Ridley High School College Panel

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On Tuesday March 28th Ridley High School hosted a variety of colleges. The Ridley High School College Panel is an opportunity for students to gather information about attending colleges in Pennsylvania such as, Penn State University, Temple University, and The University of Delaware. The colleges invited were open to answer questions about admissions, student life, financial aid, and much more.

The colleges that attended discussed any questions students or parents may have had about admissions and preparations for college enrollment. The majority of the information covered at the event is about the application process. Many of the common college admission topics were covered such as, applying, average test scores, athletics, their perfect model student, and much more. “It is a great way for a student to be prepared for the process of applying for a college,” said Allison String, a guidance counselor and organizer of the event. Not only is the event important for students but also for parents. Parents are invited to collect information directly from the source to help get their children ready to apply for college.

Kyle Strazdus, a Junior who attended both last year’s and this year’s panel, said this, “The colleges want students who put their best foot forward and take the right steps to both apply for college and show colleges that they are a good fit for their university”. There are many factors that go into accepting the right students. The universities at the panel informed the students and parents that extracurricular activities are very important along with final grades, classes taken, and any honors achieved.

Although it is suggested that juniors attend the panel, there is nothing stopping sophomores or even freshmen from getting a head start on the college admissions process and hearing straight from the colleges what they are looking for in a student. Madison Ricker, a Senior at Ridley High School, attended the panel last year, she said, “I was very stressed about college I didn’t really know much about the process, it really helped me navigate and apply.” The event has helped many overwhelmed students clear things up and begin their admissions.

The Ridley High School College Panel was held on Tuesday, March 28 in the Ridley High School auditorium. All students from freshmen to seniors were encouraged to attend and also family members were invited to come and obtain important details straight from the people who know them best. Another panel will be held around the same time next year.

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