Monday, February 24th the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce held a college admissions seminar at Greenwich Library to provide useful information to local parents and students so that they can feel better equipped to start the application process.
"We want to give back to our members and the residential community as much education as possible so that they are armed out in the business community," said Marcia O'Kane, Executive Director of the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Paul Lowe from Greenwich Admissions Advisors spoke on how college applications have changed from the past, citing that it is now a global competition.
"Students locally, especially in the suburbs, have to understand that they are competing with students from Brazil, Russia, China, India, and Africa, whose parents are seeking to help their students get into the top-tier schools," said Dr. Paul Lowe, Managing Director and owner of Pinnacle Education Admissions Advisors and Greenwich Admissions Advisors.
To help ease some anxiety, Dr. Lowe suggests that students start the application process as early as possible.
"If you wait until the summer of your Junior year to start the application it's kind of late," said Dr. Lowe. "One should start, I think, as soon as the summer of the Freshman year to sort of gauge college admissions."
But as students embark upon the college admissions process, Dr. Lowe strongly suggests that they apply to colleges where they feel a true connection.
"Students should apply to schools that they love, not necessarily if its a reach school, because college admissions is such a competitive race," said Dr. Lowe.
For individualized information about how to start the college admissions process, speak with your school's guidance counselor.