Jessica from Washingtonville, New York

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A Signature College Counseling Washingtonville, NY, Orange County Area Success Story

Jessica was a straight A student in high school, diligent, bubbly, friends with many, and completely into dance, music and theater. She was unsure what she wanted to major in (which is completely fine for anyone who is 17 years old!) but knew she wanted to be surrounded by the arts and continue her passion, in an extracurricular forum, through her college years. Although there wasn’t a B to be found on her transcript, math and science were not her favorite subjects. She was selected to participate in the Chamber Singers, which she had to audition for, and had a flair for the Spanish language. She was accepted into several national honor societies and was selected for Area All State Choir and All County Chorus.

A Packed Activities Resume

Jessica was involved in so many activities, but athletics was not one of them. She specifically said that being part of a community that focuses on athletics wasn’t going to be for her. She certainly wasn’t against it, but her athletic ability was the polar opposite of her artistic talents. Jessica was heavily involved in the high school’s drama club, not only performing as a vocalist and actor, but designing and creating costumes for the cast and being Treasurer, managing the club’s funds. She also assisted within the community in the Tri-M Music Honor Society and also in the local playhouse being part of the various shows they performed. In addition, she was selected to be a vocalist in the all-women’s choir (Jubilate) and took vocal lessons at the New Windsor Music Academy. You would think she had little time for anything other than her studies and her arts activities, but that wasn’t the case. During COVID, she founded the Remote Mentor/Tutoring Program, pairing local elementary students with high school honors students to assist with their schoolwork and challenges with remote learning.

Jessica’s College Wish List

Jessica wanted to be within a 4-6 hour distance from home and attend a smaller to mid-size school that had an artistic community she could be involved in. She wanted an environment that was collaborative and had a surrounding town that was accessible and offered enough of a variety of eateries and shops where she could spend some of her spare time with friends. She also was not opposed to being in an urban environment surrounded by a hustling, bustling city.

Ideal Schools for Jessica

Jessica’s range of schools included:

• Muhlenberg College – Allentown, PA
• Franklin & Marshall College – Lancaster, PA
• Elon, Emory, and University of Richmond – which were down south and outside her 6 hours radius
• Ithaca College – Ithaca, NY
• George Washington University in the heart of DC
• Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY
• American University in DC

Jessica applied to all of the above schools and made the choice to apply to Franklin and Marshall College Early Decision, which is binding (if she got accepted she would need to attend). She fell in love with the vibe of the student body and the collaborative environment that the school exuded. The question would be, could she get in?

The End Result

When the Early Decision admissions decision for Franklin & Marshall was released, Jessica was accepted! She had already received acceptances from Ithaca and Elon and the remaining schools she needed to rescind her application, which is what anyone who is accepted through Early Decision needs to do (it releases a spot for another worthy student to gain acceptance). Jessica is in her sophomore year and loving every moment. She could not be happier with her decision!

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