Learning about the college process at Parents' Weekend II

January 7, 2013
Opening session

Parents and students were welcomed back to campus after winter break for college counseling focused Parents’ Weekend II, Saturday, January 5. The theme, "Setting Your Foundation Throughout the College Process," is a valued topic among parents and students in every grade level, and the College Counseling Office did an excellent job creating a schedule that addressed specific grade-level topics.

Ms. Michelle Kriebel, the opening session guest speaker, has spent more than twenty years working with college, high school, and middle school students and their parents. Her presentation given to the entire school community, “Beginning With the End in Mind: How Self-Esteem is Key,” was entertaining and informative. Ms. Kriebel’s genuine care and concern, combined with her entertaining presentation, was welcomed by students, parents, faculty, and staff.

Ms.Michelle Kriebel with Ms. Sheila Reilly, and Ms. Mitzi Arena (left to right)

After the opening session, parents and students split by grade level to attend various sessions. Ninth grade students and parents attended a group conversation led by Academic Dean, MA Mahoney. The topic, “High School: Enjoying Your Experience,” focused on how students can balance a schedule of rigorous academics, clubs, leadership positions, and activities. Sophomore students and parents attended a session led by Director of College Counseling, Ms. Reilly. This session got parents and students thinking about getting started and setting direction for the college application process.

Juniors and their parents, who are now up to their eyes in the college process, attended the, “College Application Case Study Workshop,” led by College Counselor, Linda Mathews, and several college admission representatives. At this workshop, parents and students together were split into “admission committees” to consider five prospective students. Arturo Carrillo, the senior assistant director of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at The George Washington University, Forbes Mann, an assistant director of admission at Sewanee: The University of the South, and Whitney Hawkins, an admission counselor at University of Virginia guided the discussion and provided their own perspectives about the “student applicants.” The discussion was lively, and though not all groups agreed it certainly proved that college admission committees have a great deal to consider when picking students for admission to their schools.

Finally, seniors and their parents attended separate sessions at which they explored transitions that will happen next year as they begin their first year of college. Michelle Kriebel led the senior parent session about letting go. Girls met with Madeira young alumnae and Director of Counseling, Tracie Eps, for an open discussion about freshman year of college.

Seniors speaking with recent Madeira graduates

The college counseling theme continues on into the week with a presentation about University of Virginia by Lani Galloway '11, PLAN testing for sophomores, College Age Tea for seniors, and All School Meeting with a panel of current college students.

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