under the supervision of the school counselors and teachers. In the session 2019-20, the school conducted two US universities’ fairs and helped rendezvous with the delegates from various distinguished universities. The universities part of a fair on August 26, 2019 were Savannah College of Art and Design, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Florida International University, Ohio University, Rutgers University-Camden, University of California, Santa Barbara, Stony Brook University, California Baptist University, Fox Valley Technical College, DePaul University, Washington College, The University of Oklahoma, The University of Illinois at Chicago and Wabash College.
Sessions of Individual Delegates from Some Elite Universities
While we find it useful and convenient hosting delegation from multiple universities together, we do not ignore the many benefits of having delegation from some really elite universities individually, as a personalized session unveils many facets of the institution and leaves ample space for the questions to be resolved. Each individual is unique in his own way, so are the institutions! The ethos and culture of any college may be different than the others, and hence, it’s important for the students to understand this uniqueness in terms of his aspirations and personality, before taking a final decision. These individualized sessions proved to be helpful to students and encapsulated even the finest aspects of the parameters to be considered in the higher education trajectory. In the session 2019-20 we hosted delegates from below mentioned world’s elite universities individually: Ahmedabad University – India, Ashok University – India, Foothill De Anza College – US, Indian School of Hospitality – India, Miami University – US, New York University – Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), NMIMS, Mumbai, University of Dundee – UK, University of San Francisco – USA and University of Toronto – Canada.
US Universities’ Fair 2019 : Scaffold 2
The main benefit of attending the scaffold 2 US Universities’ Fair for the students was the opportunity to get their questions answered in person, in an informal setting with the admissions’ staff. The platform served best in filling the gaps in the information available online. The students of classes XI and XII found it a great way to get a feel of the ethos of the university, and also received tailored advice on the next steps like understanding admission requirements and making a strong application. The participating universities in the scaffold 2 on September 06, 2019 were Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – USA, Duke University China Campus – Option available for students to transfer to Duke University Main Campus in USA after completion of Year 1 in Shanghai China, Hult International Business School – USA & UK, Kansas State University – USA, The University of Wisconsin Madison in association with Kings USA, San Francisco State University – USA, Temple University – USA, Temple University Japan Campus, The University of Alabama – USA, The University of Illinois at Chicago – USA, The University of Northern Iowa – USA and Westminster College – USA.
Seeding The Change – The Community Service Program
Emerald Heights has always believed in ACTION; therefore, to ensure our students grow as global citizens, the school introduced the community service program in collaboration with Anhad Pravah. During the 45 hours program spanning three months, students analyzed problems in the current era ranging from environmental to economic as well as social. The students visited real-life locations to gain in-depth knowledge of the issues concerning the people, this led to them not only devising solutions to their agendas but also implementing them. On the last day of the program, the students visited a slum close to the school and realized the truth about the perpetuity and proximity of problems. They were also exposed to the various initiatives undertaken by the school, including solar panels, water harvesting systems, and a water filtration plant. These experiences helped expand the students’ understanding of service to the community.
Session of Professor Rachel Chung, Columbia University, US for Humanities Students
“The pursuit of better questions is every bit as important as the pursuit of better answers. The skills and habits honed by the Core—careful observation, close analysis, effective argument, imaginative comparison, and respect for a variety of ideas—provide a rigorous preparation for life as an engaged citizen in today’s complex and changing world,” says Professor Rachel Chung of Columbia University, New York, USA to the Humanities cohort of XII graders while conducting a brainstorming session with them on January 12, 2020. “These conversations ensure that education lays an emphasis on active intellectual engagement provide students with opportunities to develop intellectual relationships with the society and contribute positively to the surroundings.”
Session on Arts from a Divergent Point
“Art activities are a terrific way for kids of all ages to express themselves creatively. Whether you like painting, drawing, stamping, or making cards or collages, there’s a room for every piece. Moreover, if nurtured well and exposed to a variety of platforms, perfect art can turn to a perfect project,” said Zachary from Columbia University during his arts session with the our students on January 11, 2019. While we at school focus on the overall development, thereby polishing the leisure time hobbies, we realize that creating art can be beneficial throughout all stages of life. It can help children be better students and improve quality of life. It relieves burdensome stress, encourages creative thinking, boosts self-esteem, and provides a sense of accomplishment which altogether makes them happier person. The fun filled and unique in its kind arts class by Zack pivoted mainly around arts as a stress buster and fun cracker. The students had an opportunity to look at arts from an entirely different divergence.
