College decision making is serious business but it is not life’s ultimate moment. It is one of a long series of decisions that will help to define you as you move towards adulthood. A calm businesslike approach with a dash of humor will serve you better than a frenzied, frantic, doomsday outlook. Actually, this process should be fun. You are doing something positive for yourself and you should enjoy it. These are a few hints about how to make this important decision.
- Know yourself well, your strengths and weaknesses, your like and dislikes, your hopes and dreams. Understand and accept the evidence of your grades and test scores.
- Research your options, the full range of post-secondary possibilities that may interest you. This aspect of decision-making is worth the investment of your time and effort.
- Consult the people who can help you evaluate the situation. These people may include parents, counselors, teachers and college representatives. Useful information often comes from unexpected sources.
- Choose where you will apply and attend college. Every school choice involves both plus and minus factors.
At Robinson School, the College Counseling office assists in all aspects of the college application process and helps to make sure each student is successful in searching and applying to the right colleges and universities. Specifically, the College Counseling office assists and supports high school students in the following areas:
• The college application process (forms, references, essays, etc.). Juniors and seniors meet with the counselor to discuss colleges early in the year. All seniors are encouraged to apply to at least six colleges. Applications are submitted no later than December 15th.
• Screening for ability and career interest – administered to juniors and seniors
• Financial aid forms. The FAFSA is given to seniors at the beginning of November
• Standardized testing (PSAT, SAT, College Board of Puerto Rico, and AP exams)
• Academic and college counseling on IB universities for students in the certificate and full diploma programs
• Guidance on college interviews and resume presentation
• Final attending college decision making strategies
If you need additional information, an appointment, or have questions, please contact our College Counselor:
Beatriz Guzmán – Upper School Counselor
Indra Robles – Middle School Counselor