RED BANK, NJ – Red Bank Regional High School (RBR) was the site last November of eight visiting colleges to interview students for admission to those schools.
50 students learned that day that they were accepted into the college and the non-binding amount of scholarship they would receive.
RBR Guidance Director Jason Sabino was the idea behind RBR Instant Decision Day which included the public schools of Ramapo, Stockton, NJIT, and Kean Universities and private schools of Fairleigh Dickinson, Georgian Court, Rider and Seton Hall Universities.
Over 60 college acceptances and $2.25 million in merit scholarships were offered.
Mr. Sabino comments, “In my prior employment, we conducted a similar event and most schools throughout the county will do this with one or two colleges. I thought it would be so much more beneficial if we could arrange to have more schools participate, in order to attract more students. This way, a large range of students are able to participate in multiple interviews with different schools in a day. RBR Guidance Department is pleased to report that a number of students that participated in this event were first generation college students.”
Alanah Ramos of Union Beach received an acceptance and generous scholarship offer to Georgian Court University. But she was also anxious to meet with Stockton on the second Instant Decision Day, stating, “They are all good schools with different strengths.”
((left) RBR Students Harrison Ford, Red Bank and Alanah Ramos, Union Beach, were excited and relieved to receive acceptances and scholarships to NJIT and Georgian Court University respectively at RBR’s first official Instant Decision Day.
Sabino comments, “There are some students who are on the fence on whether they think they can apply and get scholarships to a four-year college. My goal is that this event will increase their interest to actually meet with these representatives where they will have the opportunity to talk to them about the realities of attending a four-year institution," said Sabino.
Students were coached on the college interview process, what questions they might ask and how to express interest in the specifics of the school and major, which was orchestrated by RBR Guidance Counselor Shalene McLaughlin.
Stacy Osorio of Red Bank received her acceptance to Georgian Court that day along with an offer of a generous merit scholarship, stated, “It was so good that they came here and know that we are not just an application but a person and they actually see us.”
Paul Bikker of Little Silver received his acceptance to NJIT, remarked, “It feels really good to definitely know that you have somewhere to go. It was announced a few times (that colleges were coming to interview) and one of the schools I was going to apply to regardless was on the list. It definitely made it easier to know you were accepted instantly.”
Red Bank resident Harrison Jones who also received his acceptance to NJIT added, “I am applying to other schools, but this was very helpful to me, thinking about spending the next few months waiting on letters, thinking how stressful that could be, but now this makes that much easier to deal with.”
“The Instant Decision process was nice to have met one-on-one with that person. It lifted a great weight off my shoulders. I am going to college now, and don’t have to wait. I was able to enjoy Christmas knowing I already got into college,” said Suzette Rodriguez who hopes to major in business administration and minor in homeland security.
Alyssa Conti (above), commented, “It was very surprising and very surreal. You work hard throughout high school to get to college and that is the end goal. I have applied to six other schools, but Rider is looking pretty good right now because of the scholarship.” Conti, a student in the RBR Early Childhood Academy said she would like to major in sociology and work with young children someday. Rider University offered her the Presidential Scholarship.
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