College Counseling

Dear Parents and Students, 

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself!  My name is Ms. Logan Westmoreland and I am the new Academic and College Counselor at the International School of Latvia. I am excited to be part of the ISL community and am looking forward to working with all of the students grade nine through twelve.  I have heard so many good things about the school and the community.  I am excited to be here and to work with your students throughout their high school career.  

My background as a high school and college counselor and my interest in working internationally has taken me around the world.  Most recently,  I was at the American School of Milan, where I was their university counselor for 5 years. Prior to Milan, I worked in international schools in Korea and Brazil.  Starting my college counseling career at a public school in North Carolina gave me a strong foundation and network to build upon throughout my years of international school counseling.

As the Academic and College Counselor, I will focus on helping students understand their strengths, pair those strengths with careers and then help them to research colleges and universities that offer courses or degrees in order to pursue their chosen career.

The following is a list of the areas that I will be working with the 9th grade and 10th graders on through the year. 

  • Understanding why grades are important in 9th and 10th grade and what impact they will have on college admissions. 
  • Building a solid foundation with their grades by learning to ask teachers for their feedback when they need help. 
  • Learning organizational and time management skills to help form good study habits.  
  • Talking to them about participating in clubs or outside activities and staying committed and curious is a good way to explore their passions.  .
  • Getting involved in activities in the summer is a good time to take a deep dive into what excites them. 
  • Visiting college campuses when you go on vacation helps students start to think about what they like and don’t like on a college campus.  It’s not too early.  

I will focus on the college process with the 11th and 12th grade students. The following is a list of areas that I will work closely with the students on in class and in individual meetings.  

  • Narrowing in on their careers and identifying colleges that offer those degrees
  • Researching college programs and admissions criteria
  • Creating a college list and deciding whether it is a “good fit” and why  
  • Understanding the college application process for all regions of the world
  • Writing and editing college essays 
  • Continuing to encourage participation in outside activities and recording them for their college CV/ resume
  • Attending college fairs
  • Staying organized and keeping track of college application dates and deadlines
  • Understanding financial aid and scholarship information for individual colleges
  • Encouraging students to participate in internships, college courses or volunteer programs through the summer between 11th and 12th grade

I am hopeful that this information will help you understand my role as your students Academic and College Counselor.  If you have any questions or would like to meet about the college process in general, please send me an email at: logan.westmoreland@isl.edu.lv  and I will be happy to arrange a meeting.  

Logan Westmoreland
Logan Westmoreland
Academic and College Counselor

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