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Posted on Monday, February 13, 2017
I am constantly reminded of just how extraordinary Breck students are. Recent weeks found our students hosting Special Olympics, competing interscholastically, practicing instruments, prepping for competitions, serving others, doing homework, and many other endeavors. It’s a wonder just how much Breck students accomplish. These commitments coupled with the lingering winter weather can cause some angst to develop this month.  This is always an exciting time of year for the College Counseling...
Posted on Sunday, February 12, 2017
Scheduling Juniors should discuss scheduling for next year with their college counselor prior to the March Upper School Conferences. This should provide a template for your conversation with your advisor. The goal of a senior year schedule is to maximize the balance of challenge and success, revealing the breadth and depth of your child’s interests and abilities, and to reflect strengths in areas of interest. Coffee Talks with Parents of Juniors Want to register for other AP exams?...
Posted on Saturday, February 11, 2017
College Counselor Assignments and First Meetings College Counselor assignments were sent to families in December. Many sophomores have already met with their college counselor for preliminary discussions on scheduling and testing. If your family needs to find out their college counselor, please contact Nancy Dohr in the College office. Grades 9-10 Student Parent College Counseling Meeting On Wednesday, February 1, many families joined us for our annual Grades 9-10 Student Parent College...
Posted on Friday, February 10, 2017
Grade 9-10 Student Parent College Counseling Meeting On Wednesday, February 1, many families joined us for our annual Grades 9-10 Student Parent College Counseling Meeting. Chris Ellertson, Vice President for Enrollment at Lake Forest College, Chris George, St. Olaf’s Dean of Admissions, and other members of the Breck community joined us for a series of conversations on a variety of topics. It was a great night to learn how artists and athletes can optimize their process and as well as how...
Posted on Friday, February 3, 2017
January 2017 | Waiting is the hardest part....” Many of us enjoyed this Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tune in the early '80s and now our seniors are feeling the truth in these lyrics. As hard as our seniors have worked to get to this point, the next few months can feel like an eternity. And, that there’s nothing left to be completed. All the essays have been written, the standardized tests taken, the applications submitted. However, now is the time to revisit the college list once more as...
Posted on Thursday, February 2, 2017
January 2017 | Now that the New Year is upon us, the college process will begin accelerating rather quickly for many students. Thank you for everyone who attended our program on January 4 and for making the evening a success. The first conversations with counselors will center on a testing plan and scheduling and the concluding conversations we will have heading into the summer will involve creating a balanced college list. There is a lot that will happen between now and then. The process...
Posted on Thursday, February 2, 2017
January 2017 | Every sophomore should have received his/her counselor assignment last month. Should you have not received your counselor assignment, please contact the College Counseling Office. Developing a relationship is an essential step in creating a successful college process. Many students may wish to meet with their college counselor the first time without parents. However, the college office welcomes parents! The best way to schedule an appointment is to contact Nancy Dohr (763/381-...
Posted on Thursday, February 2, 2017
January 2017 | With a semester fully under your belt, it is time to reflect on the first semester. What went well? What are areas of improvement? Are the subjects or activities that you would like to learn more about? While the college process is still years away, such questions and reflections can allow you to take steps that can put you on a path towards success. It is important to end the year on a high note; with the slate wiped clean in classes and opportunities for involvement...

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