One of the most rewarding aspects of being a school counselor is building relationships with students and helping them to carve their paths for the future. A primary mission of the School Counseling Department at Laurel Springs is to provide expert college counseling services that prepare our students for the application and admission process. We recently caught up with a few of our graduating seniors, who shared with us their aspirations for the future, and their journey through the college application process.
Camila Vicioso, Laurel Springs senior and ballet dancer, has recently been accepted early decision as a Columbia University Lion for the fall of 2017. She made the decision to enroll at Laurel Springs School as a sophomore because of our strong academics and flexibility, which allowed her to dance in the Advanced Division at the School of American Ballet. She has loved being challenged academically while still having the flexibility to develop her skills in ballet.
Camila’s family is proud of her early decision acceptance to Columbia University. She knew Columbia was her top choice school, and her Laurel Springs school counselor helped guide her through the application process. “I loved how extremely supportive she was. Her professionalism and knowledge were extraordinary. She was always fast to answer any of my questions, constantly encouraged me, and gave me excellent advice.”
Jonah Kutell, Laurel Springs School senior and future real estate developer, has been accepted early decision to Syracuse University Whitman School of Business, where he will major in Business and Entrepreneurship. Jonah thanks his school counselor for helping him to tailor his daily schedule to what he needed in order to graduate early.
“I enrolled with Laurel Springs School to allow for more freedom in my schedule. It is a school that fit me instead of me having to fit to the school.” Jonah appreciated the flexibility of our asynchronous courses, and wants people to know that it’s important for students to continue to stay determined and motivated so they can successfully finish.
Actor and Laurel Springs senior, Will Wilson, enrolled in Laurel Springs School in his second semester of his freshman year after he sought more flexibility to pursue his acting career. “Laurel Springs gave me the flexibility to study on my own time and practice my craft more freely. It has been challenging but aided me in pursuing my dreams, and taught me time management skills to maintain good grades.”
As for the future, Will has known what he wanted to pursue since he was 12 years old. His school counselor at Laurel Springs has helped guide him through his upper school years in areas such as time management and the college application process. “My school counselor and I had many phone calls where we discussed my ambitions and dreams. She also provided excellent and detailed advice and information on scholarships, how to apply, and financial aid information. Almost all colleges will require teacher and counselor recommendations, but that can be more challenging with online school and lack of human contact. However, I felt very comfortable with the help and thoroughness that my school counselor provided throughout this process.”
We wish our graduating class of 2017 the best of luck in their future endeavors. Our school community loves hearing about the future plans of our graduates. If you’d like to be featured on our social media or in our blog, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us about your plans after graduation!