Times have changed. The COVID-19 pandemic brings new challenges every day. Our seniors may especially feel that as they work toward their next stop on their educational journey; college.
These days, colleges have virtual engagement opportunities, from virtual information sessions and tours to smaller group conversations that allow for deeper, personalized connections.
Our advice? Keep up with the opportunities presented by the School’s College Counseling Department and keep an eye on the following five “big” items.
- Do your homework.
At The Winchendon School, we’re continuing our tradition of weekly college fairs – but now we’re online. We suggest taking the time before registering for a virtual admissions visit by asking what’s important in a college to you? Doing your homework is the first and biggest step in the process, during a pandemic or not.
You can attend The State of College Admissions with Oberlin and Middlebury Colleges webinar. The Director of Admissions from Oberlin and Middlebury will join us to share their insights. Even if you do not plan to apply to one of these schools, you will hear valuable information about this year’s unique challenges. Parents are welcome to this session! Check your email for the ZOOM infomation.
2. Go beyond the virtual tour.
Watch for admission events emphasizing community. The people you’ll be studying next to and living with will have the biggest impact on your college experience. Check out the college’s smaller social media accounts too. Social media can also be a helpful resource as departments and student groups maintain accounts and blogs.
3. Standardized testing has changed.
This year, 1,450 colleges decided to go test-optional, including highly selective schools. Check the specific testing policies for schools on your list. Does that mean it will be easier to get into highly selective colleges without SAT or ACT testing? The fact is that highly selective colleges will remain so even without standardized testing.
4. Attend the upcoming College Essay Virtual Workshop with Bard College
The Common Application has added a question this year about how COVID-19 has impacted the applicant’s life, and for some students, this short essay will be the only place they discuss this issue in their application. For others who feel like they need to be more expansive, they can explore the topic in a longer essay.
Tuesday, September 29th at 7:00 p.m.The Director of Admissions from Bard College will join us to discuss the College Essay and its importance in this year’s admissions process. Please join us to learn helpful tips and recommendations from this experienced professional.
5. Try not to get overwhelmed.
Remember, college is not the destination, it’s the journey.