College Essays: Choosing a Topic That’s Uniquely YOU

Posted on May 30th, 2019 by Allendale Columbia School

By Emily Nevinger 

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Emily Nevinger will be leading the workshop
Finding your Voice: Personal Statement, Supplemental Essays, and Common Application

Sunday, June 2nd
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Allendale Columbia School
What makes a college application essay stand out from the thousands of others? This event is open to to the public at a cost of $50/student. If you choose to partner with AC College Consulting after attending the workshop, you will receive a $50 credit towards your college advising package. Register here!

I’ve read about 15,000 college essays, so believe me when I tell you I’ve seen every topic under the sun. There are the essays I wish I could unread, too crude to even mention here, and essays from my early days as an admissions counselor that still stick with me today. There have been hilarious anecdotes, emotional tell-alls, and countless stories about making the winning goal as the game clock expired. I always appreciated the essays that would transport me from my neverending application reading days to the blissful land of high school seniors on the verge of greatness. From smiles and tears to questions about judgement, college essays have the potential to resonate with college admission counselors and impact your admission decision. (more…)

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Get Knowledge for College on March 19th

Posted on February 28th, 2019 by Allendale Columbia School

Allendale Columbia School’s Knowledge for College program, to be held on Tuesday, March 19th, 2019, in the Curtis Performance Center, 7-8 p.m., was created for families in grades 6-10 to provide an overview of the college search and application process and the College Advising program at AC. A panel of college admission counselors will be present to answer questions. AC families are welcome to bring friends from other school communities to this event.  Click here to RSVP.


Kristin Cocquyt

Kristin Cocquyt

Unlike most of our peer schools, we have a dedicated full-time college counselor. 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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Coffee Klatch for Parents of Juniors

Posted on January 30th, 2019 by Allendale Columbia School

Parents of 11th-grade students are invited to AC for an informal coffee klatch with College Advisor Kristin Cocquyt to answer questions and share in the excitement with fellow parents as you plan for your student’s college search and application process. In Mrs. Cocquyt’s experience, this is an especially timely opportunity for parents who are navigating the college search with a child for the first time.

The following Junior Parent Coffees will be offered for the Class of 2020:

  • Thursday, January 31st, 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Founders’ Lounge

  • Thursday, February 7th, 9-10 a.m. in the Dining Commons

RSVP here:

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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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