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!
This start to the new year is more challenging than most, but since I know you all pretty well, we’re going to have fun with it. Along with our new Commons space a lot of us have moved our offices. I will be found in the Main Office near Bridghette. I’m not exactly moved in yet because I am still waiting for file cabinets, bookshelves and conference table to arrive. I also have a new phone number—248-203-7487—but I don’t have a phone yet. However, we counselors know that flexibility is the key to sanity, if not happiness! You’ll definitely want to make yourselves at home here, especially when the college reps start to visit and as we talk about your applications.
We’re going to kick off the school the year with our Senior/Parent College Night, Wednesday, September 6 at 7:00 PM in the Acheson Theatre. 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, be assured that everything will all be sent out on time. We want to make the process as stress free as possible.
I’m still waiting for most of you to send the email contacts of people who know you well so I can make progress on your recommendation letters. Some of you have sent essay drafts and I’m happy to meet with you look over your initial drafts and brainstorm essay ideas. This year the National Association of College Admission Counseling is earlier than most years, so all of college counselors and admissions officers in the nation will be in Boston the week of September 10-17 so that will give you a chance to get those emails together and begin your essays, and for me to get my office organized. One thing I would suggest: LET ME KNOW IF THERE ARE ANY COLLEGES YOU ARE PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN AND I CAN SPEAK TO THEIR REPRESENTATIVES ON YOUR BEHALF AND/OR ASK THEM QUESTIONS FOR YOU!
We will begin to schedule meetings to work toward finalizing your college lists, making sure everyone has a good range of colleges in respect to selectivity and affordability and that all have the potential to be a “perfect match” for each of you.
Colleges are lining up to talk with Roeper students and 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 your emails and the Roeper Record regularly and for students to watch for postings on the College Counseling Boards 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 not only a great idea, but is pretty much expected if you are planning to apply: they make an effort to come and visit only a few selected schools in our area. Besides, I know of specific students who have gotten into highly selective colleges directly because of their meeting with a college rep. Finally, attending visits by college reps for schools you had not considered can open your eyes and minds to a place that might be just right for you.
I’m really looking forward to spending this next year with you as you plan your futures. I have read thousands of applications and student personal statements and am happy to look yours over and share my “wealth of knowledge!” Together, while we can’t slow this year down, we can make it fun!
Patricia Bostwick, MA, LPC
Director of College Counseling