“Break it down, step-by-step and year-by-year. You do not need to face the whole huge path at once,” says Ralph Figueroa, Dean of College Guidance at Albuquerque Academy in New Mexico. “As stressful as this is, and as overwhelming as it seems, this process is manageable.”
Figueroa, a former member of the Common Application Board of Advisors, was one of Wow’s featured guests in the webinar: Get Ready! Get Set! Get In! Starting Your Journey.
An industry insider, he understands the process from every possible angle; as Associate Dean of Admission at Wesleyan University, Figueroa was the central figure in the New York Times bestseller, The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College.
His friend, Marie Bigham, Director of College Guidance at Greenhill School in Addison, Texas, joined Figueroa on the webinar. A board member for the National Association for College Admission Counseling and the Association of Counselors in Independent Schools, Bigham also worked inside the admissions office as an Associate Director of Admissions at Washington University in St. Louis.
“It is not that hard to get into college,” Bigham says.