College Application Bootcamp

On the morning of Saturday, October 19th, seniors and Post-Graduates at Western Reserve Academy attended a College Application Boot Camp. Held in the Ong Library from 9am to 11:30am, this required session gave students the opportunity to work on their college applications and receive feedback on their applications from industry professionals. Along with WRA’s Thomas Adams-Wall and Suzanne Walker Buck, representatives from Oberlin College, John Carroll University, Ithaca College, Case Western Reserve University, Kenyon College, the College of Wooster and Allegheny College were at the boot camp to meet with students.

The morning came as a relief to many WRA students, who were facing the looming November 1st deadline for Early Decision and Early Action applications. While applying early is by no means required, it has become the norm for many college hopefuls, and Reserve students are no exception. For instance, of Mrs. Nataupsky’s 40 college counseling students, an astounding 37 applied early. Furthermore, 41 of the 119 Senior/PG class members applied Early Decision, a type of application wherein the student must attend that specific university if accepted.

As for the boot camp itself, Ellie Frato Sweeney said that “it’s always helpful to have designated times to work on stuff, but I’ve already submitted most of my applications, so I can’t say I was the most productive person that morning. I spent my time writing my article for the Reserve Record, which you should go read on page 2!” On the other hand, some students found the meetings with college experts to be immensely helpful. Noah Luch said his meeting with Mrs. Buck “helped [him] look more concretely at [his] Reserve experience and how that relates to [his] life outside of high school.” Personally, I spent my meeting with Mr. Manuel Carballo of Oberlin College going through a final draft of my Common Application and supplemental essays to Stanford University, receiving insightful feedback on how my essays, grades, and test scores would be evaluated by the highly selective California school. In the end, it appears that, like many moments at WRA, each student got out of the experience what he or she individually put into it.

-Zachary Zelman ’20

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