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First-Generation College Applicant Webinar

Join us for a virtual session for high school juniors who will be first-generation college applicants. Learn about the college selection and application process with tips from college admissions counselors, standardized testing consultants, and current college students. This session will be offered via Zoom and is open to all first-generation college applicants regardless of where they plan to apply to collegestudents do not have to be applying to Georgia Tech.

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Time: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

Registration is now closed.


Webinar Topics

Introduction | Teresa Askew, Diversity and Inclusion Council Chair, Georgia Tech College of Electrical and Computing Engineering

Admissions 101 | Andrew Cohen, Associate Director – Georgia Tech Undergraduate Admissions
•    Understanding your options
•    Understanding admissions jargon (early action, early decision)
•    Understanding how to build a college list

SAT/ACT | Brian Eufinger, Edison Prep, LLC
•    SAT/ACT for the class of 2022    
•    SAT/ACT strategy (low-cost study options)
•    SAT/ACT cost waivers and eligibility
•    Test locations

Common Application and Financial Aid Overview | Caroline Catts, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School
•    How to access and navigate the common application
•    Application deadlines, fees, and waivers and how to find for each school
•    Activities/honors and how to present them
•    Essays (what are they looking for?)
•    Potential financial aid options and where to look

Student Panel | Dorsey Beckles, Taylor Jackson, Thomas Rodriguez, Emerald White
•    Students share their experiences about applying to college and what the first year of college is like




Teresa Askew, Diversity and Inclusion Council Chair, Georgia Tech College of Electrical and Computing Engineering

Teresa Askew is Administrative Manager and Assistant to the Chair for the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She has over 30 years of managerial experience working in corporate America and the educational arena to include Stanford University for approximately 13 years and two of the top ten financial institutions. Upon receiving her high school diploma, she joined the United States Army, where she specialized in Personnel Management. Teresa earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree, graduating Summa Cum Laude and a Master of Education Degree in Organizational Leadership. Teresa serves as chair for ECE’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. She is a recipient of the College of Engineering (CoE) Staff Culture Award established to recognize staff members in each of the CoE schools who advocate for a positive and productive culture in their school and the College. Teresa’s work to support and develop successful cultural practices and strive to make a difference.


Andrew Cohen, Associate Director – Georgia Tech Undergraduate Admissions

Andrew Cohen joined Georgia Tech in 2018 and currently serves as the associate director for guest experience. In this role, Andrew oversees the guest experience, customer service and virtual engagement efforts for the Office of Undergraduate Admission.  Prior to his current role, Andrew served as the associate director for campus visits at Hofstra University in  Hempstead, New York. His love for providing visitors with informative, authentic and personal experiences started as a student tour guide at his alma mater, Ithaca College, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications. Andrew received a Master of Science in Education in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies from Hofstra University. Andrew’s passion for the visit experience has led him to his involvement in the Collegiate Information and Visitor Services Association, where he currently serves as the Treasurer on their executive board.


Brian Eufinger, Edison Prep, LLC

Brian Eufinger is the co-founder of Edison Prep, an Atlanta-based SAT/ACT company that has helped over 14,000 students over the last 10 years increase their scores. He is hired by school districts throughout the Southeast to do on-site ACT Bootcamps and is a nationally sought-after education expert, appearing in outlets such as CBS MoneyWatch, The College Solution, the AJC, ChooseFI, and others to speak on test prep and cutting the cost of college. He’s spoken at national education conferences and is a frequent podcast guest on college topics and financial literacy. As someone who self-studied for the SAT/ACT and used it to fully pay for the cost of college, he is passionate about sharing the same information with others!


Caroline Catts, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School

Caroline Catts is the co-owner of Bloom College Consulting LLC. Bloom is an educational college consulting company focused on helping high school students and their families navigate the college selection, application and financial aid and scholarship process. Bloom also offers online seminars for students to gain an advantage for applications to selective colleges.

Caroline is a native of Atlanta, GA and attended Sewanee, The University of The South where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She lived in Beijing, China for 6 years and earned her Master of Business Administration Degree from Rutgers University. When she returned to the US in 2008, she attended Mercer University and earned a Master of School Counseling (science) and worked in both the Forsyth and Cobb County School System helping countless students with the college application process and served as the Director of the College Center. She currently works as the Assistant Director of College Counseling at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Atlanta, GA. She also completed a certificate from The University of California, Los Angeles in college counseling, considered the gold standard in independent college counseling programs. She has helped many students both in the US and China with the difficult and complicated college application process.

She is a certified school counselor, is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors, Southern Association of College Admissions Counselors, Georgia School Counselors Association. Caroline is invited to attend numerous college tours every year to help students and parents better understand the selective college application process. This year alone, she will visit over 20 colleges and universities in the US to build strong relationships with the admissions counselors while also learning more about these colleges to help her clients find the best fit for their educational needs.


Dorsey Beckles
Computer Engineering Major

Taylor Jackson
Computer Engineering Major

Thomas Rodriguez
Computer Engineering Major

Emerald White
Electrical Engineering Major










Last revised April 18, 2021