After an extensive search, Walsingham Academy is excited to announce Chrissie Collett as the College Counselor. A Maryland native, Collett comes to Walsingham with over 6 years of experience in counseling students and their families. Mrs. Collett is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, where she was a Division I scholar and athlete. She went on to receive her master's degree from University of Maryland. She has collaborative experience working with college admissions offices and independent high school college counselors. Additionally, Chrissie has extensive counseling experience helping students and families navigate the unique NCAA requirements for student-scholars who wish to pursue their goals to play collegiately.
"I decided long ago that I would dedicate my life to serving students and families," says Chrissie Collett. "I am confident that my experience mentoring and counseling students has prepared me to facilitate the college application process in a way that provides both students and families with a positive and fruitful experience."
"Ultimately, college counseling requires a willingness to see and appreciate the potential of all students, no matter where they may eventually matriculate," says Chrissie Collett. "It is a commitment made by the counselor to provide the best guidance possible in helping students determine which college or university they would like to attend and counseling them to a successful outcome. It is a commitment I take very seriously. This is an exciting and transformative period in the lives of students and their families. I am passionate about forming and fostering strong working relationships to provide support, guidance, and advocacy as students navigate the college admissions process."
The 33 graduates in Walsingham's Class of 2015 received over $1.9 million in merit scholarships and awards and 91 college and university acceptances. Our student-scholars who desire to compete collegiately continue on to do so. In fact, while only 3% of high school students nationally continue on to play collegiately, 17% and 16% of Walsingham's student-athletes in the classes of 2014 and 2015 respectively continue their playing careers at the collegiate level.
"I have the utmost confidence that Mrs. Collett will not only build on the Walsingham tradition of excellence as a student advocate, but will nurture students' dreams and high aspirations in academics, athletics, and the arts, into real-life opportunities for personal and professional success," says Sister Mary Jeanne Oesterle, President of Walsingham Academy. "She has a passion and a true calling for shaping, guiding, and supporting young people and their families."
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