Global Project of Columbia University – The First Time Ever in The History of Madhya Pradesh!
Emerald Heights brought in town an exclusive educational symposium with an Ivy League Institute, Columbia University, New York, USA, themed on ‘Classics for the Emerging World’. The symposium aimed to mark a turning point of the stereotype learning experiences for the students across the town. During the 8-day long symposium classes from January 08-14, 2020, the participants experienced and lived enriching philosophical moments with Professors Rachel Chung and Kim Chung, and Mariel Corinne Tai Sander, Zachary Morris Ginsberg and Srivatsav Pyda, scholars from Columbia University. The classes deeply revolved around three texts, from different civilizations: The Analects of Confucius, The Bhagwad Gita, Socrates’ Defense by Plato and opened up the doors to thinking and imagining to a whole new level thereby bringing the reality of life to surface, which otherwise goes unnoticed in the mad race of meaningless competition. While the students were deeply engaged into probing versus, they also brainstormed on the relevance of these texts in day to day life.
Our School Counselor Positioned in 2019 College Board Counselor Recognition Program
Our school counselor, Mrs. Vandana Murjani, not only being recognized by the school, but also The College Board, US organization. She Positioned in 2019 College Board Counselor Recognition Program. Our Career Counseling Department has been successful in shaping prospective applicants right from their eighth grade which has immensely contributed in upholding the school’s ideology of early and overall development of a student. Not only this, the department has been successfully maneuvering oversees applications and contributing to the student-alumni network. By far, this department has been the backbone of student development and we congratulate and acknowledge her efforts and dedication, which has been nothing short of remarkable.
DICE in collaboration with ISDI and ISME, Mumbai
Creativity periphery cannot be stretched until they sit on the floor and dirty their hands with mud or clay. While we do teach modesty to our kids, yet we feel that they need to be rough and tough to come up with unique products. In keeping with this idea and belief, the school grabbed an excellent opportunity for the students to experience insights, ideas and best practices of 21st century higher education in Design, Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (DICE), in collaboration with a renowned university, ISDI and ISME, Mumbai on April 10, 2019. The platform was open to the students of XI and XII graders, wherein the focus was on Design Thinking to build empathy for users or customers, define a problem we are working on, ideate to come up with possibilities, prototype and test the best ideas. The day long work shop opened the students’ minds towards unconventional career opportunities lying ahead.
Collegiate Level Mathematics Class at Emerald Heights
Senior School Emeralites experienced a unique interactive Mathematics class with Dr Troy Vasiga, Senior Professor at one of the world’s top universities, University of Waterloo, Canada. The highly interactive class was a kind of exclusive dis junction from the conventional methods of solving mathematics problems. The students envisaged the upcoming collegiate level academic rigor while being at high school. Topics like magic squares to anti-magic squares and other tactics of problem solving honed the thinking skills thereby rooming broader perspectives.
Effective Study Skills Workshop by renowned psychologist and counselor, Dr V. S. Ravindran
We organized Effective Study Skills Workshop by renowned psychologist and counselor, Dr V. S. Ravindran, ICTRC, Delhi on November 27, 2018. The immersive effective study techniques’ workshop was followed by a question and answer round thereby motivating the students to perform their best. The magnificent platform was also honored with the CSR LIC ‘STUDENT OF THE YEAR’ AWARDS 2017-2018. Each year, LIC recognizes the intellects and prodigies from 5 schools across the country to motivate and acknowledge the potentials. Dr V S Ravindran, along with Mr. Sanjeev Shrivastava, Branch Manager and Mr. P. Wadge, Higher Grade Assistant of LIC presented the trophies and certificates to these young achievers.
