Jerome A. Cole, MAJerome 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: What strategy should students employ to keep them on track and minimize the stress and strain of the application process?
Jerome Cole: Let me just say upfront, for your seniors out their there is stress associated with this process and that s not to be denied. How you want to minimize that stress? I think you want to set some realistic goals for yourself, I think you want to sit down. Once you finalize your list of colleges, put them down on a piece of paper, what s required to complete each application and when is it require and post that somewhere prominent, where you know -- its in your seeing your face everyday and as you complete those applications, draw a little line beside it, put a check mark beside it. I think that will help just the idea of having a list and having it display prominently. I am very much a list kind of guy and I think that helps you. It will also help keep your parents off your back a little bit because if they see that you have a list up here and you got everything on that list and they see you checking things of, they are more inclined to leave you alone.