The College Process Is All About I: Identity, Intellect, Ideas, Interests and Inspiration

As part of the W.P. Carey ’48 lecture series, Pomfret School recently welcomed Eric Furda, dean of admissions at UPenn, who engaged a curious audience of all Pomfret students and faculty as he discussed the college process.

Eric touched upon five elements of discovering the right path for students: Identity, Intellect, Ideas, Interests and Inspiration.  “It is very important that you have your own identity,” suggested Eric.  “Know who you are, what you are interested in, and share your ideas.  We (college reps) want to know what you think about.  Likewise, we all have interests. Be prepared to share your hobbies, what you like to do when you have free time, what books or magazines you like to read.”

Eric also recommended using four “C’s” as a lens when looking at schools: Culture, Curriculum, Community and Conclusions.  “Find out what shapes the culture at the college you are interested in,” stressed Eric.  “How will you be taught and what you will learn while you are there.  Know what the community is like at the school and be aware of what the graduates are doing after college.”

About Pomfret School

Founded in 1894, Pomfret is an independent co-educational college preparatory boarding and day school for 350 students in grades 9 through 12 and postgraduate, located on a scenic 500 acre campus in Northeastern Connecticut.
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