Juniors leap into college advising with “Junior Jump Start”

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Throughout the months of June and August, the College Advising Department hosts “Junior Jump Start” events to help prepare upcoming seniors for the college application process. Following back-to-back college advising visits during English classes on May 28th and 29th, the college advisors went through the process of opening Common App accounts for students to begin filling out general, required information. 

The advisors also went through college essay drafting processes, trying to motivate and encourage students to find stories they want to share with the colleges they are applying to. Counselors gave prompts in order to encourage more ideas and concepts for the essay to be formed. 

The first summer session of Junior Jump Start was held June 6, in the Student Center.  Over 100 students showed up and had the opportunity to rotate between six tables offering help and advice on different areas of the college application. The six stations included “SSAR/ SSPAD Application Help,” “Common App Help,” “Forming College Lists,” “College Essay Help,” “Resumé making” and “Activity List Drafting.” At each stations, college advisors sat down and worked with students, helping them with each different aspect of the application.

There will be four more college advising sessions as part of the “Junior Jump Start” series. These sessions will take place Aug. 8 and 9. These sessions cover the topics of financial aid, merit-based scholarships, the college essay, applying to in-state schools, the college interview and supplemental essays . Throughout the summer, upcoming seniors can meet with their counselor as well to prepare for the upcoming year and solidify essays, activity lists and college lists. 

Students meet with their advisors and receive advice over how to improve their individual application at the varying stations set up in the Student Center. The students rotate through each table to receive advice over a myriad of aspects of the college application. (Photo/Emma Delgado)

As a rising senior, this is Emma’s third year in the Patriot Post and she’s excited to be the Online Editor this year. Outside of newspaper, she’s Co-President of the journalism honor society, Quill and Scroll, and also the Editor-in-Chief of the Sigma Xi Honor Society magazine. She is also involved in and has officer positions in Science Research, Sigma Xi, FBLA, Model UN, SNHS, and other clubs, including honor societies and her own nonprofit. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching dramas on Netflix, listening to Taylor Swift, and hanging out with friends and family. She’s very excited to work on the Patriot Post this year!