Character Counts! Why Courage, Creativity, and Collaboration Matter in Coll...

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When applying to college, students and parents understand the role of grades, course rigor, and standardized testing. An increasingly important element is Social and Emotional Learning. In this presentation, you’ll learn how SEL distinguishes itself from academic factors and why even the most selective of colleges place an immense value on empathy, ethical behavior, and engagement with others. We will discuss this in relation to course selection, extracurricular activities, and building a smart college list. There will also be practical advice for students who are seeking to understand themselves better and portray the most authentic version of themselves in their applications.

Background on the speaker, Arun Ponnusamy:
Chief Academic Officer and Managing Partner of Collegewise

Arun Ponnusamy is based out of Los Angeles as the Chief Academic Officer of Collegewise, America’s largest educational consulting company. Since 1999, Collegewise has helped more than 24,000 high school students through the college admissions journey. With his admissions experience at three highly selective universities (UCLA, Caltech, UChicago—also his alma mater), he has personally guided hundreds of students on their journey to college and spoken to thousands more students, parents, and educators at high schools, conferences, and community organizations around the United States and world. As an admissions officer, he evaluated the files of over 7,500 high school seniors and read approximately 20,000 college essays. Arun is also a frequent media contributor, including USA Today, The Washington Post, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, as well as local and national television—though his mom is most proud of his NPR and Inside Edition appearances.

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