This has been one of the most competitive group of students that I have had the pleasure of working with and collectively they have received acceptances from six out of the eight Ivy League colleges, as well as many other very selective colleges and universities. They have also collectively received hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and earned places
The job market is very confusing for millennials but employers seem to be saying that they are looking for a combination of “soft” (interpersonal/communication) skills and “hard” (technical/occupational) skills. They want to hire hard-working, personable, knowledgeable, self-starting, organized problem-solvers. Does this surprise anyone?
By now you have probably received a number of college acceptance offers. Congratulations! Your hard work has paid off and now you have to choose by May 1. Here are some tips you should consider before making the final choice.
1. Research the Schools
With everything at your fingertips online, there is no excuse not to know about the school that you might be attending. How does the school portray itself?
All across America, students are moving into their college dorms and saying goodbye to Mom and Dad. Though years have been spent preparing teens for this moment, not much thought has been given to helping parents acclimate to this new transition in their lives. So, what are parents to do when their child goes off to college and they feel the loss?
First, realize that this is normal. You have been caring for and protecting your child for 17 years or more and it’s only natural to feel a little lost and a bit sad.
Congratulations! If you are reading this, you probably already have a preliminary college list. So, what comes next? Research, research, more research…and a college visit.
Before you begin your research, construct a Word document, for the purposes of recording pertinent information about each school. The form should include the criteria that are most important to you. Headings might include:
Compiling your first college list can feel a bit overwhelming, especially when there are over 3,000 post-secondary options. So, how do you figure out which colleges or universities are best for you? Before you can construct a viable college list, you have to know who you are and what you want from your college experience. Though figuring this out is not always easy, if you ask yourself some key questions and do your research, you will end up with some excellent college options.
Here are 5 questions to help you define your college list.
We have all heard the term, “helicopter parent,” but few of us will admit to being one. Why? Simply, because we don’t want to believe that we hover over our children, swooping in to rescue them whenever we see trouble ahead. Instead, we justify our behavior by declaring, “Isn’t it a parent’s right to want the best for our children?” Of course it is, and we shouldn’t have to feel guilty about it. But sometimes, we need to step back and re-evaluate our parent-child relationship within a new framework. As our children grow, so must we. So, how can we be helpful during the teen years without taking over?
From time to time, parents tell me that they are planning to visit colleges only after their teen gets accepted. While I understand that it is costly, as well as time consuming, when it comes to making a decision about whether or not to apply, there is nothing more important than a college visit. Why? Well, there are several reasons. One is all colleges tend to look the same in their glossy promotional materials, but they often look different in person. Two, students often have to write an essay addressing why they want to attend a college or university, and that is much easier if you have visited. And three, talking to current college students gives you valuable insight into student satisfaction.
In 1972, Alice Cooper’s classic song became an anthem for all school children looking forward to the lazy days of summer. We enjoyed the long, sunny days and made the most of them by staying outside from dawn till dusk. We rode our bikes everywhere, built forts from construction scraps and ran through the sprinkler to cool off. Those were the days when kids’ lives were a little more carefree.
Today, summers are more planned.
How do parents fit in college visits and summer vacation? Why not combine the two? There are many states that have a ton of colleges and universities, as well as interesting activities to entertain the family. On the Today Show this morning, Katherine Cohen of Ivy Wise mentioned just a few cities to check out: Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Denver, and Los Angeles.
Visiting colleges is one of the most important steps in the college identification process.