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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.
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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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Countdown to College: Negotiating the College Process for Applicants with Learning Disabities

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Deena Maerowitz, J.D., M.S.W., discusses considerations for college applicants with learning disabilities. Learn how to research colleges with strong support structures, convey strengths and advocate for themselves. She will touch on issues including whether to disclose disabilities in the admissions process, and how to determine colleges that are a good fit not only in terms of a disability, but in relation to all the other facets of who they are as a student and future college student.

Community partner: Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities

Deena Maerowtiz, Principal of the Bertram Group in Westport, CT, is a highly regarded college and graduate school advisors in the country. Deena willdiscuss how to find colleges with the right support programs, how students can convey their strengths in applications, and how students can advocate for themselves at college.

As an educational consultant, Deena Maerowitz advises students throughout the entire college admissions process, planning both undergraduate and graduate educations. Deena graduated magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College and received her law degree and
master’s degree in social work from the University of Connecticut. Prior to becoming an educational consultant, Deena was Associate Director of Admissions at Columbia University Business School.

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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Countdown to College: Seven Ways to Support Your Student

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Michelle Sagalyn of Successful Study Skills 4 Students leads an interactive workshop that provides parents with concrete tools they can use right away to encourage their students' study practice. Topics will include:

  • What are the seven skills students need to be successful in school?
  • How should they prepare for tests?
  • How can they eliminate distractions when they study?
  • How can they avoid feeling overwhelmed?
  • Should they study for a subject all in one shot or over time?
  • What can you do as a parent support your student? 

Note: This program was re-scheduled from September 27.

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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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. Bobbi serves as a member and Co-Chairperson of the Westport Youth Commission. 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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DATE CHANGED TO WED, OCT 4: Countdown to College: Seven Ways to Support Your Student

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Note: Date changed to Wednesday, October 4.

Michelle Sagalyn of Successful Study Skills 4 Students leads an interactive workshop that provides parents with concrete tools they can use right away to encourage their students' study practice. Topics will include:

  • What are the seven skills students need to be successful in school?
  • How should they prepare for tests?
  • How can they eliminate distractions when they study?
  • How can they avoid feeling overwhelmed?
  • Should they study for a subject all in one shot or over time?
  • What can you do as a parent support your student? 


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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Countdown to College Expo

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Whether you’re just getting started in the college process, or you’re currently living and breathing college, the Countdown to College Expo has you covered. This free event will feature small workshops, personal college essay and Common Application review appointments, practice SAT and ACT tests, and a panel of speakers covering topics from study skills and stress management to choosing the test that’s right for you. Free; register online for appointments and practice tests.
 

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.

 

FULL SCHEDULE

Bios of speakers listed below schedule.

9:30-10AM: Breakfast and coffee

10AM-12PM: Small Workshops

  • 10-11AM: Navigating the Pathway to College Acceptance for Visual and Performing Artists
    Presented by Joan Franklin and Vicki Boudin of College Docs
  • 11AM-12PM: College Financing Basics
    Presented by Lee Rawiszer and Traci Saxon of Paradigm Financial Partners

10AM-12PM: Personal Essay Appointments

A chance for students to make a 15-minute appointment to have their essay reviewed by a college essay specialist

Featuring:

  • Liz Waltzman of Write Ahead College Essays
  • Carey Field, College Essay/Writing Tutor

10AM-12PM: Common Application Review Appointments

Make a 15-minute appointment to have your Common Application reviewed by a College Counselor. Ask questions, get advice or simply utilize a second set of eyes to calm your nerves.

Featuring:

  • Amy Chatterjee and Paige Peterkin of Collegewise

12:30-2:30PM: Speaker panel

Speakers will have 20 minutes to address their topic. This will be followed by a general Q&A from 2-2:30PM.

  • Managing Stress & Wellness During the College Search
    Grace Mulliken of CollegeCounselor.net
  • ACT vs SAT
    Mike Newcomer of Lion Academy Tutors
  • The Common App
    Amy Chatterjee of Collegewise
  • Study Skills
    Michelle Sagalyn of Successful Study Skills 4 Students
  • The College Essay
    Bobbi Crocker of Crocker College Consulting
    The College Essay is the one opportunity for a student to write about who they are, their world and experiences. Her discussion will be about the importance of writing an essay that will reflect a teenager’s voice as well as approaches to making their story distinct.
  • Choosing the Right College
    TBD

12-4PM: SAT, ACT, and/or PSAT Practice Tests

Administered by C2 Education of Westport

 

Nancy Arseneault: center director at C2 Education of Westport

Vicki Boudin, Psy.D., co-founder & educational consultant at College Docs, has been a clinical psychologist and educational consultant in Fairfield, CT for 30 years. She is a co-founder of College Docs, where she helps students and their parents navigate the college admissions process. 

