Maria Cartagena ’18 said, “the day gave me a clear plan for the future so I could organize my time here. We looked at the curriculum and graduation requirements, we played games, and we even made “future resumes” for ourselves that included the things we hope to accomplish in high school.”
While the tenth and eleventh grade program (taking the PSAT) might seem a bit less glamorous, it provided students with an opportunity to sample standardized testing and participate in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Seniors spent time working in small groups with teachers on their college applications and essays. Director of Admission, Brad D’Arco, also shared information on the interview process. What can students expect from a college interview? We held a simulated interview and discussed the strengths and weaknesses of the candidate. Then Brad, along with the Head of School (Tim Breen Ph.D.), the Director of Development and Alumnae/i (Julie Yates), and the Director of Financial Aid (Sarah Catlin) held mock-interviews for seniors. About one third of the seniors have now participated in a mock interview on campus, and the remaining students are scheduling interviews with WMS admission officers, just as they do for visits to colleges and universities. “It is a great exercise for us, too,” said Linda D’Arco, Director of Communications and Associate Director of Admission. “The mock-interviews give us a chance to learn more of our students’ stories later in their experience at WMS. They provide us with a greater understanding of the growth and opportunities that exist here for students.”
Ryan Aldrich extended his thanks to all faculty, staff, and students for their support of the 2014 College Day. He added, “the fact that the whole school supports this program, and values it enough to pause and spend concentrated time working and thinking about the future and the college process, is tremendous. It really says something about this school.”
Ryan spent some time this fall collecting his notes and expertise and sharing them in a series of podcasts intended for use by any student or family pursing the college process, whether or not they are here with us as WMS. To listen to the podcast interviews, please select the following links: