With college applications being finalized and sent out by seniors, and juniors continuing to tour campuses around the country, college counseling is a constant topic of conversation at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School. At the center of it all is Brooke Fincke, the Director of College Counseling. Ms. Fincke works with CH-CH students throughout the entire process, from preparing for the SAT, to meeting with college representatives and completing and submitting final applications.
“The process of preparing for college begins as early as freshman year,” said Ms. Fincke. “By the time they hit senior year, they’ve already visited colleges, met with school representatives, and have a solid understanding of how to narrow down the field of three-thousand colleges into the six or ten they’re really passionate about. Our goal is that students are focused on finding the right fit and sharing their voice and experience with the colleges they want to attend.”
One benefit available to CH-CH students through the college counseling office is personal visits from college representatives. Throughout the school year, an average of fifty college representatives will visit the college counseling office to engage with students in small groups and answer questions. These meetings give students the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of schools, and truly understand what they have to offer.
“The college visits were very informative,” said alumni Emilee Purdy. “During the normal, large college tours, I wasn’t able to ask a lot of the questions that I had. With the college representatives coming to us at CH-CH we never had more than five people in a meeting, and I was able to get answers to all the questions I had.”
Between the college counseling office, 75 minute classes, and teacher’s daily office hours, the process of preparing for college is happening every day at CH-CH:
“The students at CH-CH aren’t just learning in the classroom, they’re learning outside of the classroom as well,” said Ms. Fincke. “That mimics exactly what students are going to find when they enter academically rigorous programs in college, where conversations are going to continue in the dorm room, in their internships, and in clubs and activities.”