Graduating High SchoolEach year we are asked about the importance of visiting prospective colleges specifically with regards to the impact a campus visit might have on the admissions process.

While the real value of a campus visit lies in the ability of the prospective applicant and his/her parents to actually be present on campus and feel the “beat” of the campus, that visit at many colleges is a “tip factor” in the admissions process. In other words, the campus visit is a quantifiable measure of a student’s interest in that college. Like it or not, at many colleges, the visit could be the factor that tips the scales one way or the other. However, it’s not always possible or affordable to visit every college on the list.

What then?

The next best opportunity to interact with college admissions officials this Fall is to make good use of their visits to you.

In otherwords, this is “travel season” for the college admissions representatives. They are visiting high schools, libraries, students at coffee shops, etc. As a high school Sophomore, Junior, or Senior looking at a particular college, it would be a wise move to seek out some time with the respective admissions official. It’s “OK” for the younger high school students to use these opportunities to see what college is all about.

Check your high schools guidance calendar for the schools that will be visiting your high school. If you don’t see one you’re looking for, see if a neighboring town has a college fair you can attend (for example, Waltham High School and Westwood High School in Massachuetts have an open fair in the Fall and Spring, respectively.

A college fair is an opportunity for you to meet with the regional admissions officers at colleges in which you are interested, get additional information about the colleges and let your colleges know you are interested in them.

Here’s a time-saving hint: It is smart to take mailing labels with the student name,snail mail, email and cell contact information with you. That way, you can just put that on the individual college contact form. That saves time so that you can actually speak to the college rep.

Don’t forget to think a little bit outside the box. Yes, there are college fairs in Boston, Providence and in most major cities in the country. But what if you are interested in colleges in the Washington, DC area? It might make sense to fly to Baltimore. Rent a car. Visit the colleges you can, and see the others at the college fair.

Kill two birds with one stone!

Seniors – good luck continuing to refine your college lists and come to the final set to apply to.

Juniors – this is a taste of what is to come in the next several months.



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College Essay Writing Workshop – How To Shine!

by Todd Weaver on September 8, 2014

college essayAh, the College Essay.

Some high school Seniors are angst-ridden by the freightening prospect of having to tell a college admissions officer about themselves. Other Seniors might be basking in the glory of already being done with their narrative about themselves.

For the latter, great job! For the former, here’s an upcoming workshop we wanted to tell you about.


Free Workshop for High School Students

For Immediate Release

Contact Person: Andrea L. Torello, M. Ed.


Middlebury, VT.  Strategies for College (SFC) is pleased to offer a free workshop called “Writing a Winning College Essay” on Thursday, September 18th  from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Ilsley Library in Middlebury, VT.  The workshop is for high school juniors and seniors who are planning to go on to college and who are seeking help beginning, drafting or editing their college essay.

The workshop will be led by author, editor, and theater director Elizabeth “Liz” Leroux.  Leroux will facilitate a number of activities from getting ideas to flow, to finding your voice, to editing a final draft.  Students will be actively involved in exercises throughout the workshop, including reviewing accepted students’ essays.  All participants will leave the workshop with ideas, direction and resources.

Leroux brings 20 years of experience working with high school students to her work.  She is a certified Secondary English teacher with an MA from Columbia.  She is also a seasoned theater director with 25 productions to her credit.  Her combined experience in writing, editing, and theater make her a dynamic presenter.  She currently advises fifty seniors on their college essays.

Leroux will be joined by two experts in the college search, selection and application field.  Howard Verman has 40 years’ experience guiding young people as a teacher, a leader in innovative education, a principal and as Partner at SFC.  Verman has visited 135 colleges and advised students from six states and Canada.  Andrea L. Torello has spent 39 years working with youth as a teacher, a guidance director and founder of College Bound.   Torello is also a Senior Associate with SFC.  Torello has visited colleges across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

The workshop is limited to 30 participants.  The workshop is free but you must be registered to attend.  Please register on the SFC website @ at  For more information please contact Andrea Torello at or at 802-338-0560.



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