04 Feb 2016

Juniors Get Advice on College Admissions

Catholic High School partnered with St. Josephí´s Academy to host its ninth annual college admissions seminar. The program was designed for CHS and SJA juniors and their parents to learn about the college admissions process. Several college representatives from both in and out-of-state institutions were on hand to meet students, answer questions and offer advice.

The eveningí´s program featured both large and small group break-out sessions on various admissions topics. From essay writing and creating a college list, to selective admissions and scholarships, juniors learned firsthand from admissions professionals how important this process can be.

In one of the large group sessions, CHS senior Andr_ Aguillard, who just finished his college admissions process, offered some friendly advice. íÍStart early and stay organized. Make notes of all your deadlines and put reminders on your phone.íñ

In a small break-out group, juniors learned the importance of the college essay and the role it can play from Andrew Moe, senior assistant dean of admissions at Swarthmore College. íÍYour essay can be a very important tool in helping a college learn about who you are; the person behind the application. We want to know how you feel and think, what is important to you and what moves you. This should happen through your essay.íñ

The College Planning Seminar is just one of several activities and presentations the CHS college counselors use to prepare students for college admissions. íÍThis event follows our classroom presentations to juniors to reinforce their role and responsibilities in this process,íñ noted Sherry Brouillette, CHSí´ senior counselor and college counselor. íÍOur hope is that parents and juniors left our program understanding the many factors that contribute to an admissions decision, and the best way for the student to present himself in the college application process.íñ