SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic hosted its second College Night of the year virtually on Monday evening, giving juniors and their parents the ability to log in to a Webex conference on the college process from their homes. 

During this insightful and engaging presentation, Ms. Carrie Livingston Herrera, The Assistant Director of First-Year Admissions at Rutgers University-Newark, discussed what college representatives look for in prospective students and offered her first-hand knowledge and experiences to UC’s college-bound juniors.

In a presentation titled “Admissions 101” Ms. Livingston Herrera examined topics such as how students should approach the application process, how transcripts are evaluated, how to manage deadlines, how to succeed in an interview, and how to make a college application stand out.

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Over 80 juniors and parents were actively engaged throughout the presentation, watching Ms. Livingston Herrera as she presented and asking questions in real time. Attendees also had the option to call in and hear the presentation over the phone.

Mrs. Jennifer Dixon, Union Catholic’s Director of School Counseling, was thrilled to be able to use the Webex format to continue to provide Union Catholic families with excellent college admissions assistance even with the current challenges of social distancing.

“Union Catholic's dedication to assisting students and their families throughout the college admissions process is steadfast, and tonight was no different,” said Mrs. Dixon. “While the challenges of COVID-19 and social distancing kept Union Catholic families home tonight, over 80 parents and students along with Union Catholic school counselors and administrators joined in on this Webex conference. Tonight's College Night was an opportunity for students and families to hear about the college admissions process from the "inside." This is the fourth year Union Catholic has welcomed Ms. Livingston Herrera for this presentation, and we are grateful for her dedication to serving our community by enthusiastically offering this Webex format for us.”

Mrs. Dixon would like to remind families that each Union Catholic student has virtual help available, including a Naviance account and a school counselor who is ready to assist.

“Naviance provides a collaborative college and career search platform,” said Mrs. Dixon. “Union Catholic school counselors are ready and able to conduct virtual meetings to assist families and students throughout their college search process. Families should reach out to their student's school counselor for more information.”

Union Catholic Assistant Principal Dr. James Reagan praised the efforts and perseverance of the UC Community.

“The synergistic effort of our school community, Ms. Livingston Herrera from Rutgers-Newark, and our school counseling department allowed our families to continue on the path of success for their students," said Dr. Reagan. “We are most appreciative of everyone’s efforts to make College Night such a success.”