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Well, the students who departed for studies overseas, are slowly settling into their new lives, dorms, saying good- bye to families, starting classes and adjusting to new room-mates.

Our student Courtney Chin checking into her dorm at Barton College.

I have wished them well. Prayed that they remain focused on the prize: a good GPA! Of course I want them to have a good social life, but please all good things in moderation.

I need them to select their social friends wisely. I need their school work and lives, neatly organized. I also need them to learn the power of saying no.

Aaah, but as I said to my Parents Cohort today, a good foundation of values learnt from home, school and church should set the stage for greater things.

Notices below:

Do not forget to sift through the notices attached.


On October 10, 2023, 3:45 pm at the 33 Balmoral Avenue office, we welcome:


University of Miami

Northeastern University

One has to sign up to attend as we have limited seats. Please contact

STUDIES/ Practice Materials

We advised students weeks ago to order practice books via Amazon or a nice relative returning to our shores to purchase study materials.

It is obvious some of you diligently heard the message as reflected in test scores for the Verbal section in SAT. Like America there was the parting of the Red Sea- 50 percent scored between 70-99%.

The other half stuck stubbornly to below 58% - which begs the question, what have you been doing since the start of July.

My LSAT has the convenient excuse of busy work schedules.

Come on, students, time and high grades wait on no one.

See you next week.


Dear Sandra, We're a week closer to the beginning of the 2023-24 school year. Are you getting excited? We know you might have questions as the date approaches and we've got you covered! See the top four questions we've gotten below. Wait! Stop scrolling! Have you completed all of your enrolment forms on the BCS Portal yet? See page 3 of the New Student Enrolment Package for a list of forms that need to be completed, and login to the BCS Portal to get started. Q: What time should I arrive on Opening Day? A: New boarding families should expect to arrive between 9:00 AM-11:30 AM on Tuesday, September 5. New day families should plan on arriving between 11:30 AM-12:00 PM that day. When arriving on campus, please go directly to the Student Centre to register and leave your luggage in the car. Check out the campus map here. Returning boarders may arrive between 9:00 AM-12:00 PM on Wednesday, September 6. All students are expected to arrive by 1:00 PM. All parents are encouraged to attend the Head of School's Assembly at 1:45 PM on September 6 in chapel. This event will also be livestreamed. Q: How do I set up a Student Banking account? A: Please reach out to Accounts Receivable to set up an account and for any questions about student banking. Q: What should I pack for Orientation Camp on September 9-10? A: A packing list can be found here. Q: How do I sign up for the Long Weekend Trips and BCS Transportation? A: Click the links for a list of this year's Long Weekend Trips and BCS Transportation. To sign up please reach out to our Associate Director of Student Life, Julie Lowry. Have a question? Our Admissions Team is happy to help!

Don't Miss!

Back-to-School with BCS-for new families August 29, 2023 | 9:00 AM ET New families—tune in as we answer any questions you may have about the upcoming start of the 2023-24 school year. Join our Head of School, Michel Lafrance, at the above link! Make sure to register in advance. Pssst.. Missed the first call? Head to 'Quick Links' to watch the recording from August 22!


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A new way to visit Oberlin!

Hi Sandra , We’re excited to announce a new, selective visit program to bring high-achieving seniors to Oberlin! Your students can apply to participate in one of two themed Oberlin Overnight Programs this fall:

Diversity & Access | October 26-28 and November 9-11 At Oberlin, we have long understood that diversity, in all its forms, is essential to our mission to prepare our students to confront complex issues and spark positive change in the world. This program will highlight how Oberlin welcomes and supports all students. Participants will connect with current students and faculty from diverse backgrounds and meet representatives from a variety of identity-based student organizations. Oberlin will cover the cost of transportation to and from campus for this program. Spotlight on STEM | October 5-6 and October 12-13 Oberlin has long been a national leader in educating undergraduate scientists. Our students are encouraged to take a central role in research, working closely with faculty members and taking advantage of opportunities rivaling those found at graduate schools. Spotlight on STEM will highlight the distinctive aspects of studying scientific fields at Oberlin. Participants will connect with current students and faculty across the scientific disciplines, gain insight into research opportunities, tour lab facilities, and get an inside look into the powerful student-faculty mentorship that is a hallmark of an Oberlin education.

The application deadline for all programs is September 24, but students are encouraged to apply early because applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Thank you in advance for recommending this program to your students!


To the counselors and advocates who help our students,

The Storyboard celebrates the successes, accomplishments, and personalities of the Columbia College Chicago community. And we could all use some extra inspiration right now. Great stories start at Columbia.

Columbia students and staff rolled out of bed early on August 9 to gather at Millennium Park’s Cloud Gate (aka “The Bean”) and participate in the live broadcast of GMA’s Deals and Steals segment. Senior Jewel Baker even doused herself with cola on national television.Lollapalooza Gave Students Valuable Festival Work Experience Thanks to Alum

More than 22 Columbia students worked this year's Lollapalooza with help from Business and Entrepreneurship Alumna Emily Sorlie ’10. Sorlie’s event company Barnstorm was hired for Lolla by C3 Presents, one of the largest concert promoters in the United States.The Columbia Chronicle Wins Grant to Investigate Mental Health Issues

The Solutions Journalism Network’s Student Media Challenge recently awarded The Columbia Chronicle, Columbia's official student-run news publication, a $10,000 grant to investigate student mental health issues through a solutions lens. Vashon Jordan Jr. Named to Forbes 30 Under 30 Local Chicago List for Revolutionary Work

CTVA Alum Vashon Jordan Jr. '21 was named to the inaugural Forbes 30 Under 30 Local Chicago list. Jordan works as the director of digital media and photography in Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office.

Corporate Collaboration Presents Students Opportunity to Bring Gift Bag Designs to Market The experience was made possible for students in the Special Issues in Illustration/Special Topics in Design class during the Spring semester thanks to a partnership Columbia has with the marketing firm Madak and the Mexico-based gift bag seller Dipak.

Outdoor Installation on Columbia's Campus Honors Women Who Photograph Music Columbia worked in conjunction with the ARChive of Contemporary Music, Metro/smartbar, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, and the Wabash Arts Corridor to honor women who created the mythology and iconography of popular music.


Greetings from Bentley University! Our “Admission 101” series continues with a post on understanding the college scholarship search process. With $3 billion in private scholarships available each year, helping your students find the money to pay for their dream school is easier than ever – provided you know where to look. The experts on our admission team share their advice on where your students should start their scholarship search and how to make the most of the financial aid opportunities available to them. Check it out today! We hope this information, and our entire Admission 101 series, gives you another tool for helping your students’ college searches stay on schedule. Thank you for all you do.

Donna M. Kendall Associate Vice President of Enrollment and Dean of Undergraduate Admission

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