CC Next E-News

Happy New Year! We hope you all had a wonderful holiday break and are as excited for this new year as we are. This time of the year can make for some long days so we hope that our newsletter can provide you with some fun and helpful articles along the way.

10 Tips from Students on How to Beat the Student Winter Blues

January and February can be tough in the upper Midwest. Sunshine is sparse, the temperature is very cold and there is a long stretch between Christmas break and spring break. Many students find themselves losing motivation to stay focused and engaged in their studies. Here are 10 student-suggested tips for helping your student beat the winter blues.

  1. Study with friends who are a good influence and want the same success as you.
  2. Find little ways to reward yourself. Example: Work/study for an hour and then take a 10-minute break to get a snack and check in with a friend.
  3. Find a cozy environment – somewhere comfortable and warm
  4. Go outside for a short while. Be exposed to some natural light and breathe in the fresh air.
  5. Create a work/study schedule or timeline for your after-school time so you don’t waste time.
  6. Turn of all technology that will be a distraction. Put your phone on airplane mode.
  7. Listen to music that will help you stay focused. Classical music is great for concentration. Try listening to Mozart.
  8. Get started on your work as soon as you can instead of saving it for the last minute.
  9. Burn that extra energy through exercise. Then your body will be ready to settle down and focus.
  10. Remember the end goal and keep reminding yourself WHY you are doing this.



College and University Discovery at CC

“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”  ~Nelson Mandela

Did you know that Catholic Central plays host to many colleges and universities in the fall and throughout the year? College and university representatives come to meet our students and share about the opportunities their campuses have to offer. The institutions represented come from all over the U.S. and occasionally countries outside the U.S..

The characteristics which distinguish these institutions varies greatly:

  • Faith-based; Private unaffiliated; Public
  • In-state; Out-of-state
  • Very small (enrollment <1,000);  Very large (enrollment >50,000)
  • Liberal; Conservative
  • Technical; Arts; Conservatory
  • Rural; Suburban; Urban
  • Open Admission to the Most Selective Admission

Catholic Central students are not limited by how many college presentations they may attend. Presentations are open to juniors and seniors and are scheduled during Focus Time so as not to disrupt instructional time. Attending these presentations in our school functions as a reverse-campus visit – eliminating barriers like distance and time. In turn, these representatives are able to become familiar with our school culture and standards, and understand the context of our students’ growth opportunities.

In the case where a student is unavailable to attend a presentation they are interested in, a counselor will personally speak with the institution representative to receive information and updates to share with the interested student.

The Catholic Central Counseling Staff works hard to build a strong and positive rapport with each institution representative so they feel like the true guests that they are. We are honored by their decision to travel to West Michigan and prioritize Catholic Central in their itinerary.



CC Next Scholar Award

We are thrilled to announce the inaugural CC Next Scholar Award beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. This merit-based scholarship will be given to the ten incoming 9th grade students that score highest on the PSAT 8/9. As a Catholic school we want to make sure our school is affordable and accessible for all; at the same time, we also believe it is important to recognize and celebrate scholastic achievement.  Each award is for $2,000 atop of any need-based aid. The CC Next Scholar Award is good for one year (9th grade) for the family, and the 2019-2020 recipients will be announced in May.



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