St. George’s University, Grenada
While quite a many sessions were on the radar, our Biology students had a dire demand of hosting a university offering degrees in medicine, veterinary medicine, public health, the health sciences, nursing, arts and sciences. Keeping in lieu the students urge, we hosted St. George’s University on September 28, 2018 which was established by an act of Grenada’s Parliament. The delegate had a close interaction with the students wherein all the required information about admissions, applications, the pathway, etc. was discussed at length.
Grand Indian Universities’ Fair 2018
As we possess the goal of providing quality education, the onus of this ownership lies on our shoulders. With this viewpoint, we organized the Grand Indian Universities’ Fair in our school on September 12, 2018 to educate our students with all the information about the career related opportunities. We bring together everything related to career and life skills counselling services for students, parents and teachers. Universities were:
- Ashoka University
- IIM Indore
- Manipal Global
- Vellore Institute Of Technology (VIT)
- Ansal University
- Avantika University ( MIT Group, Pune)
- KKMII Stratford
- World University of Design
- OP Jindal Global University
- IFAAA (Interior, Fashion, Animation, Architecture, Applied Arts)
UK Universities’ Fair 2018
While our home country plays an important role in imbibing the rich culture and tradition, we need to define the career and education choices for our students’ aligned with the rapidly increasing global development. Adhering the same, we take the initiatives to provide them a platform, wherein the students get direct interaction with the appropriate people and get clarity about the application and the admission procedure, which tends to get strenuous otherwise. The seven renowned universities’ representatives interacted with our students and highlighted unique facts which were quite interesting and astonishing on August 24, 2018. The participating universities were:
- University of Bristol
- QMUL Internation
- University of Exeter
- King’s College London
- University of Surrey
- University of Leeds
- St Andrews University, Scotland
US Universities’ Fair 2018
We believe that the long-term career prospects can be enhanced by wealthy experiences so as to develop self-confidence and cross-cultural education information in order to place our students at the best suitable university. Henceforth, we provided a gala platform on studying in the United States, which is a rewarding experience. This year, there were 18 renowned US universities participated in the fair on August 21, 2018:-
- Capitol Technology University
- Depaul University
- Florida International University
- Full Sail University
- Hobart and William Smith Colleges
- Indiana University Bloomington
- New York Film Academy
- Ohio University
- Rutgers University–Camden
- San Diego State University
- Savannah College of Art and Design
- The University of Kansas
- University of Oklahoma
- University of California, Santa Barbara
- University of Houston
- University of Missouri
- University of Tennessee
- Wabash College
Deep Dive into the Ocean of Law
Apart from hosting the university delegates, we believe hosting our own successful alumni, so that the pros and the cons of a particular chosen area is well narrated through the real life experiences. Adhering the same, we exposed our law aspirants to an interactive session with our alumni, Apoorvi Jha on July 20, 2018. “Academic excellence does not count for success in the profession of law, it’s indeed the professional competency acquired through experience which is the benchmark of success”, she said. She shared her thrilling experiences of the moot courts, the debates in the classrooms, and the feeling of supremacy on being understood the jargon riddled, jaded and demanding texts of the law. She also motivated the students by highlighting that being law students definitely meant something different and extraordinary. Harshwardhan Chouhan, XII grader, also gave some meaningful insights from his research on the law as career, which gave much clarity to the aspirants.
University of British Columbia, Canada visits the School
The school hosted the delegate from the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada, Ms. Tanushree Bhattacharya on July 17, 2018. She interacted with the students of grades XI and XII. In an hour long session, the speaker highlighted the entrepreneurial perspective of the college which encourages students to challenge the convention, lead to discovery and explore new ways of learning. The students also got insights into the course offerings, the university culture, and its expectations from the students, application quintessential and much more. Towards the end of the session, the attendees were quite clear with the idea, ‘At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world.’
Orientation for Classes IX to XII
Knowing what to expect allows each student time to start discovering his strengths. Playing ones strengths allows an individual to perform his best, thereby keeping undue pressure at bay. With this objective as priority, the school counseling department outlined the quintessential strides on the importance of personality grooming, changing trends in higher education and being multi -tasking as the key components in success June 20-22, 2018.
