The second semester is off to a good start as the students have settled in nicely after a well deserved winter break. And with this semester comes the advent of the formal initiation of the college process, an obviously 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 everyone will understand that each of your sons and daughters will have the opportunity to attend an incredible university/college once he has 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 the 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 who will tie too much of their self worth into where they will apply and subsequently be admitted to college. For those who do this and for those who are told that they are probably not going to be accepted at College X, I have seen these students 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 of our 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 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, 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