To better serve our students, New Oasis has improved our college admissions advising with the help of our Academic Coordinator, Megan Aquilante. Megan has more than ten years of college advising experience.
Until recently, Megan served as a Guidance Counselor at Complete College Planning Solutions. She will provide her expertise to our students through monthly on-line presentations and meeting directly with our college admissions advisers.
Dear New Oasis students,
We are now halfway into the second semester and many seniors are aware of their admission status at colleges and universities. If you have received acceptance offers from more than one college and are undecided about where to attend, you must work on choosing which college is best for you. If you are not sure which college you prefer, you should evaluate your options and make a decision. Consider the following:
Make an informed decision and notify your college of your attendance by May 1.
In addition to senior college planning, it continues to be important for juniors to become aware of items that should be completed each month for their college planning purposes. If you are a current 11th grade student, please make note of the College Planning Checklist for the month of April:
In addition to the above checklists, to better serve its students, New Oasis is committed to communicating with and collecting admissions information from different colleges and universities. Our goal is to help students better understand admissions at colleges and universities. We hope you find our ongoing college admissions research useful, and are delighted to provide some highlights of these recent conversations. Should students seek additional information on these schools please contact the New Oasis Academic Team.
University of Colorado, Denver
Information provided by Clay Harmon, International Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator (Asia Specialist)
Stony Brook University
Information provided by Stacey Acquaro of Undergraduate International Admissions
University of Wisconsin, Madison, information provided by James McManus Admissions Intern, Office of Admissions and Recruitment
From March 20-23, New Oasis staff from 11 states gathered in Sterling, Virginia for a weekend of training, networking and teambuilding.
The New Oasis Inaugural Student Coordinator Summit began on Friday evening, as Homestay 360 Managers met with newly-hired student coordinators over dinner, to welcome them to the team and prepare them for the upcoming training sessions.
Saturday morning was a time for the new staff to partake in an orientation of sorts, learning information familiar to returning coordinators. The new coordinators learned procedures and policies before meeting the headquarter staff and returning coordinators for lunch.
“It’s important for our coordinators to understand the culture behind many of
(Our coordinators) left united, as New Oasis, innovating a new way to think about Homestay 360,” said Suzy Fitzpatrick, director of the Homestay 360 Program.
“Our local coordinators are the lifeline of our program. They embody the vision and mission of New Oasis, and to that, I am committed to ensuring we are providing them with the resources it takes to advocate for our students,” she said.
Saturday afternoon marked the official kickoff of the meeting, as Sean Chen, president and CEO, presented opening remarks and kicked off the afternoon sessions.
Coordinators heard presentations related to communication, academics, understanding New Oasis’ tutoring services, customer service, travel policies and more.
“It was inspiring to see the passion from the entire team,” said Tammy Becker, Homestay 360 Program manager.
“The coordinators were engaged, inquisitive and showed a great deal of enthusiasm. They openly shared their insight, ideas, and suggestions regarding a variety of student and host family topics. This idea-sharing helped everyone to see that varying approaches to the same situation can yield very different outcomes.”
Saturday ended with a staff dinner at The Bungalow Lake House.
On Sunday morning, the coordinators were introduced to various methods for recruiting and retaining host families.
Updates courtesy of Kathy Freeman, director of partnerships, U.S.
It seems like only yesterday leaders from our partner schools departed on a trip to China. A short two weeks later, the team has returned to the United States.
Throughout the course of the trip, the team bonded as a group and established friendships to last a lifetime.
The group was divided into three teams and each had the opportunity to visit a student’s home, have dinner together and exchange gifts. This experience served as a highlight of the trip for each of the school representatives.
The group visited with a Chinese family, one that was friendly, warm and inviting. The student, Joyce, said she hoped to study at Covenant Day School, in Charlotte, North Carolina, next year. She lives with her mom, dad and her mom’s parents.
“Joyce’s grandmother prepared one of the best meals I have ever had,” said Kathy Freeman, director of partnerships, U.S.
“They prepared many delicious dishes that represented local Hangzhou cuisine. After dinner we visited and shared experiences.”
Jay Morin, from Cheverus High School, and Lisa Barlow, from Covenant Day School, joined Freeman for the visit. Jay immediately connected with Joyce’s father, because both could speak Japanese!
On Sunday, the team took the Bullet Train to the city of Nanjing for an education fair. The school representatives had a wonderful time experiencing the bullet train. They were all fascinated, traveling roughly 189 miles per hour.
At the Nanjing Fair, the team interviewed nearly 40 students, all of whom were bright and academically-focused.
After a nap on the train, the group returned to the hotel in Hangzhou, where they celebrated the birthday of Penny Peng, a member of the New Oasis China Team.
The team awoke early and visited a competitive high school in China, affiliated with Zhejiang University. The school is progressive, with more than 1000 students. Approximately 70 of its students choose to study in U.S. universities after graduation.
After the school visit, the school representatives enjoyed several hours of shopping at the Hefang Road Market and purchased gifts to bring home to colleagues and family. Shortly after, the team saw the theater production, “Songcheng Eternal Love.”
While waiting for the show, Jay Morin was selected to be the subject of a traditional Chinese knife-thrower. He was a great sport, and everyone enjoyed the performance.
Before leaving Hangzhou, the team drove to the mountain outside of the city and visited a local Tea Plantation. Everyone learned about green tea, experienced picking tea leaves and sampled tea.
The team left Hangzhou and headed on to the airport to catch their flight to the city of Chengdu. Arriving in Chengdu, the team was greeted at the Shangri-La Hotel by a Giant Panda!
For more information on the China trip, contact Kathy Freeman at kfreeman @ newoasisedu.com.