The Locust Valley High School counselors are introducing eight weeks of college and career counseling that will prepare sophomores and juniors for the college and career exploration and application process in an easy-to-follow format.
Assistant Principal Michelle Villa said that thinking about all that needs to be done for college applications can be overwhelming. She and the high school counseling team have broken down the tasks into small chunks, making the information easy to follow.
“We have a lot of information to share, and by spreading it out over eight weeks, it feels more manageable,” she said. She further explained that each week would focus on a theme, from how to register for college admissions tests to applying for financial aid and scholarships.
Videos, presentations, interviews and links will be shared each week for students and parents to view. Often, step-by-step instructions will be shown. For example, during week one, high school counselor Jaimie Dickstein shares a video on how to register for the SAT and ACT. She breaks it down from logging on to what type of photos are acceptable to upload.
“The information we are sharing is important and we want to make it as easy as possible for students to follow,” Ms. Villa said. “We hope that by the end of the eight weeks, students will not only have a knowledge base for what to expect, but that their anxiety about this topic will be lessened.”
Each week’s content will be emailed through February and March. Topics, in order, will include SAT/ACT, finding the college that fits best for you, career exploration, how to stand out in the admissions process, the college application, the college visit, financial aid and scholarships, and advice from current and former students.