The second semester is off to a good start as the students have settled nicely after a well-deserved winter break. With this semester comes the advent of the formal initiation of the college process, obviously an integral part of each student's Nobles’ experience. Each student has been assigned a college advisor with whom he will work over the course of the next year and with whom he will build an amazing relationship.
At the previous school at which I worked, one of the many responsibilities that I held was serving as a college counselor. From this perspective, I'd like to share some of the experiences that I've seen over the years.
First of all, my hope is that all parents will understand that their sons and daughters will have the opportunity to attend an incredible university/college once they have graduated from Nobles. And, by incredible, I mean a school that is right for your son or daughter. As everyone navigates his way through the college process, my hope is that everyone will listen closely to our experts in the college process. No one knows more about this than they do and we’re very lucky to have such talented people working on behalf of our students.
Over the years, I've seen too many students tie too much of their self worth into where they will apply and, subsequently, are admitted to college. I have encountered students who do this or students who are told that they are probably not going to be accepted at College X. They are the ones who have a tough time moving on to secondary choices primarily because they feel that they've let their parents down. I bring this up with the hope that this will not be the case for any Nobles students and with the hope that you have conveyed to your sons and daughters that you will be happy and proud of them wherever they may continue their education.
The junior year is arguably the most stressful of all the high school years as the college process becomes very real in each student’s life. As a result, students tend to be more diligent as they feel that this has to be their most accomplished year both in the classroom and in the areas in which they have demonstrated their passions and extracurricular pursuits. My point is that with this realization, each student has already placed a lot of pressure on himself, and that at this specific time, your reassurance can only help to ensure that your son or daughter will keep things in perspective so that he is able to maximize his enjoyment of the Class II experience.
I hope that the winter is going well for you. As always, if there is anything that I can do for you or your son or daughter, please do not hesitate to contact me.
All the best,
Class II Dean