College Admissions for Non-Traditional Students. Thursday, April 6, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The college application process can be confusing, and even more so for students whose high school learning has followed a non-traditional path. Barbara Rapaport, an independent college counselor specializing in advising homeschooled and performing arts students, will demystify the admissions process for non-traditional students.

Barbara Rapaport is an independent college counselor based in Princeton Junction. She is a community representative for the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) and is the HECA 2016 National Conference co-chair. She is the co-chair of the Performing Arts Special Interest Group of the National Association for College Admission Counseling and a member of the New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling and the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling.

Barbara holds a BA in American studies from Barnard College of Columbia University and earned a post graduate certificate in college counseling, with distinction, from UCLA. She is the founder of Rapaport Consulting, a college advising practice dedicated to helping students identify and successfully apply to their “best fit” colleges.

Holly Bull: What is a Gap Year? Is it right for your student? Wednesday, April 19, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

This session will define the gap year option, outline the overall benefits and latest research, and specifically address why a gap year is particularly effective and beneficial for students with different learning styles. The different types of gap year program options will also be covered as well as current available resources. Sample student scenarios will illustrate typical gap years.

Holly Bull is one of the original interim students. When her father, Cornelius Bull, founded the Center for Interim Programs in 1980, she was inspired to take a gap year before college. She followed up on interests in marine biology and Greece and split her year into volunteering at an aquaculture research institute in Hawaii and attending an academic cultural study program in Greece. She came away with a finer appreciation for learning for its own sake without the pressure of tests and grades, and the realization that she did not want to be a marine biologist.

After two years of college, Holly took a second gap year to travel in India and Nepal, attend a semester program in Athens, and engage in service work in Appalachia. Following her B.A. in anthropology at the University of Virginia, she joined her father in his work at Interim and began counseling students through their own gap-year experiences. For two years, she also directed the U.S. office for her original program in Greece.

In 1994 Holly completed her master’s in education at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and continued her counseling work at Interim. Since then she has interspersed her counseling with travel to visit programs in Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, Europe, and Turkey. She has also attended a number of two to four-week programs: a wilderness survival skills school, a humpback whale research project, dude ranch work, and a yoga teacher training course.

To date, Holly has placed more than 1,000 individuals in programs in the 20+ years that she has been counseling students (and adults) through the gap-year process.

Holly is based in the Princeton office.

Steve LeMenager and Ted de Villafranca of Edvice Princeton present College Admissions for All: Your best chance for finding the right school and being accepted. Wednesday, May 3, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Applying to college can be a challenging experience. Give yourself a leg up! This workshop will cover the entire process including finding the right program that best suits your needs and submitting the perfect application that will get you the best chance of acceptance.

Edvice Princeton is an international educational consulting firm committed to helping students and their families navigate the complexities of admission processes.

We advise for application to independent day and boarding schools, undergraduate colleges and universities and selected graduate programs. We believe that educational decisions matter.

The team at Edvice Princeton represents more than 50 years of experience and collective wisdom of professionals who have done the job on both sides of the admission aisle and at all levels of selectivity for secondary schools and colleges/universities. We know kids. We know schools. We know colleges.

Fusion Academy Princeton, 116 Stanhope Street, Princeton Forrestal Village. 609-919-9193. www.fusionacademy.com.

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