Methodist University Session
“They say, it’s not about the grades that make, but the hands that you shake”. Truly supporting the saying, we take advantage of opportunities that give edge to our students to explore, learn, and exchange. Today, April 13, 2018, we availed the opportunity of shaking hands with Ms. Minnu Paul, Methodist University, University in Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States who faced the students of classes XI and XII with all the comparative aspects of higher education in India v/s USA. Besides all the relevant information about the majors and the minors, the speaker highlighted the proud tradition of excellence in intercollegiate athletics. The sum total of conducting these sessions is that our students realize the significance of making educated decision.
The Red Pen, Mumbai Session
The school was engaged with a day-long array of productive sessions on April 04, 2018 in terms of higher education opportunities and application procedures in the US, UK, Canada, Singapore, Australia, Netherlands, Ireland, etc. The spokespersons from The Red Pen, Mumbai had a close one-to-one interaction with the students. On one hand, students had a brainstorming college essay writing session, while on the other, parents were enlightened with the various scholarships and funding through sports, and still further, the teachers had a session on writing effective letters of recommendation.
Visitation of New York University, Abu Dhabi
Global education is an essential component of the school counseling department. We believe it to be the utmost required domain to harness the students’ intellects culturally and linguistically, thereby creating research-focused learning opportunities and meet their coursework. On March 27, 2018, the school hosted Ms. Meenakshi Sharma from New York University, Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), who educated our students on the plethora of opportunities lying at NYUAD.
Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Being an ambitious institution, we seek to equip our students with the skills they will need in an increasingly disrupted and challenged world. Henceforth, we lay emphasis on global education in order to transform the student experience. Going a step further, we hosted Queensland University of technology, Australia on March 23, 2018, who interacted with the students of grade XII to specify the quintessential requisites of study in Australia.
Energizing Students’ Potentials
Basic talents, values, and motives have an impact when decisions are made about courses and careers. The process is just not about enrolling to a top college or university, but being successful in the same. It’s the accumulation of knowledge, personality traits, and certain achievable skill sets that makes the process complete. So, before we counsel our students, we discuss the pedagogy of these attainable skill sets that play an extremely important role in the clarifying their career aspirations and achieve more success.An orientation encapsulating distinct skill set, overcoming potential problems and strategies for success was conducted by our school Career Guidance Counselor Mrs. Vandana Murjani, wherein the students were acquainted with the desired skills and various dimensions of career decisions.
Enhancing Students’ Capacity To Learn And Earn Real World Experience
Our students need to emerge as leaders, critical thinkers and professionals so as to meet the demands of the competitive world, which further rests upon the education pursued after the high school. We believe in taking the onus of placing our students at the best institutions across the globe. Our Career Counseling Department takes all the required initiatives and efforts to provide a platform to the students wherein they can directly meet the delegates from the top universities. In the same line, a session with The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA was conducted for the students of Class-XII, wherein the students got the direct information like how UWM professors tackle issues locally and globally, shared their expertise in leading publications, earning patents, influencing public policy, etc. which otherwise becomes difficult to gather.
Session of Germany Education
German universities have a quite good network with universities all over the world. Moreover, there are quite a many other opportunities which we might be unaware of, and with the conation of confronting our students with the big picture, we hosted a delegate from Germany Education who not only highlighted the many benefits of German Education but also walked the students through the step by step application procedure. The gist of the session was the universities and the obtained graduate degrees are well-known all over the world and show the future employer that the student had a firm basic education. At German universities the practical part of the studies has an important part to play. Internships have to be done in many programs of study and every professor recommends doing one. The big industry and especially the large cities provide many opportunities for these internships. One can absolve them in the most different kinds of disciplines and companies.
Session of Daly College Business School
Creating a learning environment through implementing globally appreciated academic benchmarks, international exposure and inter-institutional exchanges yet being in town is what quite a many students look for. Henceforth, with the intention of exposing these students to the best options in town, we invited a delegate from Daly College Business School, who furnished the students of grade XII with the courses offered and the activities on DCBS camps.
Fueling The Liberal Arts Ethos
With the objective to offer an interdisciplinary education that delivers both breadth and depth in diverse areas of knowledge, we at school, try to cater to the needs of students in all the spheres of opportunities, and the emerging of liberal arts education in India, is at prime focus. Adhering the same, a session on The Liberal Education Ethos at FLAME University was conducted at school on January 1, 2018. The entire focus of the talk steered towards inculcating leadership and risk-taking skills in students and learning to follow one’s passion.
