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“I“Iremember remembergetting gettingan anemail emailfrom from her her ininlate lateNovember Novembersaying, saying,‘There’s ‘There’sthis this school schoolcalled calledUSC, USC,IIthink thinkyou youshould should check it out and apply,’” Ashley recalls. check it out and apply,’” Ashley recalls. “I“Ilooked lookedititup uponline, online,rushed rushedto toput put my myapplication applicationtogether, together,and andsent sentitit in. in. IIdidn’t didn’thave haveany anyattachment attachmentto toit, it, but but IIgot gotaccepted acceptedininJanuary Januaryand andwent went to to visit in February. The first time I drove visit in February. The first time I drove on oncampus, campus,my myjaw jawdropped. dropped.From From that thatmoment momenton, on,USC USCmoved movedto to number numberone. one.Everything EverythingIIexperienced experienced was wasamazing, amazing,and andIIkept keptthinking, thinking, ‘Wow, ‘Wow,how howdid didMs. Ms.Fleming Flemingknow know this thisschool schoolwas wasfor forme?’” me?’” Theconnection connectioncounselors counselorsestablish establish The withstudents, students,combined combinedwith withtheir their with vastknowledge knowledgeofofthe theadmissions admissions vast processand andthe theofferings offeringsatatspecific specific process colleges, allows them to cultivate colleges, allows them to cultivate aa listofofschools schoolsbest bestsuited suitedfor foreach each list studentand andfamily, family,based basedon onacademic academic student interests,geography, geography,and andbudget. budget. interests, thinkthat thatall allofofthe thecounselors counselorsas as aa “I“Ithink wholehave haveone oneobjective: objective:to toget getthe the whole studentinto intothe thecollege collegethat’s that’sbest bestfor for student them,” Ashley says. “They use all of them,” Ashley says. “They use all of theireffort effortand andconnections connectionsto toget get the the their studentinto intocollege. college.They Theyeach eachhave have student 40kids, kids,yet yetthey theyall allconnect connectto toeach each of of 40 us. Mr. Frappier recently visited USC, us. Mr. Frappier recently visited USC, andhe heremembered rememberedall allof ofus. us.They They and
To To continue continue providing providing the the most most accurate and beneficial advice, accurate and beneficial advice, counselors counselors spend spend 10-15 10-15 percent percent of their time traveling of their time traveling to to college college campuses campuses and and participate participate on on association association and and college college advisory advisory boards. boards. Members Members of of the the team team serve serve on the college advisory boards on the college advisory boards of of the the University of Georgia, University University of Georgia, University of of Michigan, Michigan, Furman Furman University, University, and Southern Methodist and Southern Methodist University, University, among among others. others. The The advisory advisory boards boards offer offer counselors counselors aa privileged privileged view view into into campus campus life life and and allow allow them them to to provide provide feedback feedback to to the the schools. schools. “As “As we we volunteer volunteer to to provide provide observations, observations, we we might might get get aa new new impression impression of of the school,” Steve says. “It “It might might have have changed recently, and we’ll find what’s we’ll find what’s new and attractive for our our students.” students.”
governance and and nominating nominating governance committee in in addition addition to to his his advisory advisory committee role with the Association of College role with the Association of College Counselors in in Independent Independent Schools. Schools. Counselors “We’re all all leaders leaders in in the the field, field, on on both both “We’re aa regional regional and and national national level,” level,” Steve Steve says. “It’s “It’s such such aa dynamic dynamic industry, industry, says. and we’re we’re able able to to really really appreciate appreciate and the true professional development the true professional development opportunities that that Westminster Westminster opportunities supports. We’re able to obtain, obtain, supports. We’re able to provide, recalibrate, recalibrate, and and tailor tailor our our provide, advice based on what we learn off advice based on what we learn off campus and through our experience.” campus and through our experience.” As the the admissions admissions process process becomes becomes As less formulaic and more focused on less formulaic and more focused on aa student’s student’s unique unique achievements— achievements— “Colleges now now are are celebrating celebrating ‘pointy ‘pointy “Colleges students,’ students students with with very very angular, angular, students,’ specific interests interests and and well-explored well-explored specific passions,” Steve says—the says—the guidance guidance of seasoned counselors counselors helps helps steer steer the the of leaders leaders to to colleges colleges next generation of
totocollege college campuses campuses across country acrossthe the country In addition addition to to the advisory boards, In Westminster’s counselors serve on Westminster’s industry association association boards. Associate industry Director Nancy Nancy Beane recently Director finished her her tenure tenure as the president finished of the the National National Association for of College Admission Admission Counseling, an College organization with a membership organization with of 16,000 16,000 high high school and college of counselors and and college admissions counselors officers from around the the world world officers from around (see page 14 for more about her (see page 14 for more about her experience). Steve Steve currently currently presides presides experience). on the the Southern Southern Association Association for for on College Admission Counseling’s College Admission Counseling’s
where they’ll continue continue to to challenge challenge themselves. Ashley Ashley isis just just one one example example of a recent Wildcat Wildcat thriving thriving on on an unexpected campus campus thanks thanks to to Westminster’s college counseling college counseling team. team. “I wouldn’t have have gotten gotten into into the the college that I truly wanted without truly wanted without their help. I look look back back and and am am amazed at my college college counseling counseling process,” she says. says.
Each college counselor, like Juan Acosta, works with approximately 40 members of the senior class, a low ratio that allows counselors to know their students well and provide them with continual one-on-one guidance.
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Westminster answers the call to develop leaders for a changing world.