From the College Counselors
|In all areas of school life, Georgetown Day School is dedicated to providing a supportive educational atmosphere in which teachers challenge the intellectual, creative, and physical abilities of high school students while fostering a strength of character and a concern for others. From the earliest grades, we encourage students to wonder, to inquire, to be self reliant, and to be cooperative participants in the educational process, laying the foundation for a lifelong love of learning and a commitment to community. |
We ask you to approach the college process by employing these same fundamental principles. The college application process is filled with both challenges and opportunities. Students and parents weather intense pressures—some genuine, some media-fed. We, the GDS College Counseling Staff, firmly believe that there are no best colleges, only colleges that are best for individual students.
GDS has three full-time college counselors with extensive college admissions and college counseling experience. We have the luxury of providing juniors and seniors with individual attention and counseling throughout the college process. We enjoy getting to know the students and relish the opportunity to watch them grow during this exciting time.
Barbara Bergman: Director, College Counseling
Emily Livelli: Associate Director
Matt Mettille: Associate Director
Deirdre Nicholson: Registrar/College Counseling Administrative Assistant
Meet the College Counseling Staff
|Barbara Bergman, Director of College Counseling|
Barbara Bergman has more than twenty years of experience working in university admissions.
Prior to GDS, Barbara was Associate Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at Georgetown University
for fifteen years. In that capacity, she directed many aspects of the undergraduate recruitment and admissions process, chaired admissions committees, coordinated special scholarships, and presented admissions and financial aid workshops to alumni and high school groups. She currently serves on the National Merit Corporation Advisory Board and previously was on the faculty of the College Board Summer Institute on International Admissions. Barbara received her B.A. from Colgate University
and her M.A. from George Washington University
|Emily Livelli, Associate Director of College Counseling|
Emily Livelli, a native Washingtonian who grew up a few blocks from the GDS High School campus, received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from New York University (NYU)
Emily received her B.A. magna cum laude in biology and her M.A. in Higher Education. Emily brings a breadth of knowledge and experience in college admissions to GDS. She worked in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at NYU for five years and then at Barnard College
as an Associate Director of Admission where one of her responsibilities included the recruitment and enrollment of women from Washington DC high schools. Throughout her tenure in college admissions, Emily has experienced every aspect of the process from conducting interviews and presenting on college admissions panels, to chairing admissions committees and supervising new admissions staff members.
|Matt Mettille, Associate Director of College Counseling|
Matt Mettille joined the GDS College Counseling Office in 2011.
After graduation from the University of Northern Iowa
, Matt began his professional career working in college admissions first at Grinnell College
and then at Beloit College
, where he interviewed candidates, evaluated applications, conducted information sessions, and organized merit scholarship weekends. Matt went on to complete his M.S.Ed in Higher Education from University of Pennsylvania
. Prior to joining the GDS college counseling team, Matt worked for four years at Pine Crest School in Florida where he provided students and families with the direction, understanding and confidence to navigate the complexities of the college admissions process. Matt has also served as a mentor to children in inner-city Miami, and has volunteered with College Summit, a non-profit organization that helps talented low-income public high school students enroll in college.
|Deirdre Nicholson, Registrar/College Counseling Administrative Assistant|
Deirdre Nicholson joined the College Counseling Office in May 2010.
Deirdre graduated from the College of Wooster
with a BA in History. Having attended independent schools all her life, Deirdre is very much at home at GDS. She served as a researcher/archivist at the US Naval Historical Center. More recently she worked as an administrative assistant at an engineering company and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute. For any and all transcript requests at the High School, Deirdre is your contact!
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|Visiting GDS|College Admissions Representatives:
If you plan to visit GDS, please note that college visits are held in the fall only
during our academic day, 8:15 AM–1:30 PM. To schedule your visit, please contact Deirdre Nicholson
or 202-274-3183. Please keep in mind that due to scheduling constraints we are not able to accomodate all visit requests.
The College Counseling Office is located at the High School
, 4200 Davenport Street, NW, Washington, DC 20016,
not the Lower/Middle School on MacArthur Boulevard. Please make sure your GPS has the High School address
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