Should students attend the college information sessions at their high schools?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    College counseling director Jerome Cole discusses if it is important for students to attend college information sessions at their high school.

    Jerome A. Cole, MA

    Jerome A. Cole, M.A., is the Director of College Counseling for the Edmund Burke school in Washington, D.C. and the founder of Cole Educational Consulting Services (Cole ECS.) He has worked with students and families for over seven years to help them plan and strategize for college. As a college counselor at Burke, an independent college preparatory high school founded in 1968, Mr. Cole oversees a program that is designed to support students and families as they go through the selection and admission process for college. Mr. Cole advises over 100 students each year in a small academically challenging environment where every senior is expected to apply to and enroll in college. Prior to Burke, he was a school counselor at Bethesda-Chevy Chase high school in Montgomery County, Maryland. He has successfully counseled hundreds of students and helped them prepare for admission to a variety of schools such as: American University, Clark-Atlanta University, Davidson College, George Washington University, Harvard University, Pitzer College, Stanford University, Temple University, and the University of Maryland at College Park, to highlight just a few. He established the consulting firm Cole ECS to provide students and families with the necessary information and support to make the best choice for college. Cole ECS defines the best choice as the optimal learning and social environment to ensure a student’s holistic success, culminating in on-time or early graduation and desirable post-graduate options. Mr. Cole earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Catholic University, and then went on to obtain a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development from George Washington University. He is certified as a school counselor and is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC).

    Host: Should students attend the college information sessions at their high school?

    Jerome Cole: Absolutely, as a college counselor who spends a lot of time and energy arranging for schools to come and conduct these information session, I would say yes. There are two primary reasons why you want as a high school student, why you want to sit in on these sessions. One, the person is coming to your school obviously has some sort of a connection. There is a reason that they are coming to your school, either because previous students have attended their particular college or university or they have heard some positive things about your school and they want to get some students from your school to come. So, there is interest there on the part of the college. You want to come and sit in on that session to say, Hey! Look at me I am interested in your school, you want to gain more knowledge, you want to gain more information and also you want to convey interest. Remember we have talked about that earlier, conveying interest, Hey! I am Jerome Cole, I am really interested in your school, thank you for coming into my high school and I look forward to seeing you at the open house in the fall. So, you always wanted to attend those information sessions, you don t want to miss a lot of schooltime doing that, but yeah you wanted to attend the information session