COLLEGE APPLICATIONS: “Keep Calm and Carry On”


Seniors Sophie Bionelli (Weymouth) and Katie Evers ( Braintree) are fierce! They are two Bishops who have navigated the college application process with tenacity. Now they are able to step back, open their acceptance letters and feel satisfied. The satisfaction is well earned.

For Sophie, applying to colleges like Holy Cross, BU, Providence, George Washington and Fordham is “very stressful”. Having attended the summer AW Boot Camp, she feels she got a jumpstart on the demands of so many applications. Sophie reflects the biggest challenge, without question, is the supplemental essays requested by colleges. She laments “almost every school I applied to have me respond to a prompt. Some schools looked for short essays, some up to 600 words. It took a lot of time writing each essay.” Applying to a list of schools and determining just how long that list would be also challenges Sophie. “I hope to get my Bachelors in Political Science and eventually my Masters degree in Law. There are so many good schools that would get me on that path and I had to narrow that list down to several favorites.” Additionally, Sophie is thinking about a school’s location. She shares “I honestly don’t know where I want to attend or whether or not I want to go far. It’s going to be a hard decision.” Sophie is use to looking over a field of options. As a four year Lacrosse player, along with being a member of Student Council and French Club, her plate has always been full with commitments. Happily, Sophie has already received her first acceptances and “it feels so good to be done with my applications. Archies taught me not to procrastinate. I’ve realized the hard work it takes to apply really pays off.”


As Katie Evers navigates the college application waters, she is thankful for the support she has received at Williams: “I feel AWHS has prepared me for my college years. Because of the school, I’m strongly focused on my academics. The Guidance department has helped me with a lot of the college application process and the College Fairs are great. My teachers have also helped. They are always available to answer any questions and glad to write recommendations.” For Katie, her biggest challenge was the ACT exam and she put in extra hours of study to improve her score. It paid off. Katie has received several acceptances and Merit Scholarships. She is excited to be attending Curry College as a nursing student. Like Sophie, Katie is a very busy Bishop as she runs track, performs in the Arts in Motion Club and participates in the Environmental Science Club.

Two young women from the Class of 2019 are on their way to exactly what an Archbishop Williams education yields. Both Sophie and Katie are ready to meet the rigors of the college of their choice. They have grown in independence and confidence and are poised to grab the pearls that the world is ready to give them. Hear them roar!