By Leslie O’Connor, College Counselor

College Corner appears in the Wyvern Weekly with suggestions and dates to help make the college search and application process as stress-free and enjoyable as possible.

Attention, 9th and 10th Grade Parents: St. Francis is offering a great opportunity for our 9th and 10th graders. The Pre-ACT will be given on Sunday, February 10th on the Downtown Campus from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Every 9th and 10th grader is signed up to take advantage of this practice test.

Parents of seniors, juniors, and sophomores, read on for specific college-related information!

Seniors:

I am happy to report the seniors have been receiving college acceptance letters and scholarships. Please keep all college decision letters and scholarship information so that I can total the amount of scholarship money earned by the Class of 2019!

Seniors should also continue checking emails and open college mail, as these communications contain important information about housing, orientation programs, fees, and academic advising appointments.

If students have been deferred or waitlisted at a first-choice college, please have them speak with me for guidance about next steps.

Juniors:

I have met with all juniors individually to review PSAT scores and discuss standardized testing. Every junior should plan on taking at least two college admission tests this year, the ACT and/or the SAT. Dates have been emailed and given out as a paper copy to all juniors.

On Wednesday, January 23rd, I met with the junior class as a group to discuss some key college planning information. My presentation focused on the importance of communication from me to students regarding the college information I send through emails and the Remind app. I spoke with them about the college search process, testing, and visiting colleges.

On Friday, January 25th, I worked with the juniors in English classes. The students did a  self-knowledge questionnaire and College Planning Values Assessment (developed by Steven Antonoff). These exercises are designed to help students identify values and reasons for attending college. There are no “right or wrong” answers. I strongly believe that students who have a clearer sense of who they are and what is important to them will have a more focused college search. We know they are still developing and changing as young adults, but these thoughtful and reflective exercises are beneficial in answering the question “Where will I fit and be happy?”

Sophomores:

I am in the process of meeting with all the sophomores individually to review PSAT scores. This gives me a chance to start to get to know them and lay the foundation for what the class will be doing next year as juniors.