As the members of the current senior class prepare themselves for college, Associate Director of College Counseling Lynn Kittel and Director of College Counseling Dr. Mary Frances Bryja team up to whip the seniors into shape for the college admissions process. There is always a stress factor when it comes to applying to colleges: the essays, recommendation letters, having enough extracurricular activities to put down, community service hours, and the ever-important transcript.
The college counseling office, which is downstairs in the senior hallway, is always packed with students trying to get help or information from the counselors. Some students pay it no mind, but if it weren't for our counselors as well as Administrative Assistant Cathy Lymon who assists both Kittle and Bryja, the senior class would then be in a different world of struggle. College counseling is not recognized enough as it should be. Its members work overtime for the seniors by contacting colleges on a daily basis, sending documents back and forth, keeping up with everyone's transcripts, and let’s not forget their patience.
After talking to a few students from the senior class, students agreed that the counselors have just as much on their plate as the seniors do. I personally love working with all of them because they give great advice, are always there for students outside of school-related issues, and make suggestions on how to improve decision making when choosing colleges or high school classes. Bryja and Kittle work well together to guide students down the right path and work to the best of their ability. The other great thing about college counseling is that they are happy to help students. They actually look forward to having students come in with their questions and being able to answer them.
The other great thing about college counseling is that every student will have an opportunity to experience what it is like to work with either Bryja or Kittel. Honestly, both of them play a huge role in the seniors’ college admissions processes. With various individual meetings, seniors have been able to get a full understanding of how colleges evaluate students. Hopefully in an Upper School assembly, college counseling will be rewarded for all of their contributions and hard work they've done for not only the senior class but for other grades as well.
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