Press Release 2/15/19

(Kent, Connecticut) – This spring and summer the Kent Memorial Library will be hosting a series of workshops about College Planning led by an expert College Advisor with past admission experience. Any student or parent who needs information about these four areas of the college admission process (making the right match, making a personal time line, writing the college essay, packaging yourself for college admission) should attend. This will be a hands on workshop, so bring a laptop or tablet if you have one.

The Kent Memorial Library is pleased to announce Dr. Carla Shere a college advisor and past admission officer with over 30 years of experience, will share her tips about the college process. The College Planning Workshop Series is relevant for those currently in 9th-12th grade, and students will leave each workshop with a finished product (a list of characteristics for colleges, a personal time line to follow, an essay outline and a start to an essay, an idea of their best attributes to highlight for colleges). The dates of the workshop series are as follows:

Saturday, March 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. REGISTER

Early College Awareness This workshop is ideal for 8th and 9th grade students and families.  We will discuss using your high school years effectively with regard to academics, activities, volunteering, and what to do on weekends and during the summers.  Some questions we will discuss include:

  • What do I need to be doing in high school to be prepared for college?
  • Do you activities match with your interests?
  • To work or not to work?
  • When should test prep start?
  • What classes should I take in high school?
  • Is too early to talk about financing college?
  • Questions and Answers

Saturday, March 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. REGISTER

Characteristics of Colleges and Making the Right Match This workshop is ideal for 9th-11th grade students and families. We will discuss how to decide what characteristics are important to individual students and how to start thinking about characteristics and making the right match when deciding where to apply.  Some characteristics we will discuss include:

  • Self-Assessment
  • Discuss College Characteristics including the differences between private and public colleges/universities, majors, financial aid/scholarships, etc.
  • What Characteristics are Important to Me?
  • How to make the right match
  • Questions and Answers

Thursday, May 9 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. REGISTER

Personal Time Line for the College Process and What Admission Committees Look For in Applicants This workshop is ideal for 9th-11th grade students and families.  We will discuss what the time link for the college application process looks like (it starts earlier than you may think!) and what college admission officers look for as they review their case load of applications.  Some topics we will discuss include:

  • Review of Appropriate College Time Line 9th-12th Grade
  • Plan Personal College Time Line
  • What You Can do Now for the College Process
  • Using Your Summer Effectively
  • What Makes an Application Complete
  • Positively Present Yourself to the Admission Committee
  • Requesting Recommendations and Visiting Colleges
  • Questions and Answers

The workshops are free and open to the public. Please call the Library to register 860.927.3761, sign-up in the Library or online. Seating is limited.

Carla Shere’s career has spanned over 30 years in the area of admission and college advising. She has worked in five NYC public high schools, currently at Brooklyn Technical High School which sends 100% of their seniors to college, as well as various Community Based Organization’s such as The Riverside Church, the New York Junior Tennis League and New York City Housing Authority. She has also worked internationally as the Regional Director of College Counseling at Enreach in Shanghai, China where she advised Chinese students desiring to attend university abroad. Carla is very involved both locally and nationally in professional organizations, primarily in the area of access to higher education, and has published numerous articles, presented at several conferences, and held many leadership positions.

She has been awarded the John B. Muir award for her research and published articles titled “The Case for Transformation” and “New Directions for Thought and Practice” from the National Association for College Admission Counseling. She has also been awarded the Gregory D. Goldsmith Human Relations award from the New York Association for Admission Counseling and the Award of Excellence from the College Access Consortium New York. Carla received a doctorate from Teachers College where her dissertation research involved an ethnographic study where she lived on campus at the University of Delaware and focused on the transition of high school students to college.