Monday, November 24, 2014
NEIL CASTRONOVO, Dean of Student Development and Counseling
As the director of Assumption’s counseling center and the parent of two daughters who have recently completed their college careers, I offer the following tips which I believe will be very helpful as you guide your child through the college selection process.
- Stay Grounded – Regularly take a deep breath, stay positive and maintain your sense of humor. The ride may be bumpy at times, but it does lead to a rewarding destination.
- Be Flexible – Your approach to the college search should fit your child’s unique planning style. One size does not fit all. Some students are quite organized and self-directed and require minimal parent support and affirmation. Others require more parental intervention and direction in the college search process.
- Dive Deeper – Once all applications are submitted, encourage your child to inquire about the colleges’ Orientation programs, first-year programs (to promote successful transition to college life), and the structures to prepare students for the work world and/or graduate school. These are some of the elements that will help define the best match.
- Enjoy – This is a wonderful opportunity to spend some quality time with your child as you travel from college to college. This is a very important decision that will have a tremendous influence on his/her future – just as important as the first step, word or first day of Kindergarten, this is just the beginning of a new journey for both of you.
First year programs help students transition from high school to college. Assumption offers the Tagaste Project, where students select a topic and join a group of 20 first-year students who share that same interest. The cohort will study two courses linked together by this single topic and will also share a residence hall, participate in social activities and attend course-related events. One popular Tagaste linkage offered this fall is called “Making the Media’, which connects English and Graphic Design courses.
A student’s college choice is an important one. It has been my personal and professional experience that parents and students who are active collaborators in the college search process find the experience rewarding and the outcome satisfying.
Best wishes in your collaborative search. I hope to have the opportunity to welcome you as part of the Assumption College community at the accepted student events this spring. If there is anything that I or anyone in the Assumption community can do to assist you with the college search process, please do not hesitate to call or email.
Neil Castronovo, Ph.D.
Dean of Student Development and Counseling