IC3 Regional Forum 2018
The Emerald Heights International School hosted the IC3 Regional Forum on February 24, 2018 wherein around fifty Principals and High School Counselors across the state participated. The selection of appropriate career is the backbone to successful future prospects, henceforth it’s very important for the stakeholders and parents to be keep abreast with the rapidly changing trends in the career domain, so that our children are guided in the most conducive manner. All this becomes possible with the right accumulation of knowledge, good and healthy relations with the universities and latest information in the field of higher education. Adhering the same, we earnestly involve ourselves in the events and activities which benefit our students directly. The insightful sessions were conducted by Mr. Ganesh Kohli (IC3 Conference Chair, Mumbai), Mr. Siddharth Singh (Principal, The Emerald Heights International School, Indore), Prof. Hariharan Krishnan (Ashoka University, Delhi), Ms. Tanushka Bali (Senior Advisor, USIEF, Mumbai), Ms. Shri Ravella (Marist College, USA), Ms. Anu Kalhan (Full Sail University, USA) and Ms. Vandana Murjani (Guidance Counselor The Emerald Heights International School, Indore).
The Design Convention
With objective to initiate, seed and nurture the idea of design amongst our budding aspirants, The Design Convention was organized by the Career Department of the school on January 16, 2018. The objective of the convention was to provide insights on design pathways and specializations, offering inputs on design careers and answering various queries that otherwise go unanswered. We believe it to be an immersive and diverse experience that will enable aspirants to be well prepared to embark upon the design journey.
We envisaged industry and academic experts from various design faculties to present a body of work to give the aspirants the desired creative confidence. The campus abuzzed with a series of hands-on workshops on various domains designed and conducted by the industry experts from different parts of the country, thereby assisting the aspirants to unravel the untapped creative potential.
These experts were the delegates from the renowned universities:
- Indian Institute of Art and Design, Delhi : Communication Design
- Pearl Academy, Mumbai, Jaipur, Delhi : Fashion Design
- Avantika University, Ujjain : The Design Thinking
- The Design Village ,Delhi : Transportation Design
- World University of Design, Delhi : Product Design
- United world Institute of Design, Ahmedabad : Animation
- Design IFAAA , Indore : Interior Design
The Serendipity of Guidance based Counseling
Today’s children are growing up in a rapidly changing social, cultural and educational environment where they are dealing with the new age of information and entertainment. Lifestyles and value systems of children are shaped by the digital media. Children need proper support and guidance to cope up with the pressure of this complex modern living. In the absence of the required guidance, children might become aimless and aggressive. Keeping in lieu that children spend most of their formative years in the school, we profoundly opine that the onus of bringing them up mentally healthy individuals, falls summarily upon us. Actualizing the dire need for the schools to adopt the whole philosophy of Guidance based education, we in association with ICTRC, hosted a Regional Symposium of School Principal’s on November 23, 2017 in our campus. Principal’s from renowned schools across the state assembled in the forum with the objective, to develop an understanding of the whole field of Guidance and Counselling in order to identify the needed change thereby creating a vision.
King’s College, London
The students of classes XI and XII had an informative session on July 26, 2017 with the delegate from King’s College, London in our school. The forty minutes session was a bundle full of information on unique resources at the university, the exciting courses and culture offered and the global employment opportunities. The key takeaway of the session was, ‘How to craft effective and compelling ‘Statement of Purpose’.
Digging the Funding Opportunities
Apart from guiding the students on college shortlisting, course selection, proper documentation and application process, we do not let go to advise them on how to seek out and apply for scholarships, and also highlight the best ways to boost their chances of receiving a scholarship. We also think it’s important that they understand the bigger picture as to why scholarships have become so essential to the students who want to graduate with a college degree—and why it’s imperative to understand that scholarships can be vital to their post-college success. Adhering the same, we hosted Mr. Neeraj Mandhana, CEO, Next Genius Scholarship Program on August 01, 2017 to speak to the students closely and guide them to make the best out of it.
