Professional Development

Evelyn's Magellan Word CloudIt seems that every week I am off to another professional conference.  This week it was lunch with admissions officers from 24 different schools on Monday, a tour of UC Irvine and discussion with fellow counselors about college search experiences for Jewish students on Friday.

I added up all of the time I spent on professional development activities last year – college tours, conferences, volunteer work – and it came out to over 200 hours.  As I plan my spring college tours to schools in Pennsylvania, Ohio, St. Louis, upstate New York and Washington, DC, I realize that all of this schlepping really does help my clients.  The more I see, the more I can offer.  You may never have heard of High Point University (North Carolina) or William Woods College (Missouri), but I have, and I can help you figure out if they might be the right school for you.

EJA with Latting
I met John Latting when he was Dean of Admissions at Johns Hopkins, but he moved to Emory University last year. Ran into him at the NACAC Conference in Denver last October.

I see myself filling a really important need.  In Los Angeles public schools, college counselors have a caseload of five to six hundred students.  There’s just no way they have the time to spend hours working with one student on his/her college search, so students simply search based on the colleges they know.  Or they can work with an independent counselor.

Here’s a flyer with some interesting information from IECA, the Independent Educational Consultants Association, one of the four professional organizations of which I am a member:

Facts About Independent College Counselors

This flyer suggests some very helpful questions you should ask before hiring an independent college counselor:

12 Questions To Ask Before Hiring an Independent Educational Consultant

Finally, I just published an article in the Westwood / Century City Patch about professional development.  While I’m pretty sure I will never be able to memorize (let alone know details about) all 2,200 four-year colleges in the United States, I consider it my job to stay informed so that I can do a good job for you and your student!

p.s. Here are a few quick facts I learned at the professional conference I attended last week:

  • If you add up all of the spaces in the freshman classes at all eight Ivy League colleges, there are 19,000 students.
  • There are 10,900 high schools in California alone (which means 10,900 Student Body Presidents, 10,900 valedictorians, 10,900 Newspaper Editors-in-Chief, you get the picture) and about 35,000 high schools in the U.S.
  • Harvard rejects 80% of the valedictorians who apply every year.
  • Yale could fill its freshman class three times over with students who scored 2250 or higher on the SAT (max score is 2400, so that’s 750 per section).


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