With the arrival of spring, finding the right college becomes a priority for Storm King students, especially juniors and seniors. Many students and families take advantage of the warmer weather to travel around the region and the country to visit potential schools in their search for the perfect fit. That’s why the College Counseling Office at Storm King organizes a College Lunch & Learn each spring where nearly 20 colleges are brought to them right here on campus.
On Tuesday, April 10, Orr Commons was bustling with activity when representatives from nearly 20 American colleges and universities set up tables and met with Storm King students. As everyone enjoyed their food, students and visiting parents had the opportunity to speak with schools of interest as close as New York and as far away as Arizona, including Kent State, St. John’s University, SUNY at Buffalo, SUNY at Oneonta, Rochester Institute of Technology, Arizona State University, University of New Haven, Westminster College, and Clarkson College among others.
According to college counselor Jim Leppla, the event gains more and more interest every year. “For students who are new to the process, choosing a college can be daunting,” he explains. “This event has a casual atmosphere that helps students and visiting parents get over any initial anxiety they may have about talking to colleges. It is really good practice and they have a chance to meet many colleges in one sitting and on their home turf,” he said.
The mission of the college counseling program at The Storm King School is to educate and advise students, parents, and guardians on the American college experience. Our objective is to guide each student in selecting the most appropriate colleges or universities that match their talents and potential and to assist them during the application process. Storm King’s personalized approach to college counseling continues to prove its effectiveness year after year, with first and second-choice acceptances at an all-time high for the Class of 2018.