Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Seniors invited to 'Application Boot Camp'

Express Staff Writer

High school seniors can receive counseling and assistance in getting their paperwork together for college admissions at an "Application Boot Camp" scheduled for later this summer at the Ketchum YMCA.

The program is offered by GPA+, a Los Angeles college counseling firm. A few spots are still open for the camp. Inquiries can be directed to Juana Barrios at (310) 614-6265 or

The camp is scheduled for Aug. 6-9, but Barrios said that a counseling session is required before acceptance into the program. As part of the session, Barrios helps students determine what might be the best college to attend by discussing a students preferences and desires.

"The first semester of your senior year is critical," Barrios said. "Colleges want to see that you are carrying a rigorous load and still handling all of your extracurriculars. By getting all of your applications and essays completed before the academic year starts, you will be able to focus 100 percent of your energy on your schoolwork, continue prepping for the last of your standardized tests and enjoy the final few months of high school."

Barrios, who founded GPA+ in 1996, has counseled students in the Wood River Valley for nearly five years. She is a graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, holds a master's degree in counseling psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and has completed doctoral studies in depth psychology.

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