Session of Ms. Sabrina Moss from the University of Washington
The Emerald Heights’ Career Counselling and Guidance Cell organised the session of Ms. Sabrina Moss from the University of Washington, US on August 08, 2017 for the students of Classes-IX to XII. The session was interactive which helped students in selection of courses and universities. These informative sessions prove out to be an efficient way to learn about multiple college options and what differentiates one institution from the other.
The UK Universities’ Fair
The school proudly hosted delegates from the renowned universities in the United Kingdom on July 25, 2017, who addressed the students and educated them regarding the plethora of higher education opportunities in the UK and unfold the pathway for the same. The session was full of useful information about the courses offered and the UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) facts. We believe that these platforms will open a new place in the lives of our students. The participating universities were:
- The University of Nottingham
- The University of Leeds
- The University of Essex
- The University of Exeter
- The Portsmouth University
Is Hotel Industry the Right Career For Me…???
The country representatives from four world class universities, specialized and renowned for the Hotel Industry Courses, interacted with our students in the most customized mode on July 21, 2017 conducted in our school.
Before jumping to any decision, we advise students to analyze the pros and cons, growth prospects, matching of the course/work profile in accordance with their personality’s traits. The attendees got wide spectrum of knowledge in relation to food and beverages, housekeeping, front desk and beyond. The universities were:
- Kendall College, US
- Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School (BMIHMS), Australia
- Glion Institute of Higher Education, Switzerland
- Les Roches International School of Hotel Management, Switzerland
US Universities’ Fair
The appeal to get immediate personalized responses to the students’ queries, knowing more about the programs, funding opportunities on the offers and getting clarity on the application process are the strong reasons for us to host university delegates on our campus. Thus, we take all initiatives and efforts to expose our students to these officials, so as to give them the clarity on what university admissions officers look for in their prospective students. The good news is that the aspirants learn more about how to be eligible and apply for scholarships. The visit of renowned US universities in our school on August 22, 2017 was one such move that proved to be helpful to students so as to avail maximum benefits in the study abroad journey. The universities were:
- Florida International University (Miami, FL)
- Ohio University (Athens, OH)
- University Of California, Riverside (Riverside, CA)
- University Of Oklahoma (Norman, Oklahoma)
We also had a session for our students by delegates of one of the renowned universities of the world, Arizona State University on September 12, 2017.
Ashoka University Visit
A pioneering Liberal Arts University, Ashoka University visited school on August 24, 2017 and acquainted the students of class XII with the stringent admission process and decent co-curricular expectations to get in. The presentation concluded with the interactive session wherein the students not only got their queries answered, but also updated with the new opportunities that lie ahead on Ashoka Campus.
Indian Universities’ Fair
With the rapid pace in the ongoing scenario, it comes to the utmost that we expose our students to the plethora of opportunities that lie ahead of them in context of their higher education. As we possess the goal of providing quality education, the onus of this ownership lies on our shoulders. With this viewpoint, we organized Indian Universities’ Fair in our school on September 04, 2017 to educate our students with all the information about the career related opportunities. The universities were:
- Ashoka University
- IIM Indore
- Manipal Global
- Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT)
- Ansal University
- Institute of Finance and International Management (IFIM)
- Avantika University (MIT Group, Pune)
- KKMI Stratford University
- World University of Design
- OP Jindal Global University
- IFAAA (Interior, Fashion, Animation, Architecture & Applied Arts)
Regional Symposium on Higher Education
The school hosted an orientation workshop with the parents and the students of class X on August 08, 2017. Albeit, the desideratum of the counseling sprouts from the initial years, yet it needs to be meticulously taken care during the students’ transition from grade X to grade XI, when the need to opt for the specific subject stream arises. Henceforth, it calls for additional ardency with these students. The school in collaboration with Dr Ravindran’s ICTRC, takes the onus to make this transition stress free, through the 4 phase course of action. We ensure the participation of each and every parent during the process. Undoubtedly, the program turns out to be effective in terms of career awareness and exploration thereby employing strategies to enhance academics.
A Special Time with USIEF and Embassy Consulate
USIEF (United States-India Educational Foundation), a bi national full bright commission had a session in our school on September 26, 2017 wherein they advised students who are planning to pursue higher studies in the US, about the accurate, comprehensive and current information on opportunities for higher education in the US. The representative from the US Embassy Consulate also chipped in and discussed about the process of applying for F1 student visa to the US.
