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Senior Insights

Each year graduating seniors are asked to share their reflections, experiences, and advice on the college selection journey.


Dylan Barnes '23, University of Maryland

"Begin with a list of values, what you want and need at college. Whether that's location, programs, diversity, size, it's important to figure out your core values and see what colleges and universities align with those."


Zoe Benitez '22, Cornell University

"When I started my search, I was most focused on program. Making my final decision, however, came down to the people. I saw myself reflected in the community, with a place to be challenged, collaborate, and grow."


Brianna Burke '22, Columbia University

"Ask yourself what sets you apart. College essays and interviews aren’t about listing your accomplishments. They’re about showing the reader who you are and what makes you unique."


Jaeden Clark '22, Stanford University

"In the end, my decision wasn’t really based on prestige as much as it was based on environment and social atmosphere. I had to put my ego to the side and consider where do I truly see myself, not only as a student, but as a person!"


Izzy Cone '23, Middlebury College

"Key's focus on student-teacher relationships has built my confidence in engaging with teachers & professors, which i know will make my transition into college much smoother."


Gabby Cumming '23, Connecticut College

"You've worked hard to get to where you are today, so give yourself some credit! everyone's college search is different so don't compare yourself to others and focus on what's right for you."


Naiya Green '23, Syracuse University

"Don't wait until the summer workshop to start compiling a list of extracurriculars, finalizing your college list, or starting your personal statement! doing as much as you can before school starts will lighten the load during the fall semester of your senior year."


Kylie Koren '22, Providence College

"From my first day at Key in 7th grade until now, my writing skills have been pushed to the limit and I can now say I feel confident about the work I put out. The biggest gift you can ever give a young mind is the opportunity to learn and obtain knowledge. Key has done exactly that."


Isabel Littmann '23, George Washington University

"The most important thing I did was to keep an open mind regarding what kind of school I wanted. i learned to prioritize things, like areas of study and internship opportunities, that excited me the most."


Kayla Pak '22, University of Pittsburgh

"For me, looking for a college was not only about looking for a school that I was going to spend the next four years of my life in, but also a home. I needed to be in an environment that I would thrive in, both inside and outside of the classroom."


Henry Robbins '22, Brown University

"The primary aspect I looked for in a college was a culture of intellectual curiosity as opposed to a heavily pre-professional school. In the end, I prioritized what kind of freedoms I wanted in both the curriculum and location."


Mimi Shapiro '22, University of Miami

"Overall, for me, Key has acted as a "mini-college" experience, and I feel incredibly well-prepared for college. My biggest advice is to utilize all the opportunities and relationships Key can offer."


Kayla Stephenson '22, Cornell University

"Really invest your time into the exercises and activities Laura asks you to do. Not only are they essential to a smooth college process, but these exercises help bring out who you are as a person in a concise way and can help formulate your application."


Grace Wright '23, University of Kentucky

"There is no wrong choice when choosing a school, but the school I chose is the one that when I talked about it, my face lit up, the one that felt like home, and where I knew I could be myself while I continued growing as an individual."