Darlington School: Darlington's college guidance team spotlighted in national admissions publication
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Darlington’s college guidance team spotlighted in national admissions publication

May 15, 2015 | 623 views

Darlington's Department of College Guidance has been featured in the spring issue of The Journal of College Admission. The academic journal is published quarterly by the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

The article, titled "Getting Schooled," was written by Peter Morgan, the outgoing director of college counseling at The Northwest School in Seattle. The author talks about the challenges that come with the college search and subsequent application process, and how it can be guided by the cultural norms of an international student's home country. 

The article first appeared in the NACAC Bulletin on Aug. 13, 2014. 

Morgan sought out the help of Darlington's Dean of College Guidance Sam Moss ('63) and Associate Dean of College Guidance Ivy Brewer for help with understanding the traditions of international students at college preparatory schools, to be better prepared to help guide their decisions for higher education.

"Darlington has been working with international students more than most schools, and that is why our colleagues call on us for our expertise," said Brewer. "Between our office there is 60 years of experience in college guidance, not including our 13 faculty advisors." 

Brewer serves on the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling's (SACAC) ad hoc committee for international students. In April, she joined Assistant Director of Boarding Admission Darla Betts and Director of ESL Tara Inman in a special presentation at the annual SACAC conference in Birmingham, Ala. The panelists presented to delegates on how to best serve the interests and needs of international students while also being culturally sensitive. 

"Many students, especially international students, can get wrapped up in the concept of going to a 'good college.' Every college is good, but the question is if it's good for you," said Brewer. "What we try to do in our program is to get our students more focused on the fit, not the ranking."

Moss and Brewer initially met the article's author through their respective involvement with SACAC, when Morgan worked in college guidance at Woodward Academy near Atlanta. Morgan will return to the South this summer to join the staff at the Atlanta International School.

"We are very fortunate in the college counseling profession to all have the same goal, which is to help our students find the right fit for college," added Brewer. "We share information with one another, and do what we have to do to help our kids."

Click here to read the original article in The Journal of College Admission.