University of British Columbia, Canada Amidst Emeralites
We understand the widely and fast expanding demands of the career and professional life, and also its impact on students’ minds. Ergo, we care to make the process easy and stress free for our students and parents to reach out with questions that may arise in regard to their community and admissions processes. We value these interactions not as a way of measuring a student’s interest in attending any college, but because we know that these interactions help students decide if any particular university is the right place they would want to spend the next four years of their academic journey. Our endeavor to host University of British Columbia, Canada, on July 11, 2017, a top notch university was one such productive initiative.
Peer-to-peer mentoring, we envisage, is a supportive aid for the students in enhancing learning and personal development. In keeping with the same, the school Head Boy, Dev Seth, mentored the students of classes VIII and IX on July 08, 2017 for the upcoming PSAT exam conducted by the College Board, New Jersey, USA. Dev not only imparted the knowledge and skills to be successful in the PSAT , but also facilitated the importance of personal self support and best utilization of the free resources available online. The session was a highly influential one which concluded with the positive note on the expectations and policies of the program for productive outcomes.
Alumni Panel Discussion
An array of questions embed the students while applying for the colleges in their senior years. Irrespective of the massive information available online, yet these inquisitive minds strive for the real and pragmatic verse. To pacify this appetite, a panel discussion session was conducted on July 05, 2017 wherein the panelists were none other than our own successful ex students . These young students customised the content exclusively aligned with the students ado. After the plethora of discussion on the hurdles and the efficient ways to overcome these, the facilitators gave the audience opportunity to ask questions thereby directing the verve of productive discussion.
The Career Confluence…Choose, Prepare and Submit!!!
To hog increased confidence in the ability to be successful in the career goals and to apply what we learn, is the quintessential principal of our institution. With these principles taught, the budding students will be capable enough to master the technique of using power. Thusly, we latch on to empower our students to have this power by conducting Career Confluence at regular intervals and one such session we had on June 29, 2017 for class XI. The sole objective of these workshops is to regulate the existing skills needed to achieve the set target, evaluate their talents, interests and values, identify and discover the resources, and to focus on the attainment of these. We presume our target is accomplished when they successfully carve a niche for themselves in the world.
Education in Australia
As a part of our unending efforts to reach out to the potentials of the students, we keep initiating wonderful and informative experiences for our students to get updates on the study options available worldwide. Attuning the same, we proudly hosted seven Australian Universities in our school campus. The students of Class-XI & XII were benefitted with the interactive session with the university delegates and got a broad spectrum on the Admission Assessments, Availability of Scholarships, Visa Application, Course Selection, University Campus, Entrance Exams and many other aspects related to the higher education.
Career Days – Workshops
With the rapid growth in the career big blue marble, the onus of taking out the young aspirants from the self-sabotage lies on our shoulders. Choosing the right career option amidst the plethora of subject combinations and the burgeoning institutions in India and abroad, therefore, eventually comes out to be the utmost. With this surge of interest, exclusive Career Days Workshops were conducted for the students of Class-IX to XII wherein the students were educated about the various blends in order to satisfy their personal need.
The Workshops were:
- Combinations of Streams : Class-IX
- Changing Trends in Humanities : Class-X
- Engineering Branches – What is Engineering All About??? : Class-XI & XII (PCM)
- Commerce – What’s In and What’s Out??? : Class-XI & XII (Commerce)
Dialogues on Design
Dialogues on Design (D on D) is an event congenial for the students aspiring to pursue their career in the arena of designing was hosted in the school. The students from various schools of the town attended this gala event.
D on D was an initiative of the Emerald Heights International School and the Indian Institute of Arts and Designing, Mumbai (ISDI), to seed and nurture the idea of design amongst young aspirants. The Director and Co-founder of ISDI, Mr. Siddharth Shahne and Med-tech Entrepreneur, Mr. Mihir Shah housed the idea of designing thereby giving insights on design pathways and answered various queries that otherwise go unanswered. The convivial session was followed by a series of hands-on workshops designed for aspirants to unravel the untapped creative potentials in 4 major domains:
- Fashion Designing
- Interior Designing
- Product Designing
- Communication Designing
Overall, it was an immersive and diverse pool of experience that will enable the aspirants to be well prepared to embark upon the design trajectory in the years to come.
