Take good care,
Christina Dippold & Deisy Del Rio
Currently the College Counseling Department is meeting with students one-on-one using video-conferencing. Our seniors are facing special challenges during this time of uncertainty, having to complete their last year in high school while deciding on what college they should attend.
Seniors are looking for award letters, completing verification forms if it applies to them, working on scholarships, and attending virtual college visits. Last week we video-conferenced with a student who shared her screen with us, so we were able to guide her line-by-line to complete a verification form that was due at her college of choice. We’re making calls with the students; we are present on those call in order to advocate with them. This is something we would normally do with our students in person at school. It’s not ideal, but we are making it work given the circumstances. We are in constant contact with our college representatives as they too are supporting our students by providing us with innovative ideas.
Looking ahead, we are likely going to be reviewing award letters with families via tele-conference rather than our traditional in-person meetings. We’re preparing for every eventuality so we will be able to provide guidance throughout this difficult situation.
As you can imagine, many of our students are concerned about the uncertainty of their parents’ employment and the financial instability this might cause. This is a crucial time for our students – award letters, one-on-one meetings with families, and guidance on committing to schools of choice. We are adapting as the situation unfolds and we are comforted by the caring and dedicated CRSM staff and teachers who are also navigating this new situation.
Sharon Holdvogt & Lori Felix
Here at Alumni Support, we have had multiple calls with college age alumni to review and refine resumes and prepare for interviews. While the outlook for some internship and job opportunities for the summer are uncertain, it is critical to keep applying! We continue to work with area employers to understand their hiring needs. As a team, we are checking in with alumni to understand how the current situation is affecting them and their families and we continuously review and approve applications for assistance from the emergency fund. We are also connecting with outside organizations to learn about other resources in the community.
Our sense is that many of our alumni are settling into online learning and keeping up with their schoolwork. Most are more concerned about the loss of on-campus and work-study jobs as well as lost income at other employers. The situation is evolving as colleges determine whether they can pay work-study students.
While we do hear fear and stress in their voices, we also sense the grit that comes from the foundation they built at CRSM. We continuously remind them that this is not a permanent situation and their bright futures are not at all diminished by this economy. We are in this together.
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