The O'Farrell Charter School

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Welcome back for the 2016-2017 school year!

I'm thrilled to be working with all grade levels of students this year! I'll be working with the juniors taking AP Language and Composition, juniors taking American Literature, seniors in the ERWC, and all grade levels in my Journalism elective. Journalism will continue to publish The Kaleidoscope, our high school newspaper; please submit art, writing, photography, and ideas to Room 5000.

My background...

I was born and raised in San Diego and completed my undergraduate degree at University of Southern California. However, my degree in Business Administration never inspired or excited me. When I started my teaching credential program I knew I was on a path that would challenge and energize me every day. It is my passion to help students find their strengths, using those to pursue college and career paths that enrich and inspire.

I live for travel (ask which countries I went to this summer!), USC football, and breakfast burritos. I am easiest to reach through email: chantal.blakeney@ofarrellschool.org and encourage visitors in room 5000. Cheers to an amazing year!
 

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The Common App Prompts

http://www.commonapp.org/whats-appening/application-updates/common-application-announces-2017-2018-essay-prompts

2017-2018 Common Application Essay Prompts

PICK 1: Keep it under 650 words.

1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. [No change]

2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? [Revised]

3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome? [Revised]

4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. [No change]

5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others. [Revised]

6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more? [New]

7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design. [New]