Millbrook welcomed V form parents to campus for the annual College Counseling Workshop on January 31st.
This V form event is designed to help students and parents make informed decisions throughout the college search and application process. The event began with a mock admission workshop for parents, which was followed by a panel discussion with college admission representatives, including:
- Kate Britain – Director, Recruitment & Outreach – Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
- Sarah Butler – Associate Director of Admission – Sewanee, The University of the South
- Jeremy Lowe – Associate Director of Admissions – American University
- Peter Wilson – Deputy Dean and Director of Admissions & Chief of Staff – The University of Chicago
After a full day of learning and discussion, parents joined their children for the college fair, where over 60 colleges and universities were represented. Here, students participated in practice interviews and college admission representatives were able to share immediate feedback.
The V form workshop is one of the first opportunities for parents and students to come together to begin making decisions based on what has been learned during the III and IV form years.
"We start talking about the college admissions process with IV formers in their human development course when we do a simulation activity that looks at all of the factors that go into an admission decision,” says Director of College Counseling Shannon Vollmer.
During students’ V form year, they begin meeting both in small groups and one-on-one with counselors to work on developing a college list, preparing for college interviews, drafting college essays, and developing a plan for standardized testing. In a process that can be both exciting and overwhelming, counselors emphasize areas that students have the opportunity to take some control in achieving their post-Millbrook goals.
So many Millbrook graduates attend one of their first choice colleges. This is due in large part to the fact that Millbrook gives students abundant practice in reaching and expanding their potential and recognizing and pursuing what is important to them. Workshops like this are not only an opportunity to learn but also to celebrate the academic and social growth of our V form students.