It was a busy week in terms of college events. Monday started out with two meetings with representatives from UMASS Dartmouth and the College of Saint Rose, and Wednesday a representative from Champlain College. There were a number of other college reps who came during the week, and still others to come in the next few weeks, but these are the three that I met with so far. When representatives come to school, it is a great time to meet with the colleges that interest you and ask questions about the school, campus life, dorms, a particular major, etc. You will likely be given brochures, contact cards to fill out, and even the rep's personal business cards so you can e-mail them if you have any further questions or want to request an interview.
Thursday night my dad and I attended a college application workshop held by Gateway's guidance department. This was a very informative presentation that gave advice and instructions for submitting college apps. Students and parents who attended the workshop got important information about the application process. A few things that were covered included a checklist of documents that need to be submitted (the application itself, a personal essay, 2-3 recommendations, your high school transcript, and your test scores from the SAT or ACT), application deadlines, the difference between Early Decision and Early Action, and several other things people need to know about the process. I recommend that students and parents about to start the application process attend any workshops or presentations put on by the guidance department.