Whitfield's Director of College Counseling Barbara Sams is featured in the Princeton Review's "20 School Counselors Who Make A Difference."
Director of College Counseling
Whitfield School, St. Louis, MO
Why she loves her work: “I have been working with students and parents in the college admission process for more than thirty years now. Recently, a student came to visit me one cold Saturday afternoon while I was participating in a fundraising challenge with the Salvation Army. He could not wait until Monday morning to share the news of his acceptance to the University of Tulsa. It's moments like that, when a student is beaming from ear to ear and literally shaking with excitement, which make me say I have the best job in the building.”
Her advice for students: “If I could offer one piece of advice to students and parents, it would be to remember that one of the best things about higher education in the United States is all of the wonderful choices available. Take the time to know yourself and what makes you successful, and then match that with schools. That is how your search becomes successful.”
What she hopes her students will remember: “The college choice is a process. It happens over time. Allow yourself the time to enjoy and to grow with the process.”