NDA Hosts College Night for Families to Learn About College Application Process

NDA Hosts College Night for Families to Learn About College Application Process

Mason Tumpach, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

NDA will host College Night on January 26 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium with guest presenter Eric Wagner, the Associate Director of Admissions at St. Norbert College.

Parents and guardians of juniors and sophomores will learn about financial aid, Naviance, how to develop a college application list, what the application process looks like, how standardized testing affects admissions and what colleges look for in applicants.

“It is critical for parents to attend College Night, so they can partner with Miss Rockwood and me in helping students apply to college,” said College Counselor Becky Bain.

Every family will receive a folder containing resourceful sheets that will be useful during the chaotic college application process senior year.

“Each year there are roughly 200 seniors, but only two of us. When parents work together with us to assist students to develop balanced college lists and move through the often confusing application process, it lowers everyone’s stress,” said Bain.

She also explained that every college has a unique application process, which is why it is important for families to understand Naviance, pay attention to deadlines, and meticulously go through the application essays and other forms.

“I hope families walk away with a good knowledge base about the college application process, how we handle it at NDA and how to help the rising senior through it.”

Around 100 families are expected to attend, and NDA has been hosting the event for eight years.

Bain said she hopes to see many families, and sophomores are also invited to get an early start on their college preparations.

“Lots of learning happens during this process; it is critical for us to foster independence, organization, resiliency, and problem-solving in students because these skills will really benefit them when they go off to college,” she added.

Any student that would like to attend should email Bain at [email protected].