Prep Pride: Junior Parent Night — The College Search Process

On Tuesday, February 6, Fairmont Prep will host its annual Junior Parent Night. This evening is designed for our current juniors and their families to discuss the college search process that will take place in earnest starting in February and last all the way until graduation. And while parents may feel as though they have a good handle on what happens during the college admission process, a lot has changed in the past few years and the information you see on websites or books is often outdated or simply wrong.

Finding that balance for a parent in the college process is difficult. Parents should support and guide, but ultimately, it is the student who is the one going to college. This isn’t time for dad to relive his college days and project that experience to his child. Yet, this is a perfect time to sit down as a family to ensure that everyone is on the same page. Let the student talk about their goals for college and what they want their experience to be. Students, understand where your parents are coming from and listen when they talk about their goals for you.

The entire family should be ready for quick changes in perspective. Your daughter’s favorite college on Monday may have dropped off the list by Friday. It is ok, in fact, it is a good thing. They have done their research and have found that their former dream school maybe doesn’t even offer their intended major. Maybe that school they have talked about since 7th grade just doesn’t look that appealing in real life.

Students will be exposed to a wide variety of new ideas and schools. Some colleges the parents have heard of and others seem to come out of nowhere. Trust the process and allow the students to explore and figure out which school is the best match for them.

We hope that parents and students alike will use the college counselors at Fairmont to help guide that college search and ensure that students are putting forward the best application possible. We will see you February 6!

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Shelby Wagner - 1st Grade Teacher Fairmont Historic AnaheimTop Teacher & Skating Champion
Shelby “My favorite part of being a teacher is the children I get to teach.”
  • Is one of the head teachers for the Fountain Valley Artistic Skating Club, teaching regional and national champions. She also teaches beginner classes every Saturday morning.
  • Every year, her students are amazed to find that their teacher has a life outside of the classroom.
“I love feeling like I’m part of a family [at Fairmont].”
Keira Kamath - 5th Grade Fairmont Anaheim HillsScience & Tennis Superstar
keira “I like how there are so many different specialty classes at Fairmont Anaheim Hills, like art, music, PE, science lab, computer lab, and Spanish.”
  • She would like to be a professional tennis player when she grows up, or maybe a doctor.
  • Loves dance and plays the piano
  • Her favorite class is science “because you get to figure out stuff, and I like to do experiments.”
Nicholas Aghaian - 7th Grade Fairmont Historic AnaheimKicking His Way to Med School
nicolas“The teachers and the amount of support they provide to not only me, but to the whole entire community here at Fairmont is probably what I like most about attending Fairmont Historic Anaheim.”
  • He would like to be a professional soccer player, or a doctor specializing in the field of sports medicine.
  • Enjoys basketball, piano, and soccer pitch.
  • His favorite subject is math “because I like to be challenged, and math is full of challenges.”
Gianluca De Gregoris – 2nd Grade Fairmont North TustinDancing Toward Greatness
dancing"What I like most about Fairmont is that I get to learn and meet new friends.”
  • He wants to be a professional dancer when he grows up.
  • Is trained in ballet and ballroom dancing.
  • Loves writing and creating new stories.
Nicole Heyman - Kindergarten Teacher Fairmont Anaheim HillsLaying a Foundation for Lifelong Learning
Nicole "The best part about teaching at Fairmont is being able to work with a diverse group of students who are all incredibly talented. It is amazing to be able to challenge students at such a young age and watch these children grow throughout the year.”
  • Loves camping, reading, and traveling
  • Her students love learning random things about her – like the fact that when she was in kindergarten she wanted to be Spiderman when she grew up.
  • Her proudest moments are the times when a student on campus is excited to see her, oftentimes telling her that she’s “the best teacher in the world.” “I live for those moments.”
“I choose to teach at Fairmont because of the sense of community, as well as the drive for our students to succeed.”
DJ Clovis - Music Teacher Fairmont North TustinRunning to the Rhythm
DJ Clovis “I get to work with amazing staff, faculty, parents, and most importantly, students!”
  • Teaches music to all grades — from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade
  • Coaches (or has coached) football, basketball, and Run Club
  • Plays bass trombone
  • NJHS Conflict Resolution Coach
  • He has run 15 marathons and 4 ultra marathons.
“The best part of teaching at Fairmont is the autonomy — being able to create a program that fits all of my students. At Fairmont North Tustin, I get to help with a lot of different activities.”