This fall, high school students in Wilton and beyond will face a barrage of questions:  What colleges are they considering? Have they written their essays, prepped for the tests, thought about their resumes…?

The college process has come to be viewed as “The Big Event” in the lives of students and their families. The pressure associated with ‘The Big Event’ often creates a lot of negative fallout such as ruptured relationships and high levels of stress and anxiety. But the Wilton Youth Council is trying to help local families realize the process does not have to be so stressful.

On Thursday, Sept. 26 at 10 a.m., join clinical psychologist Susan Bauerfeld, Ph.D., and college consultant Victoria Hirsch at the Wilton Library for “College Frenzy 2.0:  How to Manage and Minimize the Stress.

“Parents tell us that they find this popular presentation reassuring and helpful, and that it helps them to change their attitude about the process from one of fear and anxiety to one of curiosity and positivity,” says Genevieve Eason, of Wilton Youth Council. “Susan and Victoria have revised it this year and we are looking forward to a great discussion of the excitement and emotional challenges of the college application process.”

Bauerfeld and Hirsh will offer tips, strategies and suggestions for viewing the college process as a natural next step in a student’s development rather than ‘The Big Event’ and for managing the process in ways that foster resilience and relationships rather than discord and despair.

A follow-up discussion is being offered on Monday, October 7 at 10:30 a.m., also at the Library. Participants are invited to bring their questions for an informal conversation based on the presentation. Registration is required for the follow-up discussion, as a minimum of 25 participants is required for the program to run.

This is a free event recommended for parents of 8th-12th graders. All adults and interested parties are welcome to attend; registration is recommended at on the Wilton Library website or by calling 203.762.6334. Please email Genevieve Eason with questions.

Sponsored by Wilton Youth Council, SPED*NET Wilton, Wilton Presbyterian Church, Wilton Library and Wilton Youth Services.