A High School Freshman and Her Parents Hire Popp & Associates for Strategic Guidance
The parents first contacted Popp & Associates during their daughter’s 9th grade year at a public high school west of Boston. While their daughter was earning all A’s and enjoyed her classes, the parents, who were educated abroad and were unfamiliar with the college application process in the US, wanted to make sure that they were not missing any critical steps in their child’s high school education. The parents, therefore, hired Popp & Associates early on in their daughter’s high school experience to provide them with invaluable strategic guidance and ensure a successful college application process down the road.
The student’s P&A counselor quickly realized that the student was talented academically, but she was hesitant to join extracurricular activities and spent nearly all of her time completing school work. Her counselor encouraged her to try different school-based clubs, as well as consider the school tennis team given her strong abilities and enjoyment of the sport. Lastly, P&A suggested that the student apply for summer programs in her areas of interest, including writing, scientific research and leadership skill development.
During the summer after the student’s freshman year, she successfully completed a summer program of her choice that focused on building writing skills. In the student’s sophomore year, she continued to earn all A’s in her courses, as well as strong scores on her SAT Subject Tests. With the encouragement of her P&A counselor, the student also decided to try out for the high school tennis team. Not only was she quickly added to the varsity roster, the student also began meeting new people and developing friendships. The student loved her experience on the team and even regrets not joining in her freshman year. While she embraced the competitive element of the sport, she most valued the new friendships that were formed and recognized how much they added to her life and enriched her overall high school experience.
The student’s academic record continues to strengthen as she embarks on a highly rigorous course load for her junior year. In addition, opportunities have expanded for the student on both personal and extracurricular levels as a result of her taking creative risks and exploring her interests. Since beginning her work with Popp & Associates, the student is more invested in extracurricular life, both at school and in her community. The student recently shared that she feels happier with her high school experience given the new changes. While the student always had confidence in her academic performance, she felt there was room for improvement in her extracurricular involvement and social life. Now that the student is enjoying a more fulfilling high school experience, she is not only achieving her potential in the classroom, but also in all areas of her life. Given the balanced life that the student now leads, more doors are opening for her in high school, and opportunities for success will only increase as she advances to college.