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Press Release 2/29/16 (Kent, Connecticut) – This spring 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. These will be hands-on workshops, so bring a laptop or tablet if you have one.

Your instructor, Dr. Carla Shere, Ed.D., 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 9-12 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, April 9
11:00 a.m to 12:30 p.m.    Characteristics of Colleges and Making the Right Match
Discuss College Characteristics including the differences between private and public colleges/universities, majors,  financial aid/scholarships, etc.
What Characteristics are Important to Me?
Questions and Answers

Saturday, April 23
11:00 a.m to 12:30 p.m.    Personal Time Line for the College Process
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
Questions and Answers

Saturday, May 7
11:00 a.m to 12:30 p.m.    The College Application Essay
College Essay Exercise
What Elements Make an Appropriate College Essay
How To Select a College Essay Topic
Questions and Answers

Saturday, May 14
11:00 a.m to 12:30 p.m.    What Admission Committees Look For
What Makes an Application Complete
Positively Present Yourself to the Admission Committee
Requesting Recommendations and Visiting Colleges
Questions and Answers

Carla Shere’s career has spanned 30 years in the area of admission and college advising. She has worked in four NYC public high schools as Director of College Planning 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.

The workshops are held from 11:00 a.m to 12:30 p.m and are free & open to public. Please register. For more information, call 860-927-3761 or go to kentmemoriallibrary.
The Kent Memorial Library’s mission is to enrich the lives of individuals and the community by providing materials, programs, and services to encourage reading, learning and imagination.  The Library is located at 32 North Main Street, Kent, Connecticut. Visit for more information.