Suffield Academy’s mission includes readying students for success at the next level and beyond. As part of this effort, the school’s unique college counseling program includes material designed to appropriately challenge students of each grade. Housed in the 3,000 square foot Hoffman College Counseling Center, Suffield’s innovative college counseling program is a model for independent schools across the United States. The school provides comprehensive and effective college counseling marked by individual attention and extensive services.
The goals of the college counseling office are threefold:
- to provide highly professional, proactive, hands-on counseling and guidance throughout the college search
- to represent each student fairly and responsibly, identifying with his or her uniqueness and potential
- to enable each student to find a match—fitting his or her ambitions and talents with a college’s programs, resources, and style.
Alums Matt Shifrin ’05 and Francisco Pujals ’10 spoke to the junior class as part of the College 101 leadership curriculum. “Experience is paramount,” Shifrin told the attendees. “Internships are a great way to gain practical knowledge. It is much easier to learn what you don’t like than it is to already know what you do like. To be an entrepreneur you must not be shy about interacting and connecting with people.” Pujals added, “Don’t be afraid to fail fast. Be comfortable knowing it will happen, but that it will not prevent you from moving forward. It will only help you gain the knowledge you need to achieve your goals.”