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Class of 2020 Newsletter

March 2019

We have enjoyed meeting with juniors and their parents over the past few weeks. We hope you are excited for what will be a journey of exploration and growth. With all the meetings, college lists, college visit planning, and conversations about college aspirations, there is a tendency to focus heavily on the "college process." The college application process, however, doesn't begin in earnest until the summer months. Now, conversely, is a time of self-reflection and research. More importantly, your focus now should also be on doing well in your classes and putting an appropriate amount of effort into preparing for standardized tests. There is much wisdom in the oft quoted adage: "Be here now." Focus on the scholastic tasks before you, and allow yourself to be deeply engaged in the many extracurricular opportunities presented to you daily.

March Checklist

 

Before the end of the month, please attend to the following: 

  • Register for a spring SAT and/or ACT with writing
  • Place colleges on your current list into Naviance in the area titled "Colleges I Am Thinking About"
  • Plan college visits during the spring and summer months
  • Parents, if you haven't done so yet, please schedule your first parent meeting with your son's college counselor
  • Students, following spring break book your second meeting with your college counselor
  • For families considering applying for financial aid, make use of each college's Net Price Calculator    

Monthly Focus

 

Tri-School Introduction to Collegiate Athletic Recruiting

Bryn Mawr, Roland Park Country, and Gilman schools are pleased to announce a program on the student-athlete recruiting process which will be held on Sunday, March 10, at 1:00 p.m. at Roland Park Country School. Please join this panel discussion led by college coaches, athletic directors, alums, and college counselors as they offer insight and advice on the best ways to navigate the athletic recruiting process.


Spring College Counselor Meeting

Following spring break, students should book a second meeting with their college counselor. During this meeting, we will discuss teacher recommendations, standardized testing, and your college visiting plans. You can book those meetings using the links provided below. Parents, it is not necessary that you meet with your son's college counselor a second time in the spring, but we welcome another meeting if you would like one. We are also available by phone and via email to answer any questions that may arise.  

 


Spring Break and College Visiting

If at all possible, we encourage families to make use of spring break as an opportunity to begin visiting colleges. If visiting colleges over spring break is not possible, know that juniors are allotted excused absences from school to visit colleges at other times during the school year. Please be ready to discuss college visiting plans with your college counselor in the coming months.  


Gilman Summer College Tour: Northeast

Only one spot remains for the 2019 College Tour of the Northeast June 11-14. During the trip students will visit: Delaware, Providence, Brown, Tufts, Boston College, Harvard, and Trinity. Reserve your spot on the bus, and learn more about the tour by clicking on the link above.


AIMS College Fair

Please mark your calendar for the AIMS College Fair on the evening of Thursday, April 11, at UMBC. Over 100 colleges will be present to share information and answer questions. More information will be sent about the fair in the coming weeks.

Standardized Testing Dates

SAT 3/9

ACT 4/13

SAT 5/4

SAT 6/1

Counselor Spotlight

In January, Ms. Ross visited the Hult International Business School in the heart of central London. Hult has three undergraduate campuses in San Francisco, Boston, and London, and the same curriculum is offered at all three locations, so students are able to enroll at any one of the campuses throughout their time at Hult. Hult seeks to provide a business education that is relevant, cutting edge, and grounded in practical skills.

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Ms. Follensbee and Ms. Ross recently attended the Jesuit Excellence Tour breakfast at Loyola University Maryland and heard from representatives of Jesuit institutions from across the country. Did you know? There are 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S. In early March, Ms. Follensbee spent the day at The Catholic University of America in D.C. Their 176 acre campus is just three miles north of the U.S. Capital.

For Your Consideration

 

Georgia Tech's Associate Director for Guest Experience, Andrew Cohen, offers helpful tips for visiting colleges in "The College Visit Checklist."


Responding to a mother's concern that her hard-working son won't get into a "good college," therapist Lori Gottlieb suggests, "The college-admissions process has become so brutally intense in recent years that it can make anyone lose perspective." Read more about her attempts at capturing the "bigger picture" in this Atlantic article.

Contact the CCO

Sarah Ross

sross@gilman.edu

410-323-3800 ext. 226

Matt Herman

mherman@gilman.edu

410-323-3800 ext. 748

Anna Follensbee

afollensbee@gilman.edu

410-323-3800 ext. 307

Justin Baker

jbaker@gilman.edu

410-323-3800 ext. 741

5407 Roland Avenue / Baltimore, Maryland 21210 / 410.323.3800

College Counseling Website

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