Second semester is off to a good start as students have settled in nicely after a well-deserved winter break. And with this semester comes the formal initiation of the college process, an integral part of each student's Nobles experience. Each student has been assigned a college advisor with whom he or she will work over the course of the next year and with whom he or she will build an amazing relationship.
At the previous school at which I worked, one of the many responsibilities was serving as a college counselor. From this perspective, I'd like to share some experiences that I've had over the years.
First of all, my hope is that all parents understand that your children will each have the opportunity to attend an incredible university or college after graduating from Nobles. By incredible, I mean a school that is right for your son or daughter. As our students navigate through the college process, my hope is that everyone will listen closely to our experts in the College Counseling Office. No one knows more about this process 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 so much of their self worth into where they will apply and subsequently be admitted to college. Students who do this and those who are told that they are probably not going to be accepted at College X, have a difficult time moving on to secondary choices primarily because they feel that they've let their parents down. I hope that this will not be the case for any of our students and that you have conveyed to your children that you will be happy and proud wherever they may continue their education.
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 in the classroom 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, students have already placed a lot of pressure on themselves, and that at this specific time, your reassurance can only help to ensure that they will keep things in perspective so that they are able to maximize 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