Chrissie Collett has been hired as Walsingham Academy’s new college counselor.
Collett graduated from Pennsylvania State University and went on to receive her master’s degree from the University of Maryland. She has more than six years of counseling experience.
She has experience working on both sides of the college application process due to her time spent working in both college admissions offices and high schools.
“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,” Collett said.
Due to her own background as a collegiate athlete, Collett has particular expertise in working with student-athletes who hope to pursue sports in college. Sixteen percent of the school’s 2015 graduates will continue their playing careers at the collegiate level.
This makes her an especially good fit for Walsingham, as 16 percent of student-athletes in the classes of 2015 plan to continue their playing careers at the collegiate level, according to a recent press release.
“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,” said Sister Mary Jeanne Oesterle, the school’s president.
Collett’s passion for counseling stems from her commitment to seeing the potential in all students.
“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,” she said.
CWA, a College of William & Mary program founded by two retired educators 25 year ago, promotes a more relaxed approach to continued education through its offering of engaging, low-pressure courses on a variety of subjects.
The program, which relies entirely on volunteers to lead the classes and seminars, began with an initial enrollment of just of 100 students. Last year that number was up to 1,400.
This fall, CWA plans to continue to offer classes and seminars in such varied subjects as history, creative writing, computers, philosophy and foreign language.
Additional offerings include the “Town and Gown” series of special guest lecturers and special event trips for an additional charge.
Admission is open to any adult who is able to take daytime classes, and tuition for a semester is $100. Interested parties can request a catalogue and register here.