Annual senior-parent college night goes virtual tonight


Frances Montevilla

Class of 2022 alumna Gaby Alarcon attended an applying to college workshop. Events like this are currently being held virtually.

On Oct. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m., there will be a virtual meeting for both seniors and their parents to listen in and ask any questions on the process of applying for college.

“I don’t know much about financial aid at the moment, so I hope I am able to learn more about that and how to apply,” senior Novera Hasnat said.

All seniors should have received an email with the Google Meet link attached to it. The event will begin with a welcome from Director of Student Services Erik Healey, PTSA President Norma Foti, College and Career Center Specialist Princess Brown, and Counselors Mark Vitelli, Cheryl Kim, and Fabiola Alba.

There will then be five presentations, where each presenter will have 15 minutes to present and five minutes to answer questions.

“I am excited. We have an Admissions Representative that will talk about what they look for on applications, Northern Virginia Community College Representatives, Financial Aid Manager, and the Year Up program,” Brown said.

Applying for college is undoubtedly a nerve wracking experience, especially with the current circumstances.

However, although Annandale High School has been participating in at-home learning full time, Brown assures the students that “applying to college during COVID-19 will not be harder, just different.”

“My advice for Annandale students applying for college is create a list of your top five schools,” Brown said. “Research those schools so that you know their deadlines, scholarships they offer, and the school’s financial expectations. These three things are the most important factors in making your final decisions.”

More virtual programming will be coming soon to help seniors with the college application process.