Workshop helps GHS seniors succeed

In its efforts to keep its college-bound students poised for success, Greenwich High School offered a five-week College Application Workshop over the summer.

During July and early August, former GHS guidance counselor Susan Batcheller offered the informational course on completing the college application. Her course offered a unique opportunity for attendees to complete their college essays before the beginning of senior year, as this is one of the most time consuming aspects of the application process.

Although the focus of the workshop was on completion of college essays and supplements, Ms. Batcheller said she wanted to make sure that her attendees were prepared for their complete applications — including the college interview. She wants her students to realize that the interview offers the only one-on-one, face-to-face contact individuals are able to have with schools to which they have applied.

The interview write up is included in an applicant’s file and, without one, an applicant’s persona can fall through the cracks, according to Ms. Batcheller.

Ms. Batcheller was able to identify Greenwich based CIC — College Interview Counselors — to address her students on this personal and significant element of the college arena. The instructor and her students learned that contrary to widely held beliefs that the college admissions interview is merely a formality and does not hold weight in the application file, the interview can, in fact, make the difference in a candidate’s ability to gain admittance to the schools of their choice. CIC’s research reveals that a surprising number — more than 94% of the top 75 colleges and more than 88% of the top 25 universities — offer admissions interviews.

Ms. Batcheller and her students greatly appreciated the insights offered by CIC and feel better equipped to prepare for the interview as part of their application.

“Kyrie Stillman and her partner, Peggy Marx, of College Interview Counselors (CIC), gave a terrific presentation about the importance of the college interview to my students in Greenwich High School’s “College Workshop” summer school class,” Ms. Batcheller said. “CIC’s role play of both a poor and very good interview helped my students understand exactly what components are needed to give a successful interview — everything from appropriate body language to all of the topics the students must be ready to discuss during the interview. My students came away from the workshop with the information needed to prepare an excellent college interview.”

Continuing into the fall, CIC has been asked to present its workshop at the JCC of Scarsdale and other Connecticut/New York locations. The JCC event takes place on the mornings of Oct. 6 and 20 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This particular event is open to the public and registration can be made by contacting [email protected]

Refer to CIC’s website,, to read more about individual and workshop services or contact Founders Peggy Marx, [email protected] or 203-912-7892, and/or Kyrie Stillman.

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