Welcome to your Senior Year!
This next year will be one of the most fun/tense/exciting/stressful/wonderful/fast-moving of your life! You will be planning the next steps to your future, while at the same time, you will be celebrating closing out a phase of your life. We in College Counseling are excited about our part in this!
Most of you have had your initial college planning meetings and we are beginning to schedule meetings with those who have not yet, as well as follow up meetings for those who have. Some students have begun sending information for your letters of recommendation and your personal statement rough drafts. I am hoping to help you work toward finalizing your college lists, making sure everyone has a good range of colleges in respect to selectivity and affordability and that have the potential to be a “perfect match” for each of you.
Kicking off the year—this coming Wednesday, September 2—is our Senior/Parent College Night at 7:00 PM in the Commons. We are hoping that all seniors and their parents will attend. The evening will be packed full of information about the application process—how to navigate the Common Application and other college applications, what to do about your test scores, letters of recommendation, deadlines, financial aid, personal statements and more!! We want you to have your questions answered and gain a sense of the process, the timelines and, most importantly, assurance that everything will all be sent out on time. We want to make the process as stress free as possible.
Additionally, since it is not too late to continue to explore new college possibilities and since colleges are lining up to talk with Roeper students you’ll want to watch for these times and dates. We’ll share our most up-to-date list at the Senior/Parent Meeting, but new schools are calling every day to get on our schedule, so it is most important to read the Roeper Record regularly and for students to watch for postings on the College Counseling White Board and read the Morning Notes daily. The representatives that come to Roeper are the same people who will read your applications and advocate for you, so putting a face with a name is a great idea. I know definitely of students who have gotten into highly selective colleges directly because of their meeting with a college rep. And attending visits of college reps for schools you had not considered can open your eyes and minds to a place that might be just right for you.
In general, consider checking with College Counseling to look over your personal statements and submitting your Common App to make sure everything is correct.
I have read thousands of applications and student personal statements and am happy to look yours over. Together, while we can’t slow this year down, we can make it fun!
Patricia Bostwick, MA, LPC
Director of College Counseling