by Ian Fisher, former admissions officer at Reed College
Earlier this month, the team at Bright Horizons College Coach® partnered with the Studio Institute in New York City to bring college admissions and finance expertise to a group of talented high school students. These students are participants in the Bloomberg Arts Internship, which aims to provide meaningful professional experience, increase students’ exposure to the arts, improve their communication skills, and assist with the college application process. That’s where College Coach stepped in.
We delivered a pair of workshops to interns in two separate cohorts. Our team put together a curriculum that was modified to fit the needs of this particular population of students who come from diverse backgrounds throughout New York City and are interested in careers in the performing and visual arts. Preparing College Applications introduced participants to the components of the college application, while Paying for College highlighted many approaches to funding higher education.
Perhaps our favorite part of this program was our small group “hangouts.” In the era of COVID-19, we were unable to be on the ground with students, so we brought our experts right to them: five of our team members connected with a group of five students each, talking them through their specific questions and helping to support their higher education goals.
As the program came to a close, College Coach offered a complementary Q&A session for the students and their parents, bringing the whole family into the conversation and helping them to navigate the challenges that will be presented this coming fall. While COVID-19 certainly challenged our ability to get this program delivered, it also gave us the opportunity to bring more than half a dozen experts right to this population of students, a win for the Bloomberg Arts Institute and for College Coach.
We are thankful to Bloomberg Philanthropies for their contribution to this programming and for their ongoing support of the Studio Institute.