Steps to choose your college after being accepted

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So hopefully students will get more than one yes. And they're going to have to decide between two or three or four colleges that they would really like to attend, or that they think they might want to attend. And at this stage, I think the most important thing for students to do is to go back and visit those colleges. And to go and to spend a good 24-36 hours on that college campus. If the college offers it, and much do, actually stay with another student in the dorm. Eat dinner in the cafeteria. And attend a couple of classes. Usually students will walk away from that type of visit with a pretty good sense in their gut of whether they want to go there or not, whether they'd be happy there. And at this stage, I really encourage families, if things like finances and those sort of external things aren't important at this stage, if it's really going to come down to where does this student want to go, I really encourage families and kids to go with their gut. Which one feels right? And usually students will be able to tell you that. They'll be able to walk out of those three colleges and tell you, I know where I want to go. And I can't necessarily tell you why. Maybe I can bad mouth the other ones a little bit. But I know where I want to be. And that's really, really important.

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Robert K. Cooke, MEd

Upper School Director

Robert has been in K-12 education for thirty years; for sixteen years he was a high school history and social studies teacher, teaching subjects such as AP US History, Western Civilization, World History, Economics, and Anthropology. His school administrative career has been equally varied, serving as Director of Activities at a large public high school, and a Middle School Director and Upper School Director at independent (private) schools in the Midwest and California. Robert earned his Bachelor's Degree in History from Carleton College, and his Master's in Education from Claremont Graduate University. He is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). Robert has served on school accreditation teams in the Midwest and California. He has two children, one of whom is an acting and English Literature double major at a large urban university on the East Coast, while the other is a high school junior in Los Angeles.

 

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