HHS College Admissions Evening Workshops for Juniors and Their Parents

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Thursday, February 13, 2014, 7:00- 9:00 pm at the HHS Auditorium

Presented by the HHS Counseling Department

The evening program will begin with a brief presentation by the Counseling Department in the auditorium on finding “the right fit” in the college admissions process. Immediately following the presentation students and parents will choose to attend one workshop from each of the three sessions.

Topics for Session I (7:20-7:50)

A.) Elder’s Words of Wisdom for Enhancing College Acceptance- Cheryl Elder, HHS Counselor, will provide insight and hints to improve admission chances at the college of your son/daughter’s choice.

B.) Alternative Paths to a Four-Year Degree- Are you considering prep school, taking a gap year or attending a two-year program with the goal of transferring to a four-year college? Kristen Wurster, HHS Counselor will familiarize students and parents with other roads to obtaining a four-year degree.

C.) The Changing Admissions Landscape at Massachusetts Public Colleges- Christine Bryan, Associate Director of Admissions at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, will discuss the Massachusetts Public University System, the new university designations, and the economy’s impact on admissions.

D.) Hidden Gems - Michael Flanagan, HHS Counselor, facilitates this workshop which features admissions representatives from excellent colleges with less name recognition. These “hidden gems” are worth a closer look!

Topics for Session II (7:55– 8:25)

A.) Financial Aid 101: Early Awareness- Get an early heads up on what to expect in the financial aid process. A MEFA (Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority) representative will be here to give you a brief introduction on things to consider when thinking about college admissions and financial aid. Will you qualify? How do you apply? What do you need to know now?

B.) The Changing Admissions Landscape at Massachusetts Public Colleges- Christine Bryan, Associate Director of Admissions at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, will discuss the Massachusetts Public University System, the new university designations, and the economy’s impact on admissions.

C.) Hidden Gems - Michael Flanagan, HHS Counselor facilitates this workshop which features admissions representatives from excellent colleges with less name recognition. These “hidden gems” are worth a closer look!

D.) On Writing the College Essay- Jeff Gallant, Assistant Director of Admissions, Boston College will go over some of the fine points on writing the college admission essay. It’s never too early to begin thinking about it.

Topics for Session III (8:30-9:00)

A.) Elder’s Words of Wisdom for Enhancing College Acceptance- Cheryl Elder, HHS Counselor, will provide insight and hints to improve admission chances at the college of your son/daughter’s choice.

B.) On Writing the College Essay- Jeff Gallant, Assistant Director of Admissions, Boston College will go over some of the fine points on writing the college admission essay. It’s never too early to begin thinking about it.

C.) Financial Aid 101: Early Awareness- Get an early heads up on what to expect in the financial aid process. A MEFA (Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority) representative will be here to give you a brief introduction on things to consider when thinking about college admissions and financial aid. Will you qualify? How do you apply? What do you need to know now?

D.) NCAA & Athletic Recruiting- Kiely Murray, HHS Counselor, and girls volleyball coach at Westborough High School will present a workshop designed to introduce parents and students through the ins and outs of the college athletic recruiting and eligibility process.