Category Archives: College

Changes are Coming for the College-Bound Class of 2017 and Beyond, Part III

FAC_BELL_ALISONBy Alison Potter Bell, Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, Director of College Counseling

For the past two weeks, I’ve shared the first two of a three-part series regarding information gleaned at the College Board Forum, a national conference held in Washington, D.C. If you missed the segment on changes to the SAT or financial aid, please visit our blog at blog.htacademy.org.

The final change to the college application process is highly controversial. There have been multiple articles written in The Washington Post and The New York Times covering the new “Coalition Application.”  Continue reading Changes are Coming for the College-Bound Class of 2017 and Beyond, Part III

Changes are Coming for the College-Bound Class of 2017 and Beyond, Part I


FAC_BELL_ALISONBy Alison Potter Bell, Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, Director of College Counseling

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the College Board Forum, a national conference held in Washington, D.C. This gathering of high school and college level educators, counselors and admission counselors was both intriguing and very timely.

There are three significant changes happening, all of which are slated to be in place for our current juniors, the Class of 2017.  All of these changes were created with good intentions but will require some new approaches from high schools and colleges, as well as students and parents. Continue reading Changes are Coming for the College-Bound Class of 2017 and Beyond, Part I

The Best Day of Your Life

“What” and “if.” Two little words that separately are as harmless as words can be. Put them together and they have a whole new meaning, one that can really haunt you at times. What if? What if I made it through that light before it changed; what if I studied more; what if I said something different; what if I didn’t say anything at all? Sometimes thinking about the what if’s in life can be fun, but more often than not when I find myself doing that I end up focusing more on what could have been instead of celebrating what has been. That’s what I want us to do today, celebrate all that has happened that has gotten us here, because the what if’s have had no role in that.

Let’s celebrate the past 4 years of our lives that have led up to this moment. I’ll be the first to admit high school was not perfect. It had its ups and downs, and then a few more ups and downs. But through all those moments, it has gotten us here today, and that is definitely something to celebrate. Continue reading The Best Day of Your Life