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Welcome to the O'Farrell website. I am one of the school counselors for O'Farrell's High School Academy. My educational background includes a Bachelors Degree in History from The University of California at San Diego and a Masters in Education as well as School Counseling Credential from Point Loma Nazarene University. This is my ninth school year at O'Farrell and third working in the High School Counseling Department. I am looking forward to a great year and to assisting O'Farrell High School students with the development of their academics, career choices and personal/social well-being.

Please do not hesitate to contact with me with any questions you may have - I am happy to help.

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Please join UCSC for one of their online events in November. This will be an excellent chance to view presentations and engage with Admissions officers to get questions answered, to get a feel for Banana Slug life, and to see if UC Santa Cruz is the right university for you. 

All event times are U.S. Pacific Standard Time (time zone converter).
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 4-6 p.m. PST UC Admissions & Application Overview
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 4-6 p.m. PST UC Application: Last-Minute Questions Chat

Sending SAT Scores to UC's and CSU's

  • UC schools share scores across their system, so you only need to send to one UC and they will all share with each other. 
  • To send to all CSU's, you must send to CSU Mentor. You can list CSUMentor as an SAT score recipient. The SAT institution code for CSUMentor is 3594. CSUMentor will then store your scores for ALL CSU campuses to utilize. If you have not yet sent your scores to either a CSU campus or CSUMentor, you can request this at 
You can find more information about sending scores in your OCS College Counseling Guidebook on page 11. 

An Admissions Representative from Santa Fe University of Art and Design (Santa Fe, New Mexico) will be visiting the counseling office on Thursday, October 20th at 2pm. This is a great opportunity for a face-to-face meeting with a representative from an Art and Design school if this is an area of study you are interested in. Please check-in with your Career Development Teacher, Ms. Crivello, Ms. K or Ms. Gilbert if you would like to stop by for a meeting. You will also need to get this brief meeting cleared with your 3A teacher. 

NACAC PVA College Fair

On October 20th there will be a National Association for College Admissions Counseling College Fair for the Performing and Visual Arts. Please plan to attend this if this is an area of study you are interested in. You can ask Ms. Crivello, Career Development Teachers or Counselors. 
Reminder: Thursday, October 20th at lunch an admissions representative from Seton Hall University will be on campus to speak with students. Please plan to stop by the counseling office during your lunch. Seton Hall is a private University located in New Jersey. Besides Financial Aid, they offer a variety of additional scholarships. You can view those scholarships here: Seton Hall University Scholarship Page

FAFSA Information for Seniors

Here is a video describing how to create your FSA ID. Counseling, Career Development teachers and Ms. Romero (our CalSOAP advisor) will be assisting you with this process - this video is for your reference. 

Best Careers by College Major

"College is a major investment in your future. Your degree can unlock doors to a rewarding and lucrative career. Our series of industry reports is designed to help you choose a path forward. Learn about opportunities for all degree levels."
Please utilize the above resource to explore college majors. There are over fifteen career guides you can take a look at when deciding which major to declare. 

Scholarship Opportunity from the University of Georgia
The University of Georgia is now accepting applications for our most prestigious undergraduate academicscholarships, the Foundation Fellowship and Ramsey Honors Scholarships.  These premier scholarships place an emphasis on developing a community of scholar citizens to be leaders within the global community. 
The Foundation Fellowship and Ramsey Honors Scholarship programs at UGA seek students who meet a very high academic threshold, demonstrate an intense intellectual curiosity about the world around them, are leaders in their schools and communities, possess special artistic, or other talents and are committed to sharing their knowledge and gifts to others. 
As UGA’s most prestigious undergraduate scholarship, the Foundation Fellowship provides an annual stipend of over $11,000 per year for Georgia residents and nearly $19,000 for nonresidents of Georgia.  The Bernard Ramsey Honors Scholarship provides nearly $6,000 per year for Georgia Residents and nearly $10,000 per year for nonresidents of Georgia.  Both scholarships provide a wealth of travel, mentorship, and research opportunities through involvement with the UGA Honors Program.
Recent recipients of the Foundation Fellowship and Ramsey Honors Scholarships earned some of the most renowned graduate fellowships and international scholarships.  We hope that you will encourage your top students to consider these tremendous opportunities. 
Prior to starting the online scholarship application, students must first apply for admission.  Once the admissions application has been submitted and processed, students will be able to begin the separate scholarshipapplication.  Please direct any questions about this application to The deadline to complete the application process is November 1, 2016
Thank you for all you to do support your students.
Patrick M. Winter
Associate Vice President for Admissions and Enrollment Management
Office of Admissions | University of Georgia
Terrell Hall | Athens, GA 30602-1633