As a Cadet progresses through the various stages of the college search and admissions process, he will assess his strengths, weaknesses, needs, and values. Thoughtful use of self-knowledge allows a Cadet to make better choices in considering future plans. The goal of this process should be to find the right university that best meets personal needs and provides an academic and personal environment for growth. The best university on some sort of "top ten" list should not be the sole criteria for the right fit..
Fittingly, the Cadet should understand their stake in this process. Early in the process, the system will be automatic with some mandatory events occurring. But the end of the process will be a college acceptance for the graduate. HMA's College Counselor and the other mentors at Hargrave are here to help you in a number of ways:
To help you understand the admissions process
To accurately evaluate your achievements and aspirations
To assist in the gathering of information about schools
To help you to make an informed and not arbitrary choice
We do not have special magic powers to "guarantee" a college admission. But we can help maximize opportunities. It is the Cadet's responsibility (as scary as it might be to think of your young man making a potentially life-defining decision) to make sure that the Counselor is apprised of plans and goals and notified of any changes when they occur. Please help him help himself.
Make no mistake, there is real pressure here: college admissions systems, college marketing and hype, items from the (social) media, financial issues, test anxiety, and the general uncertainty when a man makes meaningful decisions about the future. But it can be managed and issues mitigated when a Cadet communicates openly and often with your parents, mentors, faculty, staff, and College Counselor. Consistent communication is the key and will help you achieve the best results!
The process itself is seemingly straightforward:
- Do a self-evaluation
- Research colleges that meet your needs
- Make a draft list of schools that interest you
- Winnow the list of schools
But the college admissions process will challenge applicants on multiple levels, from honest discussions about interests to family hopes/dreams/desires to finding the time to face up to a major life decision. It can be complex, confusing, frustrating, interesting, rewarding, and exhilarating — sometimes all at the same time! Whether an immediate admission to a traditional four-year college or considering one of many other options, the goal for the process is to help Cadets find the match that best suits their needs for life-long success.
Dr. Jimmy Tung, Ph.D., was named the Academic Dean of Hargrave in August of 2017. He has been the Director of the Center for Integrated Studies (Grade 7-9 program) and Director of Summer Programs since his return to Hargrave in 2011. Between 1997 and 2008, Dr. Tung has held the positions of Science Department Chair, Director of Summer Programs and Faculty member. He has taught courses in chemistry, physical science, astronomy, middle school math, pre-algebra, and engineering science. He has coached or advised Middle School soccer, JV baseball, JV/Varsity tennis, and the photography club.
Dr. Tung’s training includes a Bachelor’s of Science (chemistry, pre-med studies) from Truman State University and a Ph.D. from Dartmouth College (physical chemistry). He has continued his training in education and management through the Virginia Association of Independent School (VAIS), AdvancEd, University of Virginia, and Georgia Tech. He has been awarded two professional fellowships in education: the Lankford (Hargrave-sponsored) to investigate college freshman student weaknesses and develop technology-enhanced science classrooms, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Leadership Program for Teachers’ Environmental Science Institute (Princeton/Rutgers) to study teaching global climate change models to secondary-level students. His teaching awards include the Wolfenden Prize (Dartmouth), the E.A. Floyd Award (Hargrave), and the Outstanding Active Educator (Hargrave).
He is currently an adjunct instructor (chemistry) at Richard Bland College of William and Mary. His other professional experience includes South Piedmont Community College (faculty), Virginia Tech Office of Special Programs (research professor), the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR, research scientist), and adjunct faculty positions at Liberty University, Averett University, Danville Community College, and Radford University.
Outside of classroom endeavors, Dr. Tung has published articles in the fields of experimental gas phase kinetics and characterizing and processing composite polymeric materials, given presentations on educational technology and at faculty training workshops. He is currently on the executive committee of the Blue Ridge Section of the American Chemical Society and served as a judge at junior/high school science fairs and undergraduate research competitions sponsored by the Virginia Academy of Science. He been a contributing reviewer for two current university chemistry textbooks, and for Science Books and Films (American Association for the Advancement of Science, AAAS). He has visited several VAIS member schools as part of their accreditation process.
Dr. Tung married his wife Cynthia shortly after graduate school. They are blessed with two children. He enjoys hiking, tennis, and photography. He is a member of Cornerstone Church of Christ in Chatham, Virginia.
Saturday morning our juniors were served breakfast by the seniors, which the juniors absolutely loved! After breakfast, we packed up and headed out to Park Springs Camp in Providence, North Carolina.
Once settled in at the camp, we had five team building challenges that ended with a canoe race.... more
The highlight of the night, as always, was the Promenade and the announcing of the King and Queen of the Ball.
The 2nd Runner Up: Cadet Hosny Makhlouf and his date Molly Beasly
The 1st Runner Up: Cadet Alex Velazquez and his date Raquel Capote
The King and Queen of the Ball: Cadet Chad... more
Rob Bartenstein '87 shares some life experiences and gives timely advice to our Senior Class.
Major Scott Roach is the Chair of our Social Studies Department and in his eighteen years at Hargrave has taught classes ranging from 7th Grade Math to AP Government.
He started at Hargrave as an assistant baseball coach while teaching in the public school system. Soon he was on the Hargrave... more
We are excited to be joined by Coach John Bailey. He is a veteran college baseball coach and a U.S. Army veteran who received a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
Coming to Hargrave from Danville Community College, Coach Bailey brings over 35 years of coaching experience, including several state and... more
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