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CHS College Counseling Office your personal GPS for college admisisons

WOULD YOU TAKE A TRIP to a place you have

never been before without programming your GPS? Would you build a house without a blueprint or a list of essential materials needed to complete the project? You probably answered “no” to both questions. Believe it or not, you should approach the college admissions process in the same way – like a journey or a project that needs a well thought out plan of where to go and a comprehensive list of what you will need to get there. Unfortunately, many think the college admissions process is simply a one-time action of submitting college applications. While this is certainly one step in the journey, there are a number of steps you need to take long before you submit your first application. Fortunately at Catholic, you don’t have to figure out which steps to take and when to take them all by yourself. Over the last 14 years, Sherry Brouillette and Jennifer Thibodeaux have led CHS’ college counseling office, working diligently to develop and refine a comprehensive program to guide students and their parents through the college admissions process. In 2004, their office invested in Naviance/Family Connection, an online program that helps counselors and students search for appropriate colleges and scholarships, as well as keep track of submitted applications. The program also provides personality and interest assessments to help students identify potential college majors. Along with this powerful resource, the pair have created a detailed College Planning Handbook specific to CHS students. The guide outlines the college planning timeline, and provides information and resources to help students and parents navigate

the college admissions journey from beginning to end. Brouillette and Thibodeaux are also instrumental in planning and facilitating informational events for families on the college admissions process. Some of these events include the National College Fair, TOPS Seminar, College Planning Seminar and Application Day. In addition to individual meetings with students, the college planning office sends out a weekly e-newsletter updating students on deadlines and scholarships, along with other helpful information throughout the year. Both counselors view professional development as an important tool in staying on top of the latest trends in the ever-changing world of college admissions. Each are active in the National Association for College Admission Counseling and the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling, and attend these conferences annually. Through hard work and dedication, Brouillette and Thibodeaux have established a respectful and reputable rapport with college representatives from across the country, and are often invited to visit and experience college campuses firsthand. At first glance, the college admissions process can seem overwhelming. However, with a detailed map of where to go and what to do along the way, it can be an exciting and fulfilling journey for everyone involved. So, when it’s time to begin your college admissions journey, the first stop should be the CHS’ college counseling office - think of it as your personal GPS for college admissions.

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Bear Facts Magazine - Spring 2016