If you have a high school junior, no one needs to remind you that you’re heading into that exciting, yet daunting world of college applications. It probably seems unbelievable that you’re next in line to become “one of those parents” who’s experiencing first hand what you’ve heard about for years: the craziness of senior year and the college process.
Wasn’t it only yesterday that they were learning the alphabet?
Whether you’ve had your sights on a particular college – your alma matter, perhaps – or you’re totally open minded about your student’s “best fit,” your rising high school senior needs a strategy.
I was speaking with my brother last week about this exact topic. With so many “priorities” competing for my niece’s attention, here’s what I told him:
These tests are often the most dreaded part of the college process. And it may be tempting to tell our kids they don’t have to retake them. But that’s a short-term gain. Most students need to take the SAT and/or ACT several times. Sure they are no fun. But they can bring big benefits and give our kids the real-world experience of working hard for a goal and then enjoying the upside. (That’s part of college readiness, too.)
Explore college majors and career interests. Community service, internships, and informational interviews can provide important insights into the best college major. While most colleges don’t require students to declare a major right away, having a direction can lead to a better result. The more hands-on experience they have, the less likely students will want to change majors.
This is an exciting time for your whole family. The more organized you are, the better the result and the more enjoyable the process! There are steps students in all grades can take to lead to more options (and more fun) later.
Wouldn’t it be great to be told what to do and when to do it so your student can have the most success and your family can avoid unnecessary stress?
I’ve got you covered!
Contact me directly if you want to know more about how I can personally help your family. Email [email protected]