Applying to college can be a daunting task. As a former Miri Piri Academy student, I remember that process and how important the help I received from counselors at the school was at the time. As senior students here at MPA begin the process, we’re doing our best to help them along. On Friday we welcomed five deans from the Claremont Consortium of colleges. They were wrapping up a recruiting tour around India and wanted to meet our students. After a tour and lunch with principals Jugat Guru Singh and Kirandeep Kaur, they sat for an hour with our students to talk college admissions and college in general.
Students asked questions about the process like what it takes to catch an admissions counselor’s eyes. The deans all agreed that, especially with smaller school, admissions departments try to look at students holistically. Perhaps a student is not a great test taker, tests are not the end all be all of a student’s academic ambitions. The most important thing, they said, is for students to accurately represent themselves by displaying their passions and how they practice them. The deans also remarked that MPA students do so much! They already have lots to offer, which is attractive to schools who want to build diverse campuses with motivated students. The deans also expressed the importance of parent involvement in the application process for both technical reasons and to simply support the students.
Before bidding MPA farewell, some of our students tied head covers and turbans on the guests for their impending visit to the Golden Temple. They loved the turbans. Some of our students and our new Business Studies Teacher/College Counselor/MPA Graduate Amrit Kaur accompanied the deans to the Golden Temple, which yielded a lovely experience by all accounts.
I informally polled students after the meeting. Most of the students felt that they benefited from the experience, albeit, they now realized the kind of work they need to do to be successful applicants. As a former student, I was thrilled to be a part of the day’s proceedings. Until now, MPA grads have gone on to do great things, but it is great to see processes and programs being institutionalized to really support our kids in this often scary process.
MPA clearly left an impression on the deans, their guest book entries read:
“What an inspiring experience. Thank you for sharing your passion with me.”
Angel Perez, Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Pitzer College
“An amazing and uplifting visit. Thank You.”
Seth Allen, Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Pomona College
“Thank you for sharing your community with us.”
Georgette DeVers, Associate Vice President of Admission and Financial Aid, Claremont McKenna College
“Thank you for a wonderful afternoon. This is a remarkable community.”
Victoria Romero, Vice President for Enrollment, Scripps College
– Shabd Singh Khalsa