March Madness is well under way, and we don't just mean basketball. On March 3, the SHA College Counseling department hosted its first virtual March "SHA-Madness" college planning session.
More than 50 SHA families tuned in for the College Admissions Panel, which featured admissions counselors from Boston College, University of Richmond, College of Charleston, Clemson University, Savannah College of Art and Design and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.
Panelists shared their schools' specific approaches to the admissions application process while providing guidance on communications, timeframes, college visits and more. They also covered applying with or without a specific major and reminded attendees to enjoy the process as a family.
College representatives also answered questions on COVID-19 regulations and its impact on standardized testing and campus accessibility.
"A common positive result of changes due to COVID seems to be the increased opportunity for student and college admissions communication via emails and virtual meetings," notes Ashley Fullen, Sacred Heart's Director of College Counseling. "The reps encouraged genuine correspondence to demonstrate interest in a school, noting that some institutions even track that interest. Many of the reps mentioned that developing a personal connection with students is their favorite part of their job."
Other key take-aways from the evening event?
- The college process is a fun and exciting experience that leads to a great next step in a student's future.
- A majority of students only go through the college selection process once, so students should make the most of it.
- Students need to own their process, meaning they should register themselves for visits, complete their own applications, and initiate communication with the colleges they are interested in.
- The pressure of the college selection process can be overwhelming at times, and students are their own harshest critics. Parents/guardians can be their biggest cheerleaders and supporters during both the positive and challenging times.
- The SHA College Counselors along with college admissions counselors are always willing to help however possible throughout the journey.
SHA's next March Madness event, scheduled virtually for March 17, will feature an overview of Sacred Heart's College Counseling Program at 6:30pm followed by an information session on NCAA recruiting at 7:00pm.
March SHA-Madness is geared toward 9th, 10th and 11th graders as well as their families. Registration is required in order to get the link for sessions. Parents and students can log on to the portal to access the registration form as well as to submit questions for presenters prior to the session.