Alumni Discuss College Life (2018)

Posted on January 11th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

By Kristin Cocquyt, AC College Advisor

On Thursday, January 4th, over 20 Allendale Columbia alumni from the classes of 2014-2017 enjoyed an afternoon back on campus for the annual College Life Program. A joint effort between the College Advising Office and the Alumni Office, this annual tradition welcomes back recent alumni for an opportunity to reconnect with friends, faculty, and staff and to share their words of wisdom about their college experiences with Upper School students during a panel discussion.

This year’s panelists included Samantha Bilinski ’16 (RIT), Yasmine Kangbeya ’17 (Northeastern University), Ethan Kennedy ’14 (Cornell University), Nicole Salpini ’17 (Syracuse University), and Xinyuan “Tom” Yi ’16 (University of Rochester).  The top three tips from our panelists to our Upper School students:

  1. Don’t stress during the college process. Even if you do not get into your first-choice college, it will all be OK.
  2. Sit towards the front of a lecture hall…even if there are 300 other students in there!
  3. Read your textbooks and go to class (set a double alarm for those early-morning labs, too!).


Kristin Cocquyt

Kristin Cocquyt

Unlike most of our peer schools, we have a dedicated full-time college advisor. Kristin Cocquyt's primary focus is to support, guide, and advise AC students on their college search and application process. She has been in the field of education for 13 years and has visited over 160 colleges, giving her a solid basis for recommending colleges that are great matches for our students. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Policy from Hamilton College and is a member of both the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling and the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

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AC's College Advisor Shares Tips for Enjoying Your Summer Wisely

Posted on March 25th, 2014 by klapa

On Friday, March 21, Kristin Merriman, AC’s College Advisor, gave an Upper School Mini Assembly on “Enjoying Your Summer Wisely.” The summer months are an excellent time for Upper School students to continue to pursue meaningful activities ranging from volunteer experiences or summer college programs to part-time work experiences or career shadowing opportunities. Upper School students are encouraged to pursue at least one meaningful experience (or more!) every summer because these experiences will be assets both in the college search and college application process. Students are encouraged to plan ahead and to consider all of the resources available here in Rochester and possibly beyond. Click here to view the presentation; Ms. Merriman is happy to help students brainstorm possible meaningful activities for the summer and has resources in her office for families to use.

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Class of 2013's College Choices and Gap Year Plans

Posted on May 13th, 2013 by Tony Tepedino

We are very pleased to share the Class of 2013’s college choices and gap year plans!  Members of the Class of 2013 are off to a diverse list of colleges and universities across the United States – from Colorado and Texas, to Missouri and Florida to right here in Rochester! This year’s college list reflects the variety of academic interests and individual personalities of the senior class. Our seniors intend to pursue majors across disciplines from fine arts and music to physics and biomedical engineering and just about everything in between! Congratulations to the Class of 2013 for all of your accomplishments, including your collective $2,000,000 in four-year academic scholarships! We know our graduates are off to great places to do great work and will carry with them the skills they developed and values they cultivated here at AC!

Morgan Broberg – LeTourneau University
Joshua Buttars – Furman University
Gloria Colaprete – Rochester Institute of Technology
Chloe du Plessis – Roberts Wesleyan College
D. Richard Faraone – Alfred University
Omar Franceschi – Cazenovia College
Emma Holloway – University of Michigan – Honors Program
David Jarrell – University of Southern California
Fei Yu “Tommy” Jin – The University of Iowa
Yong Hwan “James” Jin – Returning to South Korea
Minsoo “Brian” Kim – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – FL
Eric Lasser – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – FL
Natalie Lichtenstein – Nazareth College
Dongze “Peter” Lu – Washington University in St. Louis
Yifei “Fei” Ma – Colorado College
Forest Melcher – Guilford College
Brian Miers – University of Rochester
Tierney Nash – Hampshire College
Michael Patterson – Rochester Institute of Technology
Sarah Price – Monroe Community College
Charles Quatela – University of Wisconsin, Madison
John Queenan – University of Rochester
Rachel Redhead – Cornell University
Deja Robinson – Columbia University
Sonya Sial – The Pennsylvania State University
Ole Johan Talberg – Returning to Norway to complete high school
Matthew van Niekerk – University of Rochester
Xihui “Katherine” Wang – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Jong Pil “JP” Woo – University of Rochester

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