Countdown to College: Making the Most of Your Summer

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Andrea Graziano, Director of College Advising at International College Counselors, discusses summer activities that admissions officers want to see on your application and summer is a great time to get a jump start on that college planning. Understand the benefits, opportunities and differences of paid jobs, internships, volunteer work, summer school and other summer activities and find out which are the most advantageous. Whether you’re just starting your college journey or you’re applying in the fall, this program will have you covered.

Andrea Graziano is a Director of College Advising at International College Counselors in Connecticut. She graduated with honors from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and received a Master’s Degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is an award-winning reporter, writer and editor. Ms. Graziano has spent several years working with high school students brainstorming, crafting and editing their college admissions essays, making them one of the strongest components of their college applications. Before joining International College Counselors, Ms. Graziano was the Chief Content Officer for Daily Voice, a network of hyper local news sites covering New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. She was also a trainer and consultant for TAPInto, working closely with young writers to help them improve their skills.

The Westport Library strives to help students meet their goals as they prepare for college. This series, Countdown to College, aims to provide resources for students and parents to help students to prepare academically, socially and emotionally for college.
Link to resource guide on these topics.

Karl Mergenthaler has more than 20 years of experience in various finance and accounting roles. Most recently, Karl was an Executive Director and U.S. Leader of the Investment Information Services group at J.P. Morgan. In this role, Karl provided subject matter expertise related to institutional portfolio management, asset allocation, and risk management to some of the world’s most sophisticated pension plans and other investors. Previously, Karl was an equity analyst and portfolio manager at Avatar Associates, where he was actively involved in the management of portfolios of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). Finally, Karl began his career at Arthur Andersen, where he was an auditor and forensic accountant. Karl is actively involved in teaching at the graduate level. He has been an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia Business School since 2013. Karl teaches a course called “Pension, Sovereign and Institutional Investing.” Previously, Karl was an Adjunct Professor at Pace University and a mentor and guest speaker at Fairfield University. Karl is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts. Karl earned a B.A. in economics from Wesleyan University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. 

Abby Siegel has worked for more than 20 years as a college guidance counselor, preparing high school students for success in college. After graduating from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, Abby attended graduate school at Loyola University Chicago where she obtained a Master of Education degree in College Student Personnel and a Type 73 certificate in School Counseling. During her time at Loyola, Abby completed a graduate externship in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions where she counseled incoming freshmen. She also completed a practicum in the Office of Greek Affairs at Northwestern University. In addition, Abby received a Type 03 certificate in Elementary Education from DePaul University in Chicago. After several years as a Guidance Counselor at Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor, Illinois, Abby moved east to New York City. She worked at New Canaan High School in New Canaan, Connecticut for four years as a college guidance counselor before transferring to Stuyvesant High School in New York City. In her position as a college counselor Abby was able to focus solely on the college admissions process with her students and to form relationships with several college admissions offices. Among Abby’s achievements include being a recipient of the University of Miami’s Excellence in Counseling Award in 2004, an honor she received after being nominated by one of her former students from NCHS. She is a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), and the Southern Association of College Admissions Counselors (SACAC).

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