Amy Chatterjee, director of Collegewise of Westpor,t is a graduate of Villanova University where she earned a master’s degree in secondary school counseling. She has been a college counselor for 16 years working in the New York City public schools, as coordinator of collegiate programming at the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation and now as the director of Collegewise Westport, the nation’s largest college counseling company.

Bobbi Crocker of Crocker College Consulting is an independent educational consultant with an in-depth knowledge of the college admissions selection and application process. Bobbi worked for Wheaton College as an Admissions Reader and member of the admissions committee and has experience reading over 1500 applications. She now brings that expertise to students by helping them craft their perfect college essay. 

Carey Field, independent writing and college essay tutorworks, works with high school seniors in the CT/NY/NJ area, helping them craft compelling, memorable and meaningful college essays. She loves the writing process, and working with students to help them find their voice. 

Joan Franklin, Psy.D., co-founder & educational consultant of College Docs, is a clinical psychologist and educational consultant, who has been working with adolescents and their families for over 25 years. At College Docs she guides students and their families through the often stressful college planning process, working personally with every client to ensure they get the best information and direction for their individual needs. She strategizes to set realistic goals, and helps students present themselves to their best advantage on their applications to achieve acceptance into colleges they desire. 

Grace Mulliken, of The College Counselor, LLC, is a licensed school counselor and the founder of The College Counselor, LLC in Westport. She works with students to try to take the anxiety out of the college process and to help discover their own best personal attributes to highlight in school applications. 

Mike Newcomer, founder and tutor at Lion Academy, who holds a PhD in Biophysics from Yale, was inspired to create Lion Academy after discovering his love for helping students to succeed academically and understand complex subject matter. 

Paige Peterkin is a college counselor at Collegewise Westport, where she works with students and their families to encourage a healthy and successful college admissions process. She is a graduate of Williams College and is proud to be a part of Collegewise, and she stands by its mission to “help students find, apply to, and attend the right colleges.”

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As an independent financial advisor, Lee Rawiszer, managing principal at Paradigm Financial Partners, believes that financial planning is a process that should reflect the client’s vision, values and goals. He designs strategies that are flexible and takes into account that nothing remains static; people’s lives change and plans need to be adjusted on an ongoing basis. 

Michelle Sagalyn founded Successful Study Skills 4 Students, (S4), with a mission to unlock the power of learning to improve, enhance, and support students’ academic careers. The evidence-based S4 Study Skills program teaches students the tools and strategies in notetaking, organization ,time management, and executive functions, needed to approach school with confidence achieve their personal best.

Traci Saxon, J. D., Financial Advisor at Paradigm Financial Partners, is an independent financial advisor drawing upon her twenty years’ experience as a divorce litigator, consultant and mediator. The experience that she derived from her work as a divorce attorney, combined with her commitment to zealously represent each of her clients, translates to a highly personalized and effective approach to financial advisory.

Liz Waltzman, of Write Ahead College Essays, has coached high schoolers through essay brainstorming/writing and the college application process since 2013. With experience as a school librarian 25 years strong, Liz has helped teens formulate, research, and organize ideas, always recognizing the student’s story and voice are paramount.

Yearsley Winkler (Staples '03, Yale '07), is the director of Meliora Education, Fairfield County's only "buy-one give-one" college admissions service. Yearsley has 10 years of experience helping students from across Fairfield County gain admission to the most competitive schools in the country.

 
 

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Countdown to College: ACT/SAT Practice Test

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Take a free practice test for the new SAT or redesigned 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. Register online.

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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Countdown to College: SAT Boot Camp

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This SAT prep course will cover everything needed to maximize exam scores. From strategies and tips to handling the reading section to math concepts to a comprehensive run-down of all the grammar rules needed to decipher the English section, this course prepare you to take the SAT and do your best. The series is free, but space is limited. Register online. Students need to attend all four sessions (Tuesdays, July 11-August 1 from 2-5 pm), as it is a series.

This class will be presented by Brain Boost and will be taught by Michael Phillips, an experienced SAT tutor and a graduate of UC Berkley in mathematics.
 

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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Post-Secondary Transition Challenges for Students with ADHD and LD

April 4, 2017
Robert Tudisco

Disability advocate, attorney and motivational speaker Robert Tudisco discussed the difficult transition from high school to college for students diagnosed with ADHD & LD on April 4, 2017 at the Westport Library.

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Countdown to College: Preparing for the College Transition

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Malcolm Gauld,
author of the book College Success Guaranteed 2.0: Five Rules for Parents, will offer advice and experience for helping you and your child graduate from high school to life in college. Learn how to prepare yourself and your child for the transition to college. What life skills are needed to be successful? How involved should parents be?

Malcolm Gauld is recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on character education and parenting. His character development program, delivered at the Hyde schools, has been featured on The Today Show, PBS, and much more. A natural storyteller, Malcolm uses humor and personal experience to convey his practical, insightful, and timely messages on parenting, character, and leadership to a wide mainstream audience. 

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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