Thank you to all of the families who attended our events on April 22nd at the Clinton Inn Hotel and Event Center. Both events boasted our biggest turnout ever, making you a large part of MEK’s success! About 130 prospective college students and their parents came to the College Info Session to learn about the importance of personal statements, applications, and resumes. Meanwhile, 100 current 7th graders took simulation BCA admission tests while their parents attended seminars to learn about the magnet school application process!
Through all of our years of playing an active part in students’ futures, we got to know our exact role in guiding them to their goals. Testing tips and meeting guidelines is not enough. We are here to continually remind them of all the possible odds and outcomes that they could face on their journey to success. We are a motivating force that pushes them to prepare early. We reinforce the value of hard work to avoid making mistakes.
We are thankful that so many of you trust MEK Review with these important steps toward your futures. While high school and college admissions can be incredibly competitive, MEK knows what it takes to plan for and achieve your dreams.
At the BCA Test Event, our head counselor Mrs. Ann Ahn spoke about the different magnet schools in Bergen County. BCA, the Academies at Englewood, and Bergen Tech all have unique programs, so it is important to learn about each school before applying in the Fall. MEK encourages BCA Prep students to apply to all three schools to increase chances of acceptance. Students with an interest in STEM should especially consider applying to magnet schools.
We covered the application portal designed for online app submission, personal essays, letters of recommendation, and the admission tests which occur in January. Mr. Tony spoke about the varying skill levels of our BCA Prep students, as well as the math practice tests we use to help them succeed. Meanwhile, Ms. Sinno went through sample student essays for the writing portion of the exam. She stressed the importance of critical thinking, outside connections, a strong thesis, and maintaining proper essay structure.
Later in the evening, we had the College Info Session. Families arrived around 5 pm to get one-on-one time with representatives from Master Art Studio, the West Point Military Academy, Education and Future, and the Bergen County Debate Club. Each table gave pointers to strengthen applications during the admissions process. Our academic counselor, Ms. Brigitte Chang, discussed personal statement writing and selecting the best Common App prompt for you. Both Ms. Michelle Sinno and Ms. Brigitte Chang stressed the importance of relating the essay to your personal strengths and experiences. Using details to hook the reader is especially necessary.
Ms. Rhea Jang, our academic counseling service assistant coordinator, spoke about the factors you can and cannot control during the application process. Students have full control over exam scores, application essays, resumes, and GPAs. Meanwhile, they cannot control outside factors like legacy programs in colleges or letters of recommendation. However, maintaining positive relationships with your teachers and school administrators can ensure strong recommendations when the time comes.
Finally, creating a thread or common theme in your resume makes it more unified and impressive to admissions committees. We also covered creating a realistic college list. Setting reasonable goals based on your academic profile and selecting specific programs which encompass your career interests increases your chances of acceptance.
Overall, we believe both events were productive and exciting! We were happy to answer all of your questions regarding high school and college admissions. The next step is to schedule your meeting with an academic counselor to review your grades, test scores, and goals for the future.
Call us at (855) 346-1410 to schedule your consultation or register for a Summer 2017 program today!