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February Newsletter: Freshmen

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 to learn how artists and athletes can optimize their process and as well as how to finance a college education, how to approach standardized testing, and thoughts on optimizing and personalizing the Breck experience and a chance to ask questions. 

Please refer to the invitation sent last week for further information about panels, panelists and programming details.

A Note on Practice Tests and Practice Test Results

We distributed the practice PSAT results and booklets during the January 31 College Forum. If your child was absent or missed this event, we will distribute them during the February 14th advisory. The scores are informative, but should be reviewed within context. Rather than focusing on scores, it is the skills assessed that are most worth reviewing. 

Summer Plans

With one semester in the rearview mirror, now is the time to reflect and make some goals for the future, both in the classroom and out. Students should continue to develop good study habits, get to know teachers, and step out of their comfort zone to take on a leadership role, try a new activity, and to find other outlets for their talents and interests. As you complete scheduling requests for next year, make summer plans, be mindful that how students spend their time reflects their interests and passions! 

Upper School College Counseling News

Last week we were fortunate to host a handful of senior level admissions professionals from around the country. Not only did our students impress our visitors with their genuine and engaging personalities, but I noticed once again that in those hours between the end of school and the start of our evening program, our students were remained. Many going to and from commitments, sitting around a table doing homework, and finding a moment to scarf down some dinner before the program began. It’s a wonder just how much Breck students accomplish. These commitments coupled with the lingering winter weather can cause some angst to develop this month. 

This is always an exciting time of year for the College Counseling Office as we are working with students at every phase of the college process: sophomores who are stepping timidly into the college sphere with introductory meetings through to seniors, who, for some the process is over, and for others, who are still in the thick of things. Therefore, you will find this to be a longer newsletter; but it is one I trust you will find valuable as you support your child. 

College Counseling Office

Jonathan Nicholson
Director of College Counseling

Susan Graham
Associate Director of College Counseling

Andrea O’Connell
Associate Director of College Counseling

Carrie Papillon
College Counseling Office Assistant