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Recent College Counseling Blog Postings

Posted on Tuesday, February 6, 2018
College Counselor Assignments and First Meetings College Counselor assignments were sent to families in December. We ask that all sophomores see Carrie Papillon in the College Counseling Office to schedule an appointment with their college counselor.  Counselor schedules are filling up as many sophomores have already done so and juniors will now begin scheduling meetings as well. We ask these first meetings include only the student and counselor as they serve as an opportunity to get to...
Posted on Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Junior Application Case Studies Workshop Thanks to all who attended our program on January 24. The admissions leaders from Connecticut College, The University of Minnesota, The University of Wisconsin, and The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) provided a behind-the-scenes look at the admission process. We will use this exercise as a springboard to the work we do this spring and beyond.  Scheduling Juniors should see Ms. Papillon immediately to schedule an appointment with their...
Posted on Tuesday, February 6, 2018
“The waiting is the hardest part…” I don’t often quote musicians in the Newsletter, but I find Tom Petty’s words relevant for our seniors. It’s not easy to wait, and this is just what many seniors must do right now. The work has been done: the essays written, applications completed and submitted, test scores sent. Though the colleges take the next course of action — making the decision to admit, defer or refuse — there is still work to be done!  Remember to check online statuses to make sure...
Posted on Monday, February 5, 2018
Grades 9-10 Student/Parent College Counseling Meeting On Wednesday, January 31, many families joined us for our annual Grades 9-10 Student Parent College Counseling Meeting. Jeff Allen, Vice President for Admissions and Financial Aid at Macalester College, Chris George, St. Olaf’s Dean of Admissions, Adam Webster, Senior Associate Dean of Admission at Carleton College and other members of the Breck community joined us for a series of conversations on a variety of topics. It was a great night...
Posted on Thursday, January 4, 2018
With a semester fully under your belt, it is time to reflect on the first semester. What went well? What are areas of improvement? Are the subjects or activities that you would like to learn more about? While the college process is still years away, such questions and reflections can allow you to take steps that can put you on a path towards success. It is important to end the year on a high note; with the slate wiped clean in classes and opportunities for involvement presenting themselves anew...
Posted on Thursday, January 4, 2018
Every sophomore should have received his/her counselor assignment last month. Should you have not received your counselor assignment, please contact the College Counseling Office. Developing a relationship is an essential step in creating a successful college process. Many students may wish to meet with their college counselor the first time without parents.  REMEMBER THE GRADE 9-10 COLLEGE NIGHT ON JANUARY 31 | This will be a full evening and we expect to see sophomores and parents there....
Posted on Thursday, January 4, 2018
Now that the New Year is upon us, the college process will begin accelerating rather quickly for many students. Thank you for everyone who attended our November 8th program and for making the evening a success. The first conversations between students and counselors will center on getting to know one another and discussing a testing plan and scheduling. The concluding conversations we will have heading into the summer will involve creating a balanced college list. There is a lot that will...
Posted on Thursday, January 4, 2018
Happy New Year! “Waiting is the Hardest Part.” Many of us enjoyed this Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tune in the early ‘80s and now our seniors are feeling the truth in these lyrics. As hard as our seniors have worked to get to this point, the next few months can feel like an eternity. There’s nothing left to be completed: all the essays have been written, the standardized tests taken, the applications submitted. However, now is the time to revisit the college list once more as the last round...

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