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 as of 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 all have the potential to be a “perfect match” for each of you.
Among all of the changes for this year, you will find College Counseling in a new space—on the 2nd floor in what was Lisa’s office—Kelly P and I are excited to be neighbors. You’ll definitely want to find your way there, especially when the college reps start to visit!
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.
Kicking off the year—Wednesday, September 7 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, be assured that everything will all be sent out on time. We want to make the process as stress free as possible.
I’m looking forward to start meeting with you as you check in with College Counseling to brainstorm and to make sure everything is correct. 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