Coffee with the Counselors – Junior and Senior Parents
The College will be hosting the spring edition of Coffee with the Counselors the week of March 23rd. We will welcome our senior parents on Wednesday, March 25th and our junior parents on Thursday, March 26th.
Senior parents – we have invited Elaine Eichelberger, Dean of Students, to join us so that she can answer all your questions about Madonna Day and graduation. The college counselors will be present as well to answer any of your questions regarding making the final college decision and depositing to a school by May 1.
Junior parents – we have not had a chance to visit with you since the fall and would like this opportunity to delve into the college application process! Topics will include parent reflections, recommendation letters, and yellow forms. If you have yet to complete your parent reflection, you may find the document here. We also want to discuss finding a college that is a fit and match for your daughter vs. your daughter getting admitted to a “good” college. This is an exciting time for all of us and we look forward to our continued relationship with you and your daughters.
Sophomore Parent Night Follow-up
We would like to thank all the sophomore parents who attended our parent night on Wednesday, February 25th. For those of you who were unable to attend, click here to view the power point presentation.
Please feel free to email us at any time with your questions. The current alpha split is as follows:
Ms. Romero – A through C (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ms. Reksc – D through H (email@example.com)
Ms. Skelly – I through Ma (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mrs. Holecek – Mc through R (email@example.com)
Mrs. Bennett – S through W (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Demonstrated Interest: An Important Factor for Many Colleges
These days, sincerely desiring to attend a college in your heart of hearts is simply not enough. A student must be sure that the prospective college knows through the student’s dedicated outreach and attendance at specific events that they are at the top of the dance card! Demonstrated interest is a growing factor in the college admission process.
How the heck does my daughter show demonstrated interest? It’s a question heard around the world (or at least at St. Agnes) during “college application season”. Students and parents wonder “how do I get noticed by a potential college?” The answer is simple. Show interest in them first. Demonstrate interest in a college by taking advantage of visiting with college admissions representatives. In the fall of 2014, we hosted over 115 colleges on our campus. This spring we will host several colleges. Our juniors are reminded weekly of the visits. We also tell them that the representatives are here because they want to talk to you!
Have your daughters attend college fairs and fill out those cards asking for their name, address and other information. Your daughters should contact the campus rep via email and introduce herself. If you all are on campus, take an official tour and make sure the college knows that your daughter is there to see them! An interview can be a great way for her to shine. Take advantage of an interview if your potential college offers one. This is not required by many colleges.
With the abundance of college applications in admission offices each year, sometimes the extra attention your daughter pays to a college or the conversation she has with a representative can tip her application into the “yes” pool. In general, most private colleges like to see students show interest beyond just submitting an application and will even ask you why you are interested in their university or college on the application. We are finding more and more colleges that will say to us that although a student fits their profile, the student has not shown any type of interest in the school, and because of this, they are not admitting the student. If your daughter’s list includes schools that they are interested in, open the dialogue as soon as possible. The best rule of thumb is to show some interest in all of the schools that your daughter will be applying to in the fall of next year. Ask questions, interview if possible and go to college fairs. This will help her get to know the schools inside and out and to see if the school is a fit for your daughter.