The college search is a process that allows each student to engage in self-reflection and assessment, and is an exploratory journey where he or she discovers the important criteria which will lead their search and which colleges best fit who they are and what they want. This journey is as individual as each person’s thumbprint—reflecting who the student is at this moment in time. Their unique college list will reflect schools where they will be encouraged to prosper, grow, and change.
Don’t fall victim to the hysteria and pressure that describes the college search as a stressful period in your life. Our college counseling staff is here to support and guide you every step of the way, from discovering your talents and strengths to overcoming your weaknesses, registering for standardized tests (SAT, ACT, and/or TOEFL), meeting with college representatives, visiting college campuses, writing application essays, completing applications, and submitting your transcripts and recommendations to the colleges of your choice. We want your
college process to be a rewarding and positive experience.
The college counselors facilitate a series of seminars about the college admission process beginning in the sophomore year and continuing during junior and senior years. College admission seminars for Post Graduates are included in their PG Seminar course. During our seminars we expose students to college applications, essays and their meaning in the process, resume building, the personal characteristics sought by colleges when they review applications, the importance of involvement in the school community, and the more mundane details of accurately completing the college application and submitting it on time. Part of every seminar includes thoughtful discussion about the process and life after Cheshire Academy. Senior and Post Graduates participate in a special morning workshop in mid-October where counselors and faculty join together to assist them in the finer details of the admission process. Workshops include individual application essay feedback, completing the common application, mock interviews, follow-up on athletic documentation and NCAA requirements, updating the Naviance account and college list, and copying documents for international students which are needed in the process. Each year CA hosts upwards of 100 college representatives in the fall months who meet with students and we also sponsor a spring college fair on campus for sophomores and juniors that draws more than 125 college representatives from around the world.
As counselors, we attend regional and national conferences on the admission process, present sessions at professional meetings, engage in our own campus visits and build strong relationships with admission officers. Our counselor letters of recommendation provide positive communications with colleges which highlight your education, activities, contribution to school life, and potential for making a difference at the college of your choosing. Our roles are multifaceted. We are counselors and confidants; we are a resource of information from the onset of the testing process all the way to financial aid and final college selection. We assign juniors to college counselors in January and meet individually with students beginning in February of the 11th grade and continuing through the senior year. After we have completed our first meeting with juniors we invite parents to meet with us in April or May to add their perspective to the process.
We involve parents in every part of the process and invite them to our junior College Day program, the college fair, and our bi-annual athletic recruiting program. We also send important emails directly to parents about critical events or dates in the admission process. At Cheshire, we take a holistic approach to finding the best fit for each student; while many students enter our office with an idea of what schools they would like to attend, part of our role is to encourage you to read, explore, and evaluate a larger range of well-matched colleges. Through our hands-on College Counseling process, we inform and support you and your family during this important life milestone.
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