Did you attend the seminar and want a copy of the slides? Here they are.

Area high school students and their parents are invited to this 90-minute seminar about the college search and application process. This affordable (just $25) and fast-paced seminar will be led by two Northwood School college guidance professionals and will answer the following questions:

  • Why should I go to college?
  • What are colleges looking for in applicants?
  • Which is right for me: a liberal arts college or a career-based university?
  • What are the risks and benefits of applying early action or early decision?
  • What are the elements of a successful college application?
  • How do I write an excellent application essay?
  • How important are standardized tests, and which test(s) should I take?
  • Why should I have an admission interview if it’s not required?
  • How do I make the most of a college campus visit?
  • What do I need to know about financial aid?
  • What should I be doing between now and when I matriculate at college?

Families with rising juniors or seniors are particularly encouraged to attend, but the seminar will be relevant and useful for families with high school students in any grade. Call or email to reserve your spot today.

Event Details:

  • Wednesday, August 8, 2012
  • 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $25 per family (up to 3 family members)
  • At Northwood School
    92 Northwood Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946 (map and directions)
  • In the Ira Flinner Auditorium
  • Please call or email Kathie to reserve your space: (518) 523-3357 x201 or moorek@northwoodschool.com

“At no time in American history has the college application process become more confusing and competitive. Record numbers of applications flood admissions offices, and colleges report lower rates of acceptance each year with more qualified entering classes. Meanwhile, colleges and universities continue to build healthier endowments and expand their facilities to seemingly unsurpassable levels of grandeur while charging astonishing tuition rates. The student (and parent) stress associated with the application process has also reached record levels as more pressure to achieve or collect acceptances of prestige dominates the landscape. Make sense of all this madness: attend this workshop. We hope parents attend with their children.”

— John Spear, College Guidance Counselor, Northwood School

About the presenters

John SpearJohn Spear is the director of college guidance at Northwood School, where he also teaches English and AP Psychology. He oversees a college guidance office of five professionals and is a member of the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools, the National Association of College Admissions Counselors, the National Center for Learning Disabilities, and the Higher Education Consultants Association.  He has been a director of college guidance at independent schools for ten years.

For thirty-five years Steve Reed served as the director of college guidance at Northwood. He has guided thousands of students through the college admissions process for four decades. Steve is also the chair of the English department at Northwood.

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