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Sunday, October 26, 2014
HAFTR Highlights
Charting a course toward college
By Miriam Friedman
Miriam Friedman

For Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway (HAFTR) High School juniors, college is just around the corner. Most students are quite uncertain where they will be applying. The school’s April 17 College Fair was a big help.

The night began with a panel of six college admission representatives from Barnard, Baruch and Queens colleges, New York, Stony Brook and Yeshiva universities. Lyle Scott Wind from Stony Brook University moderated. Wind provided an excellent overview of the college admissions process. The panel then reviewed hypothetical applications from three HAFTR students, looking at the students’ transcripts, resumes, SAT/ACT scores, teacher recommendations, and personal statements. Each student had unique qualities, and each member on the panel discussed whether or not the student would be a good candidate for their university and why.

During the next phase of the program, students and parents had the opportunity to select three meetings (20 minutes each) to attend. At each, the university representative described campus life, tuition costs, and unique courses the school offers. With the chance to attend three different sessions, students were able to get a feel for college life; they really began to understand what specific characteristics — size, location, and private vs. public — they preferred.

Afterwards everyone proceeded to a large room where they had the opportunity to confer with any representative they wished. This experience was of unparalleled assistance to juniors who really did not know where to begin. It gave them direction, and helped them decide which college path they wanted to pursue. “Do I want a big school or a small school; city or urban? After tonight, I can give a more definitive answer. I now know what type of things I am going to look for in my quest to find the perfect college,” said one student.

Thank you to the HAFTR College Guidance office for arranging this worthwhile evening, which will assist students on their path to composing a list of appropriate college matches.

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