Dear Students and Parents,
As you look forward to the milestones that will come with your Sixth Form year, the thought of college may be weighing on your minds. Where will you apply? Where will you go? Who will you become? It is our great hope that, starting in the winter of the Fifth Form year, we will work together to ensure that your college search and application process is what it needs to be: organized, reflective, thoughtful, focused and driven by, and centered around, you, the student.
In an age in which admissions statistics and application "strategies" make national news headlines, anxiety unnecessarily dominates this age-old process of applying to college. We in the College Office have worked in college admissions for many years. For the past fourteen years, Ms. Mills has worked with US and international students seeking admission to universities in America, England, Scotland, Canada, Japan, Spain, Australia and elsewhere; for the four years prior to that, as an admissions officer, she read and reviewed thousands of college applications and essays. Mr. Kelley began his work in college counseling eighteen years ago here at St. Albans and has counseled more than three hundred St. Albans students. What we have learned is that it all works out. At its core, the college search and application process is a life experience. You will learn more about yourself this year than you ever have, and you will emerge from your triumphs and your disappointments better equipped for whatever future challenges are ahead.
We will be your strongest advocates, your devil's advocate and your personal red-tape artist; what we want is for you to find the college or university that represents your perfect match.
We greatly look forward to working with you in the months ahead.
Nikki Magaziner Mills
Director of College Counseling
Peter E. Kelley
Associate Director of College Counseling
Samuel L. Schaffer
Assistant Director of College Counseling