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Parent welcomes those new to Skidmore
Few parenting challenges are as complex and anxiety-provoking as helping children choose and gain admission to the right college.
Parents Council admissions chair Carol Whitehorn, P ’03, knows this terrain well. As a former admissions staffer at Harvard and longtime employee of the Newton South School District, she has witnessed first hand the hand-wringing, confusion, and joy of families coping with a college search. And, like every parent, she experienced her own ups and downs while helping Elizabeth, now a Georgetown alumna, and Stephanie, a Skidmore junior, choose a college. Whitehorn is delighted that Stephanie is “extremely happy at Skidmore” and is active in campus life as a tour guide and social chair for her class. But Whitehorn wanted to help increase opportunities for parents to interact and share ideas, concerns, and information, so she became chair of the Parent-to-Parent program, in which parents of prospective students correspond by phone or mail with those whose children are already enrolled at Skidmore.
On the suggestion of other Parents Council members, Whitehorn is even taking the program a bit further. She teams with Darren Drabek, assistant director of admissions, to involve Skidmore parents in interviewing prospective students, speaking with high-school guidance offices, attending college fairs, and participating in on-campus orientations. In August, Whitehorn hosted an ice-cream social for admitted candidates at her home in Waban, Mass. The forty attendees included students and parents with whom she had first spoken before they’d decided to enroll at Skidmore.
Although she is finished shepherding her own children through the admissions process, Whitehorn says she stays involved because “it’s fun, and it’s a way for me to stay connected to Skidmore, which I have always found to be a very welcoming place. I am very comfortable being a part of that.” —MM