Drastic changes to testing policies, deadlines, and admission processes led to changes in the college counseling timeline. We instituted a senior check-in meeting during late summer early fall semester, before family meetings, in order to get a pulse of every student and answer questions. Required senior family meetings are in full swing and to date we’ve met with about half of our seniors and have approximately 70% scheduled. If a senior has not scheduled they can do so here. To date, we have received over 400 application requests and will begin processing this week. The first deadline date of October 15th is right around the corner, with the biggest application deadline of 11/1 soon to follow.
The college search almost always starts on the internet. Students will Google a school, enter criteria in a college search engine, or visit a specific school’s website in an effort to find more information. This is because the internet is our quick and efficient resource. In seconds, billions of facts, descriptions, opinions, and data about schools are at our fingertips. However, when it comes to maintaining online attention during COVID, students no longer have the bandwidth to stand hearing about online, virtual and Zooms any more than absolutely necessary. Everything has been shifted exclusively to a 2D screen, non-shared experiences that zap energy and excitement rather than feeding it.
We’ve spent the month of May attempting to celebrate seniors as best as possible. Video tributes, trivia competitions, and a lot of prizes were the order. Plenty more opportunities to say congratulations and good luck this week and hopefully again in July. For seniors we will be making a final push to update all their decision and ensure that scholarship information is accurate.
In the last few weeks we’ve offered several college information sessions by some of Archmere’s most popular schools. Last week the University of Delaware, Pitt, and Penn State talked with our sophomores and juniors. This week’s schedule includes Boston College and the University of Scranton. More to come.
Week three of home confinement starts tomorrow and I'm nearing acceptance that a longer haul is to come. We did our first grocery home delivery order yesterday and are well stocked in paper supplies. My biggest concern right now is my immediate family; providing my children safety, love, structure, and a distraction from the grim nightly news. A friend in New York, retired military who works at West Point, is talking about the creation of makeshift morgues, so my concerns of not having enough coffee creamer seem embarrassing.
Our everyday lives have been greatly impacted by COVID 19, quarantining, and shelter-in-place. We pray for the best for all members of the Archmere community and beyond. Like most things, the higher education landscape is in flux.
On Thursday, February 13th, College Counseling hosted our annual Junior Career Day. We were fortunate to welcome 20+ speakers to campus including nine alumni and five current or past Archmere parents. Throughout the day, students were able to select five different sessions they could attend ranging from aviation to anesthesiology and from photography to engineering.
The Spring Semester has started with a whirlwind of activity in College Counseling as we have been engaging the entire Archmere (present and future) community in just the first week. Mr. Boehm and Ms. Souza both taught Winterim classes, which allowed us to engage some of our younger students in a classroom setting. We hope to continue to have the opportunity to do so. Ms. Souza taught two sections of Dreams & Failures: The Power of Positivity & Resilience with Madame Cooper and Mr. Boehm taught Whistles and Stripes.