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College Counseling

College Flags hung up in Counseling Office

The department's role is to help educate, guide, and support our students with college planning. It is the students' role to research, decide where to apply, visit colleges, and complete applications. Our college counselor meets with students individually throughout seminars and during all-class meetings to prepare students for the college application process and help them achieve their post-secondary goals.  

The college counselor works in collaboration with the generalist counselors to help students create a post-secondary plan and find best fit colleges based on their interest and abilities. Beginning freshman year, the counseling department encourages students to take challenging courses, engage in extracurricular activities, community service, and take on leadership roles that will not only help with college admissions, but also help students better understand their future college and career goals.

While any student can make an appointment to speak with the college counselor about their post-secondary path, college advising begins more formally junior year. Upperclassmen are invited to attend Resurrection’s annual college fair, meet with college representatives that are in the building throughout the school week, and attend workshops and seminars that focus on exploring and understanding all parts of the college application process. By senior year, college counseling becomes more individualized, meeting one-on-one with the college counselor, completing college and scholarship applications, and making informed decisions regarding their post-secondary plan. The college counselor is a resource for students and parents, advocating for students and providing the most up-to-date information on the college application process.  

Financial Aid Application Workshops by Ladder Up

A workshop providing an overview of the new financial aid process for students and parents was held on November 28. It provided details on the steps involved in the NEW FAFSA/Alternative Application, key resources, and how to better understand questions within some of the sections. Watch the full recap below:

FAFSA Training

College Counseling Overview | Juniors and Seniors

Student Services Staff

Patricia Caine

Titles: Assistant Principal of Student Services, DEI Facilitator
Phone Numbers:
School: 773-775-6616 ext. 120

Julie Garcia

Titles: College Counselor | Consultant

Briana O'Donnell

Class of 2009
Titles: Director of the Rankin Academic Support Program, Senior Class Moderator
Phone Numbers:
School: 773-775-6616 ext. 151

Jessica Swallow

Titles: School Counselor
Phone Numbers:
School: 773-775-6616

Samantha Toomey

Class of 2011
Titles: Rankin Academic Support Program Teacher, Freshmen Class Moderator
Phone Numbers:
School: 773-775-6616 ext. 148