Home » Admission Counselor Voices

Category Archives: Admission Counselor Voices

Categories

How to get into Juniata College

Kat Swantak
Kat Swantak, Assistant Dean of Admission

Don’t you just love the fall? The foliage is colorful, the air is brisk, and the crippling stress of college application deadlines are all around us.

Well, maybe the third one isn’t so great given November is prime time for many Early Decision and Early Action deadlines for colleges across the country. Even Juniata’s Early Decision deadline is November 15. Don’t worry though, our first Early Action deadline is December 1, so you have plenty of time to apply afterward. 

With college application season in full swing, one question we consistently hear from prospective students in our admission office is:

“How do I get into Juniata?”

(more…)

Questions on the Quad: Admissions Edition with Claire | Student Vlog

Juniata Admission
Juniata Admission

Watch Claire Alfree ’22 and Assistant Dean of Admissions, Kat Swantak, test Juniata students to see how much they know about Juniata College’s admission process. Claire’s vlogs focus on asking current Juniata students and community members questions on The Quad.

 

Time is Money: Advancing Your Career in an Expedited Fashion

Wei-Chung Wang
Dr. Wei-Chung Wang, Associate Professor of Business and Economics

Time is money, literally. Juniata College recently launched a four-year, two-degree business program that aims at helping business professionals hit the ground running and reach their career goals faster. With the program, students are expected to obtain both a bachelor’s degree in Business and an MBA at the end of their four-year journey at Juniata College, a nationally ranked liberal arts college.

The Importance of Credentialing

In my 20 years of professional experience, I’ve witnessed how credentialing plays a critical role in career advancement. When I worked at a Big Four accounting/consulting firm, I saw many colleagues lose out on the promotion opportunities because they did not have an advanced degree in hand. Some of these folks chose to enroll in MBA programs while working full time, spending weekday nights and weekends to finish course requirements. Some were able to finish the degrees in two to five years, at the cost of their physical, mental health, or even family time; while others failed to complete the programs simply because they were not able to strike the work-school-life balance. Some chose to quit their jobs and studied full time, but they would be risking their already-established career trajectory. The struggle takes place over and over again.  

(more…)

17 Office gifs that show that the struggle is real when writing your college essay

Kat Swantak
Kat Swantak, Assistant Dean of Admission

It’s July, and while no one really knows how college admissions going to work in the fall, you could be using this time to gear up for working on those college apps. While applications aren’t live yet, one thing you can do is work on your essay. I get it, it’s not exactly the most fun thing to do, but you’ll be so happy you did come fall! To get you started, here are some gifs from The Office that will make you say “I feel that” once you’re done.

1. When you’ve finally made the decision  to start working on your college essay

(more…)

A big shout out to all the school counselors out there

Kat Swantak
Kat Swantak, Assistant Dean of Admission

Can we just take a moment to give a huge round of applause to all the hardworking school counselors out there?

This year has been absolutely bonkers when it comes to getting students ready for college. As if applying to college wasn’t hard enough, COVID-19 put a huge wrench in the process. No, wait. I take that back, make that like 10 wrenches. Heck toss a screwdriver and a hammer in there too. Every year, standardized testing policies change, application deadlines get extended, and lists or requirements grow longer. But what stays consistent is the true dedication school counselors have to their students’ success.

If you’re a school counselor, thank you. I can’t even count how many calls I’ve had with you to advocate for your students that happen after school hours or even over the weekend. I can’t imagine how huge your caseload is, yet I always see you make time for your students. You field emails from stressed students and parents on Saturdays, and you assure them that colleges actually did receive your their scores even though they may have received an email saying we haven’t.

(more…)