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A Head Start on College Applications at Saint Francis High School


To take the stress and confusion out of the college application process, the Guidance and Counseling Office at Saint Francis High School hosted summer workshops for rising seniors to help them better tell their stories and understand how colleges review applications.

This was the first time Saint Francis held these optional workshops, which shed light on topics such as the Common Application, supplemental essays, financial aid, and personal organization during the application process. Students also completed brainstorming exercises and received one-on-one attention for their essays.

“It was worthwhile for students to better understand the process and get a head start before school starts,” said College and Career Coordinator Anya Ishida.

Senior Arrian Ebrahimi found the workshops helpful in demystifying and clarifying certain topics. “It helps to know that counselors are aware of the confusion surrounding college applications,” he said.

Parents also had opportunities to be more educated about the application process during the summer. Director of Guidance and College Counseling Hector Camacho conducted two webinars to answer questions submitted by parents.