Ms. Young Interview
- How long have you been a college advisor?
For three years at Dominican.
2. What do you think is the most challenging part of the college search for a student?
Students trying to make decisions based on where they will fit in for the next four years when they are only 17 years old
- How do think the college search has changed since you were in high school?
It has become more competitive. There is more pressure on students choose the right college. There is a lot of pressure that students feel they need to get into the best schools. The pressure is bad.
- Do you think it is important to visit all colleges before applying to them? Why or why not?
Visits can go either way; you can visit colleges before applying to them or visit after being accepted. Pros and cons. Visiting schools can help decide where you are not interested in, or to see if the school would be a top school. Important to visit before attending, so you can know what campus life is like.
- About what percent of Dominican graduates go on to college?
Usually around 99 percent, last year, a few students did not go on to attending college, one student went to Broadway, another had an electrician apprenticeship, and one went to the US Navy.
- What are the top colleges that most Dominican students go?
There is a lot of people that stay in Wisconsin, large group goes to Marquette because of the similar feel of a private Catholic campus. Some people go across the country, which is an interesting pattern. The trend is that many people tend to stay closer to home.
- What did you study to be a School Counselor and a student advisor?
Studied undergrad at UW Madison and majored in journalism and communications. Worked for five years in advertising. Decided to change and went to school for masters at Mount Mary university to study counseling
- What college did you attend?
UW Madison undergrad and Mount Mary for masters.
- What do you enjoy most about your job?
Enjoy the interactions with the students, and the variation in the job. Whether it be dealing with students that have social or emotional problems, or teaching students about the college process. Favorite thing is at the end of the year to hear where students are getting in to college and hear where they decide to go.
- What is the most challenging part of your job?
Being pulled in so many directions. Handles college advising, social emotional issues with students. Difficult to go from a heavy need of a student to present in front of a class about the college process. A lot of different things. Any moment someone could walk into office and have a problem that needs addressing
- What was your experience in China like?
Very unique experience, got to do recruiting, and meet students’ parents and have meetings with the parents. Very cool to learn about the education life in China and how different it is in America.
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