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September 22, 2018

Information Night Helps Student Prepare for College

Oswego High School students and parents filled the Sheldon Hall ballroom at SUNY Oswego April 17 for College Information Night.

This presentation was brought to the community by the Oswego High School counselors in conjunction with Daniel Griffin, Associate Dean of Admissions at SUNY Oswego.

Dan Griffin, Association Director of Admissions at SUNY Oswego presents to Oswego parents and students.

Dan Griffin, Association Director of Admissions at SUNY Oswego presents to Oswego parents and students.

Broad topics were covered such as how public and private colleges evaluate students for admission as well as how students should best prepare for the college application process.

The presentation also touched on more detailed material such as what makes a good college essay, what to look for when visiting colleges, and a message to students that they should take charge of this process for themselves, rather than rely on their parents or guardians.

With college readiness being the concern of many educators and parents, the OHS counselors offer this presentation, in addition to other after-school student seminars on topics such as preparing for college, interviewing tips, and how to present yourself in person and on social media.

Encouraging students to take charge of their career and college searches and helping them to manage their own college application process is a good way to help them to learn to take responsibility, with adults available to assist.

The goal is to give them skills to begin to advocate for themselves now, since so many students leave home to attend college, where they will have to rely on themselves.

OHS counselor Lisa Roman said, “The more we can nurture students to become independent and self-reliant now, the easier the transition to college will be for them.  We see that as a win-win for students, parents, educators, and society as a whole.”

To view the PowerPoint presentation, please visit www.oswego.org and then navigate through Schools, Oswego High School, Counseling Services, and College Information.

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