Items tagged with College

Mastering the Art of the College Interview

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Nola Beldegreen, Executive Presence and Interview Consultant, will help you gain confidence to rock your college interview. The process includes: identifying your talking points, practicing the interview process with the right tone and presence and knowing how to best tell your story. "It’s the sum of the parts that gets winning results" says Nola. "You get admitted to the college of your choice or land the job that you really want, not just by 'interviewing', but by knowing how to best connect with the interviewer while sharing your skills and story."  Register online (coming) as class size is limited.

A former Conde Nast executive, Nola works with executives and students delivering results through effective interviewing and communication 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.

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Teen, Seminars & Workshops

A Personal Review of Your College Essay

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bobbi crockerBobbi Crocker of Crocker College Consulting, educational consultant, former admissions reader and committee member for colleges, will privately meet with high school seniors for a 15-minute appointment to review their college essay. $15 materials fee. Register online.

Are you struggling with your college essay? Does it convey who you are and what you would bring to a college campus? Do you need an objective second opinion? Are you stuck or confused about the Common Application? This is a chance to address all of your questions in a private 15-minute session, which happens to be the same amount of time that many colleges spend reading your entire college application. 

Bobbi Crocker is an independent educational consultant specializing in the college admissions selection and application process. She a professional member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). She conducts many college visits annually and has an in-depth knowledge of the college admissions process. Bobbi worked as a Admissions Reader and member of the admissions committee for Wheaton College. She is an alumni interviewer for Bowdoin College and former chairperson for the Fairfield County Bowdoin Alumni Schools and Interviewing Committee. Prior to consulting, she worked in product marketing and new business development for over twenty years for a Fortune 500 company. As a mother of two sons who have gone through the college selection process, she personally understands the challenges facing families during this time period.

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.

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Teen
College

Countdown to College Expo

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Meet academic tutors and college counselors from around Fairfield County at this open house meet & greet. Practice SAT and ACT tests are offered with pre-registration.

Tutors and companies interested in having a table may register online. (Varying fee schedule, from free to $50) Questions? Contact Jaina Shaw at jshaw [at] westportlibrary [dot] org.

Locations: Riverwalk Level Program Room & Toquet Hall, 58 Post Road East
 

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.

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Honors, APs, GPAs and College Admissions—What You Need To Know about The Changes at SHS

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Andrea Graziano, Director of College Advising at International College Counselors, addresses the issues surrounding the overhaul of the grading system at Staples High School for the Class of 2021 and beyond. The controversial decision to eliminate the weighted grading system for AP and Honors classes could result in lower GPAs for students who take challenging classes. What does this mean for your student – and their chances of getting into their dream school? 

Middle school age & up

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.

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Teen, Talks & Readings
Grade6, Grade7, Grade8, Grade9

Countdown to College: Making the Most of Your Summer

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Note: this program was re-scheduled from May 15.

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.

Teen, Talks & Readings
High School, Grade 9, Grade 8
Grade10, Grade8, Grade9

Postponed: Countdown to College: Making the Most of Your Summer

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Program is canceled due to inclement weather. 
Program is rescheduled for Monday 5/21 at 7 pm in the Maker Space balcony.

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.

Teen, Talks & Readings
High School, Grade 9, Grade 8
Grade9, Grade8, Grade10

Countdown to College: ACT/SAT/PSAT Practice Test

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Three chances are offered to take a free practice test for the PSAT, SAT or ACT, administered by C2 Education of Westport. Space is limited; register online and specify which test you would like to take. Bring a #2 pencil and a calculator. Breaks will be provided, just as in the official tests. Contact mparmelee [at] westportlibrary [dot] org for more information.

Register online for Saturday, April 28, 12-4 pm.

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.

Weeks Seminar Room
Teen
College, Teen

Countdown to College: ACT/SAT/PSAT Practice Test

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Three chances are offered to take a free practice test for the PSAT, SAT or ACT, administered by C2 Education of Westport. Space is limited; register online and specify which test you would like to take. Bring a #2 pencil and a calculator. Breaks will be provided, just as in the official tests. Contact mparmelee [at] westportlibrary [dot] org for more information.

Register online for Saturday, January 27, 12-4 pm.Register online for Saturday, March 10, 12-4 pm.
Register online for Saturday, April 28, 12-4 pm.

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.

Weeks Seminar Room
Teen
College, Teen

Countdown to College: ACT/SAT/PSAT Practice Test

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Three chances are offered to take a free practice test for the PSAT, SAT or ACT, administered by C2 Education of Westport. Space is limited; register online and specify which test you would like to take. Bring a #2 pencil and a calculator. Breaks will be provided, just as in the official tests. Contact mparmelee [at] westportlibrary [dot] org for more information. (SNOW DATE: February 3)

Register online for Saturday, January 27, 12-4 pm.Register online for Saturday, March 10, 12-4 pm.
Register online for Saturday, April 28, 12-4 pm.

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.

Weeks Seminar Room
Teen
College, Teen

Countdown to College: College Dollars and Sense

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Two Staples alumnae, Abby Siegel, a college entrance consultant, and Karl Mergenthaler, CFA and financial advisor at the Westport Morgan Stanley office, provide advice on how to find, get accepted to and pay for the right college for you and your child. Do you have a strategy for college success? Does your child want to go to a small liberal arts college, a large public university, or somewhere in between? Will you be able to get financial aid, merit scholarships, or other financial assistance? Should you save money in a 529 Plan or other investments? 

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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