Fit. A word heard time and again in the college search and application process. At St. Mary’s, we encourage all of our students to pursue higher education, from community college to the Ivy League, which is why we provide advising so that each student can find places where they will thrive.
We encourage our students to discover their interests and create paths to explore these interests further. Simply doing what we ask of our students puts St. Mary’s students on a path for success. Rather than feeding into the frenzy of college admissions madness, we encourage our students to enjoy their time here and discover their talents. No “shoulds” included. Ironically, being yourself is the best thing you can do to better your chances of admission at highly selective colleges.
We tell students that admissions officers are looking for what you bring to their campus. And what can you bring to campus that is unique? You. You and your unique perspective. Your application should be an accurate representation of you, which is a good thing when your list is filled with schools that are a good fit. You are the best you in the universe. There is not another you out there. So why would you try to be someone else? In a world filled with people trying to impress, honesty and forthrightness are refreshing.
We recognize that there are many factors that go into the decision-making process and we help students carefully consider their options. We meet with students and parents throughout their time at St. Mary's, including presentations in classes and evening events. Students at any grade level are welcome to schedule an appointment to speak with a counselor at any time.
Students and parents are welcome to talk with Ms. Klecan, the Director of College Counseling, or Lucinda Peterson, our Assistant College Counselor, at any time. We are here to make the journey to college as easy as possible!