Education in US
We believe in making continuous remarkable differences to the career selection and preparation of our students. Henceforth, we believe in taking the onus of connecting and creating cultural understanding thereby exposing them to the global mass extinctions and career supportive services.
We believe global education to be extremely substantial in these rapidly changing times because the world today is interconnected and interdependent. Our children need to be the successful global citizens.
Attuning the same rhythm, the school hosted nine renowned American Universities to create a counseling-focused and personal experience. The university representatives not just shared their program details, but also helped students discover the most appropriate educational pathways, through personal interaction with them.
The Universities were:
- Washington & Jefferson College, Washington
- University of Oklahoma, Norman
- University of California, Irvine
- University of Buffalo, The State University of New York
- SUNY Plattsburgh, New York
- Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah
- Ohio University, Athens
- New York Film Academy, New York
- Hillsborough Community College, Tampa
Workshop on Advanced Placement (AP) Program
To get an edge with the global education and acquaintance with its criteria, we strive to help our students achieve their goals and reach the acme.
This calls for the customized strategy and guidance in finding the right standardized tests and right fit institution. The key objective of our career counselling and guidance cell is to strengthen awareness towards the substantial requirements and admission procedures of the institutions overseas. Henceforth, rendezvousing the students with the relevant resource person comes to pivotal. Attuning the same, we hosted a session with Ms. Lisa Jain, College Board Country Representative, wherein she unwrapped the essential information on standardized tests such as SAT v/s ACT and TOEFL v/s IELTS.
The highlight of the session was to educate the students with the information on the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP), through which they can further earn college credits and distinguish themselves from the rest of the applicants.
We also feel honoured to announce that The Emerald Heights International School is now the First AP Test Center in MP.
The school premises abuzzed with the verve of curiosity and enthusiasm during the One-to-One Counseling Sessions of the students of Class-X. In order to raise the bar in the selected subject, the career counselling and guidance cell ensured that our students are furnished with the information and exposure to the facts and data relevant to their field of study. This will enable them to build on and excel in their professional careers thereby moulding their identity.
The entire week long counseling course of action helped the students and their parents to better understand their child’s interests, thought process and latent potentials, so that they make the right choice and the right decision for abounding success which they richly deserve.
Workshop on Effective Study Skills
A workshop on Effective Study Skills was conducted for the students of Class-IX to XI. The session being chaired by the renowned Educational Psychologist, Counselor Trainer and Teacher Educator, Dr V. K. Ravindran. The session was highly substantial and would certainly embellish the performance of the students. The key points of the workshop were Time Management, Concentration Cues and Do’s And Dont’s while preparing for the exams. It was not only engaging but interesting too, as it captured the attention and enthusiasm of each student, without giving vent to any monotony. The workshop was followed by the question answer round. Overcoming all hesitations, the students raised relevant and intelligent queries, which were acknowledged with in-depth explanations.
Symposium on Higher Education
Selection of appropriate career is the backbone to successful and satisfying future prospects. Adhering the same, we emphasise on creating the ethos that proves to be lucrative to the students. The exuberant event Symposium on Higher Education was hosted in the school premises with the objective to provide an opportunity to students to obtain unbiased and authentic career information and also to equip them with the knowledge of the scientific process of choosing careers and courses.
The event was staged by the panel of career counsellors and other experts headed by the renowned Educational Psychologist, Counsellor Trainer and Teacher Educator, Dr. V.K. Ravindran.
Dr. V.K. Ravindran, Mr. Siddharth Singh and Mr. Keshav Singh, with their varied experiences, cleared the clouds of the myths and misconceptions associated with the career selection, briefed and debriefed about the information disseminated, and safeguarded the interests of students by enlightening them with the right kind of career decisions to be conceived.
Around 1200 aspirants and 50 educators and counselors from across the town attended the lucrative event. The lofty bonanza was a super success in imparting the rapid and myriad changes in the higher education landscape of the country.