This year, Summer Institute welcomed 54 participants from a variety of public, private, community colleges, and two high schools–the largest SI in recent history. The participants represented the states of Michigan, Illinois, Colorado, Iowa, Indiana, and Missouri.
Overall, Summer Institute was a great success! We had a large group but we were still able to provide relationship building and networking by incorporating small group sessions throughout the conference. The participants had a wonderful, instantaneous chemistry. They were enthusiastic and ready to learn. Many of them were attending SI during their first week or month as an admissions counselor. We even had a handful that was starting their first day of work with us!
Having the opportunity to participate in the Summer Institute has already helped me out tremendously in my start as a new counselor. As soon as I got back to campus, I found myself using the information that we received during the various sessions, group discussions and even just talking to fellow counselors. The networking with other new counselors has been one of the biggest benefits, too; I now know so many more people that are in my territory. Being able to just have that comfort, knowing I’m not the only one going through this my first time while out on the road, is a huge help. Thank you to the SI crew for putting together such a great program!
Being a fairly new admissions counselor, Summer Institute gave me everything I needed in order to prepare for the upcoming school year. All the information and advice that I received at Summer Institute was rewarding both mentally and emotionally. At SI, I realized that I’m not alone in this profession, we’re truly a family. There is a large population of professionals, with years of experience, who are more than willing to help guide and mentor new counselors, like myself, so that we can reach our full potential in this world of admissions.
Freshman Admissions Counselor
University of St. Francis