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College Counseling

Mission

College Counseling is an integral part of the educational program at WMA. We view ourselves as teachers and advisors rather than placement officers, and strive to support our students and families by providing accurate and up-to-date information and personalized guidance throughout every phase of the college search and application process. Our program is designed to equip our students to take the leading role in their own education and to nurture self-reflection, independent thinking, resourcefulness and resilience - qualities that will serve them well in college and beyond.

Every aspect of a student’s education at WMA helps to prepare them for a successful college search. Our curricular emphasis on developing our students’ research skills, mastery of written and verbal expression, critical thinking and global awareness provides a strong foundation for college exploration.

WMA today, where tomorrow?

"We believe that the college search and selection process is an integral part of our students' experience at WMA."

- WMA College Counseling Mission statement

Calendar

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Program

Sophomore Year

The formal part of the college process begins in Grade 10 when students are assigned to a weekly class for the spring semester. Sophomore Seminar introduces our students to the college process at WMA and covers a range of topics from self-assessment to the art of writing a compelling personal statement to navigating Naviance, the college counseling software WMA uses.

Junior Year

In the junior year, students begin to work one-on-one with their individual counselor as part of our very personalized approach to the college process. Regular meetings for the remainder of the year, along with weekly Junior Seminar classes during the winter trimester, help students to identify a range of colleges that are a good match for their unique interests, talents and goals. In conjunction with the English Department, we work closely with our students on their writing skills with a focus on completing a polished college essay by the end of the junior year.

Senior Year

During senior year, individual meetings are more frequent in preparation for the submission of applications with deadlines as early as October. Admission officers from over 75 colleges send representatives to our campus to meet with WMA students, giving our students a unique opportunity to learn more about the colleges that interest them and establish personal contacts. One-on-one meetings are supplemented with additional programs and events designed to meet the needs of our diverse student population.


Your program reminded me why I do what I do...thank you for the opportunity to meet such wonderful enthusiastic students and supportive parents. At one point in my career, I considered 'going over to the other side' and becoming a college counselor. Watching . . . you last night being so in love with what you do, made me wonder about a lost opportunity. Of course, I love, love, love what I do at Smith ... but just saying....you make it look so good!"

Sid Dalby
Associate Director of Admission
Smith College

College Counseling Events

Each fall, admission officers from more than 75 colleges and universities visit WMA to meet with our students and college counselors. In addition, college admissions presentations featuring a variety of schools and admission professionals are scheduled throughout the year. In the past two years, we have welcomed the following guests to our campus:

Senior Class Workshop

WMA's program for members of the graduating class featuring guest speaker, Sid Dalby, Associate Director of Admission at Smith College.


The Admission Game

Do you ever wonder who "gets in" and "why?" The Admission Game® takes you inside the admission process for the answers.

Wilbraham and Monson Academy’s College Counseling Office presents The Admission Game® with Peter Van Buskirk for sophomores and juniors and all parents. It's a fun, interactive and insightful perspective on the college search and planning process.

Motivational speaker, author, consultant, and former Dean of Admission, Peter Van Buskirk equips families to make healthy, productive choices as they plan for college.

Focusing on a student-centered approach, the high energy live programming and innovative online college planning solutions he offers through The Admission Game® reach tens of thousands of students, parents and educators annually. For more information about Mr. Van Buskirk and The Admission Game®, visit his website at www.bestcollegefit.com.

Junior Night

Each February, the College Counseling Office presents a special program for juniors and their parents featuring a panel of seasoned admission officers. Last year we welcomed Ms. Terry Cowdrey, former vice president and dean of admission at Colby College and Erik DeAngelis, Associate Director of Admission at Brown University.

Chalk Talk: The Common App

Alan Reeder of Hillside Writing presents "The Common-App Chalk Talk," which helps college-bound applicants and their support teams to see the college admission essay less as a challenge and more as an opportunity — even an enjoyable one!

Roles & Responsibilities

Student

It is expected that WMA students will:

  • Take an active and leading role in the process
  • Engage in genuine self-assessment and college research
  • Pay attention to announcements, emails, and meeting requirements with counselors
  • Pay attention to deadlines throughout the college application process
  • Check in with parents and reinforce partnership throughout the process
  • Work cooperatively with faculty, counselors, coaches, and parents to maximize opportunities

Parent

It is expected that WMA parents will:

  • Continue to guide, support, and trust your son or daughter
  • Encourage your son or daughter to take the lead
  • Keep the counselor informed about any questions or concerns you may have so we can work together on behalf of your child
  • Keep an open mind about what a “good” college is
  • Use positive language
  • Teach your child how to be an effective self-advocate

Counselor

It is expected that WMA college counselors will:

  • Work collaboratively with all parties involved in the college process to ensure students are well-supported in the college search, application, and decision process
  • Provide timely information about the college process
  • Provide students with best-fit options for potential colleges
  • Learn about and communicate new trends and developments, both nationally and at individual colleges

Info for Colleges

Are you interested in visiting WMA? Please contact Director of College Counseling office manager Sandi Scott at 413.596.9102 or by email to set up a time.

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Where are we?

We are located at 423 Main Street in Wilbraham, Mass.


We are located on the first floor of Rich Hall. Please check in at the Reception Desk in Rich Hall lobby.

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