College admission officials share insights with RE families

A trio of university admission officials offered guidance on the college process to RE juniors and their families during the College Admission Symposium Jan. 7 at the Lewis Family Auditorium. The morning-long program, called "Reimagining the College Search Process," featured presentations by Angela Herrera Canfield of Cornell University, Rob Springall of Penn State University and Art Rodriguez of Carleton College, and it concluded with a roundtable led by RE Executive Director of College Counseling Jason Locke. Locke and Director of College Counseling Patrick Tassoni introduced the event, one of many programs at Ransom Everglades designed to assist the Class of 2024 and their families as they journey through the college search process.
In presentations delivered from the Lewis Family Auditorium stage, each admission representative explained and explored different categories of academic institutions: Canfield shared information about institutions that offer pre-professional or specialized schools – such as for engineering, fine arts, business and public health; Rodriguez talked about the benefits of small, liberal arts colleges; and Springall discussed large, public research universities. All encouraged students and families to consider what category of institution best fit their goals and approach, and to expand their universe of colleges and universities.

They also shared insights on essay writing and applications, college rankings, student activities and jobs, and course selection. Rodriguez reminded parents to trust their students and their college counselors at RE. "I encourage you to nudge, ask questions of your student about the process, but don't drill them about it, don't make every conversation you have about college," he said. "This is not about you as a parent. This is their college search; give them the space to do that. Let them drive the process."

Springall urged families to take their searches beyond their living rooms and computer screens.

"I encourage you as loudly and as strongly as I can to look at places physically, go visit the places on your list," he said. "It's so important to be able to visualize yourself on the campus [and] say, 'Will I be happy here?'"

Canfield concluded the event with an invitation; she told families not to hesitate to reach out directly to admission officers with their questions.

"We love helping students," she said. "We love giving you advice. You have the whole summer to ask those questions and set up appointments; we want to help you through the process."
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.