This fall, the SJS College Counseling office was pleased to offer a series of programs for all Saint James students and families. Mr. Robert Harry, Director of College Counseling, planned the programs with the aim of building a current college admissions knowledge base within our community.
"Given that formal meetings and individualized planning sessions do not start until January of the fifth form year, it was my hope that these events would lay the groundwork for productive conversations among families and students outside of the school day," he said.
The series included four programs on a variety of topics relevant to the SJS community:
- Considering College Athletic Recruitment: Information for Prospective Athletes and Families with Kathy Phillips, Associate Dean of Admission, Duke University and Admissions Liaison for Duke Athletics;
- 2020 and Beyond: Preparing for College Admissions in the Future with Heidi Frye, Associate Director of Admission, Gettysburg College; Dylan Keene, Senior Admission Advisor, Emory University; and Kristen Pantazes, Associate Director of Admission, University of Pennsylvania;
- All About Financial Aid: What Families Need to Know with Chad Spencer, Senior Associate Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, Davidson College;
- The State of College Admissions: An Interactive Q&A with Julie Kerich, Director of Admission, Franklin & Marshall College, and Taylor Duvall, Admission Counselor, University of Maryland, College Park
In addition, prior to their panel discussion, the college representatives from Emory University, Gettysburg College, and the University of Pennsylvania held an essay-writing workshop with our sixth form students that focused on common pitfalls in essay writing, Common Application essay prompts, and college-specific supplementary essays.
"This was a great opportunity for our families to have access to up-to-date college information as well as the opportunity to ask questions of college admissions officers who read our students' applications," said Mr. Harry. "Events like these have the potential to create a wider dialogue regarding the academic, extracurricular, and financial preparation necessary for successful college applications in the future. I am thankful to the students and families who attended these valuable sessions."