Darlington School: College Boot Camp
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College Boot Camp

August 20, 2019 | 225 views

At Darlington, the first day of your senior year is spent in College Boot Camp, a day-long workshop that gives our students a head start in the college admission process. 

To begin the morning, seniors meet with their college advisors and turn in their completed Common Application, a printed copy of their resume, and a list of colleges to which they plan to apply. After doughnuts and catching up with friends, they hear from a panel of visiting deans and directors of admission from colleges and universities from across the country. 

After the full group session, it’s time for everyone to attend break-out sessions led by the visiting college admission representatives. These sessions cover everything from essay writing and financial aid to making the most of campus visits and transitioning from high school to college. 

By the end of the day, our seniors have a strong grasp on what is involved in the college application process and have had the opportunity to ask questions and explore their options. This wouldn’t be possible without the involvement of our special guests, who not only participate in a Q & A panel but lead all of the break-out sessions. 

Many thanks to this year’s special guests: 

Taylor Baird – Assistant Director of Admission, Sewanee: The University of the South
Robert Barkley – Assistant to Associate Vice President of Enrollment, Clemson University
Danny Barrow – Director of Admission, Louisiana State University
Jason Black – Dean of Admission, Samford University 
Ramon Blakley – Director of Recruitment, University of Texas at Austin
Melinda DeMaria – Senior Associate Director of Admissions, University of Georgia
Rick Funk – Director of Admissions, University of Alabama
Zaire McCoy – Director of Admission, Rollins College
Carol Morris – Regional Director of Admissions, Southern Methodist University
Lauren Sefton – Senior Associate Director of Admission, Rhodes College
Mary Tipton Woolley – Senior Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Georgia Tech

 

Watch the video below and hear from three seniors as they share about their experience at this year's College Boot Camp.