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Early Engagement: Embarking on Your College Search Journey

Chris Miller, Director of College Counseling at Sandy Spring Friends School, never intended to become a college counselor. But, after serving as a student intern at Oberlin College’s Admissions Office, he found that he had a passion for working with prospective students. He’s loving his unintentional career—and he’s winning awards for it! Chris was selected by Colleges That Change Lives as one of their 2023 Counselors That Change Lives.

Especially post-pandemic, the complexity of the college application process is widely known. Here, we take the opportunity to glean advice, especially for students navigating the first half of high school, from an expert who has been working in college admission and college counseling since 1997. Read the full article for seven practical tips for those who find themselves at the beginning stages of their college exploration journey.