Right now is an exciting time for seniors! Just about all of the college applications have been submitted and decision letters are rolling in. It is now a time for the juniors to get excited (and hopefully not too stressed!). Yesterday, the department kicked off its second annual College Planning 101 program for juniors. This program consists of a monthly seminar that focuses on a specific topic related to the college planning and application process.
The first seminar began with the students completing a survey that asked questions related to worries about the college application process, worries about going to college, their dream school, college visits, and what they hope to get from the college experience. Additional questions that came up related to SAT/ACT prep, GPA, the Common Application, and course selection. The questions were used to guide a group discussion. The goal was to get a sense of the thoughts, questions, and knowledge that the class of 2016 has. It was also a great opportunity for the students to realize that any questions or concerns that they have regarding college are completely normal and that they are not alone in this process.
The seminar wrapped up by asking the students for ideas for future College Planning 101 topics. The responses were great. How to choose the right major, how to prepare for the SAT or ACT, admissions criteria, and how to choose the right school are all things the students hope to learn more about. The department is going to use these ideas to shape upcoming seminars.
Is there anything the guidance department can add? What questions or concerns do you have about college? It can be anything! Please feel free to comment with any suggestions or ideas! The guidance department’s goal is to inform and help the juniors the best way possible! We want to alleviate any stress, worries, and concerns during a very busy, yet exciting time!
Please watch out for a follow up post for March’s College Planning 101 seminar! We hope that if you are not able to attend, you gain something from reading about it here!