East Seniors Explore College Admissions & Common App Over Summer

East Seniors Explore College Admissions & Common App Over Summer

East HS College Essay Program

More than 150 students recently took advantage of an opportunity to kick-start their college application process this summer. Coordinated by East High School’s Guidance Department, four free sessions were offered to incoming seniors in mid-August in the school’s library.

While all of the interactive sessions were the same, they were offered on different days and times to accommodate students’ busy summer schedules.

East HS College Essay ProgramGuest speaker Jeremy Branch, the Assistant Director of Enrollment Management at Penn State University–Brandywine, kicked off each session with information on the college admissions process. He provided advice on how to write an effective college essay, shared an insider’s perspective on what admissions offices tend to look for in student essays, and more.

School counselors Heather Gallo and Lauren Otto discussed how to access, navigate, and complete the Common App, which is a commonly used method to apply to colleges located across the nation.

Students then had time to apply what they learned by working on their essays and exploring the Common App website in their school’s computer lab.

The counselors were available to provide help and answer questions throughout the process.

“I now have insider information on the college application process and proper details on how to complete the Common App,” said a student who attended one of the sessions. “I probably would have procrastinated on starting my application had I not attended this session.”

This is the first year the sessions were offered, and because of their success the school plans to offer the sessions again next year.

“Students have a lot going on their senior year; academics, jobs, activities, the college application process, and more,” said Otto. “We hope having the opportunity to complete most of the common application before their senior year begins helped eliminate some stress and allowed them to check off a major item on their to-do lists.”

For more information, please contact Ms. Tracey Dukert, Digital Communications Coordinator, West Chester Area School District at 484-266-1170 or tdukert@wcasd.net.