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College Counseling

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College Counseling at Emma Willard School focuses on guiding students to a college or university that complements their interests, aspirations, abilities, and personal sense of community. We educate, counsel, guide, support, and advocate for students throughout their college search, guided by Frank Sachs’ philosophy that “college is a match to be made, not a prize to be won.” 

Our commitment to inclusion and belonging affirms each student’s identity. We believe college fit is closely linked to a student’s sense of self, so we work with students to support their personal exploration of goals, strengths, interests, and values. This work begins in their first year and continues throughout their time at Emma Willard. As college counselors we listen, ask probing questions, and get to know each individual in order to provide unique guidance, meeting each student where they are to  support their growth through the college process.

Director of College Counseling Dr. Ashley L. Bennett advises a student in the Academics Suite
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Timeline by Grade Year

The college search is about knowing yourself and what opportunities are available. College Counselors work with individual students and in groups to teach the skills of self reflection through considering each student's strengths, values and interests, along with their current and future goals. This work is woven through each year of the EWS experience. They become students of themselves, as well as of the world.

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Meet College Counseling

Dr. Ashley Bennett

Dr. Ashley Bennett

Director of College Counseling
Ms. Abbey Massoud-Tastor

Ms. Abbey Massoud-Tastor

Senior Associate Director of College Counseling, 12th Grade Class Dean
Mr. Xavier McKinzie

Mr. Xavier McKinzie

Associate Director of College Counseling, 10th Grade Class Dean
Ms. Elizabeth Monsees

Ms. Elizabeth Monsees

Admin Assistant to College Counseling/College Board Testing Administrator, Athletic Trainer
Ms. Anna Navarro

Ms. Anna Navarro

Administrative Assistant to the Academic Office

School Profile

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Director of College Counseling Dr. Ashley Bennett working with a student

Director of College Counseling Dr. Ashley Bennett working with a student

a student working at a table with a college counselor with college pennants in the background

Abbey Massoud-Tastor working with a student

Xavier McKinzie trains faculty on writing engaging letters of recommendation

Xavier McKinzie trains faculty on writing engaging letters of recommendation

Senior Retreat 2023 - Xavier's advisees

Mr. McKinzie and his advisees at Senior Retreat 2023

four students wearing shirts from the colleges where they plan to attend, looking together at a phone

Celebrating Chalk Day with college gear!

Senior Retreat 2023 - Abbey's advisees

Ms. M-T with her advisees at Senior Retreat 2023

two students showing off their college choice shirts - Skidmore!

Showing their college choice—Skidmore!

Senior Retreat 2023 - Ashley's advisees

Dr. Bennett's and her advisees at Senior Retreat 2023

students drawing their college logos in chalk on the sidewalks of inner campus

Students draw their college's logo on the sidewalks on Chalk Day!

College Counselors toast the Class of 2023

College Counselors toast the Class of 2023

two students in college gear shirts holding sparkling cider

Seniors from the Class of 2022 toast each other on Chalk Day