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Cathlene Rivera-Cruz

College Planning Counselor

Cathlene Rivera-Cruz joined Northern Academy of the Arts in January 2018.  Cathlene previously worked as a College Admissions Counselor/Consultant at Your College Everything and POM College Admissions Consulting.  Prior to her college consulting experience, Cathlene spent over ten years working in Higher Education Admissions, International Student Services and Opportunity Programs for SUNY as well as NYC Supplemental Educational Services (SES).

Cathlene holds a BA from Herbert H. Lehman College and an MS Ed. in School Counseling from Long Island University.  Originally from The Bronx and privileged to have been a student and summer employee of Dr. Edward Eisman’s UNITAS community program, Cathlene understands first-hand the advantages of early career and college awareness.  When not assisting college bound students, Cathlene enjoys spending time with her husband and children running innovative 5Ks and visiting local museums.  She also enjoys dancing Salsa, hiking and learning about different cultures.

How is college planning being done at Northern?

The college planning process at Northern may even begin in the middle school. Typically, a comprehensive service starts from 9th grade until graduation.

The college planning at Northern will develop an individualized road map to success for the student, which includes academic work, character development, special interests and skill set, as well as college application.

Experienced counselors will seamlessly integrate Northern’s academic and extracurricular programs with their unique planning process, which utilizes social and corporate resources.

What can parents learn from college planning?

College planning can help break down myths about college, such as “my teen can make a good living without a college education”, or “I don’t have the money and my teen can’t afford to take out loans to pay for college”.

Parents can learn why they should help their children go to college and how they can encourage their children to apply. They can also find out about different types of colleges and choose those that are most affordable.

What is the goal of college planning?

The college planning adviser will coach the student on how to best utilize his/her time and resources during the 4-year high school experience. The adviser guides students toward developing a well-balanced and unique profile that can be competitive for the college of the student’s choice.

The student will be mentally and academically ready for college life through the planning. The process can also transform the student to be a responsible citizen with high moral standards.