Registration Required for College Night Monday, January 29

Meghan Yakel, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

College night is an educational night to learn all about getting ready for college and applying to college. Freshmen through juniors, as well as their families, are invited  to attend Monday, January 29, from 5:45-8:30 p.m.

Ms. Becky Bain, college counselor, is in charge of NDA’s college night. Registration is required at the following link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1xdIl0yz40J56_dTfp3mJfv7KmoAXnZtdGhWMcSSzDO8/edit

“It is especially important for juniors to attend College Night so they’ll be fully prepared for application season during their senior year,” said the counselor.

A number of topics are discussed and addressed during the presentations, including the entire college preparation and application process, Naviance (NDA’s college planning tool website), financial aid/scholarships, what colleges look for in prospective students, how to present one’s best self to colleges, how NDA guides and supports students during college planning, details about how the college application process is handled specifically at NDA, and finally, ACT/SAT prep resources, such as tutors, workshops and online resources.

NDA counselors Beth Abler and Jill Gerl will be in the chapel presenting to the freshmen and sophomores and their families while Ms. Bain will be in the auditorium presenting to juniors and their families.

“After that, we will all gather in the auditorium and a College Experts Panel will join us to answer the questions people posed on their registration. Our College Experts Panel guests will be college admission and financial aid professionals from various four and two-year universities, colleges, and technical institutions,” said Ms. Bain.

After that, students and families can walk through the Commons and browse for take-home materials on their way out. They can also have conversations with the college experts and a professional ACT tutor if they would like to do so.

A Notre Dame Academy college handbook will be handed out at the conclusion of the evening.

Ms. Bain emphasized students need to keep their grades up throughout their four years of high school. Since college applications are completed in early fall of senior year, second semester junior grades are the last and most important grades colleges will see.