Understanding the magnitude of college planning during the pre-college years for our children can hardly be overstated. Most parents are able to make it clear to their children that they are expected to go to college. Even most high schools are able to get that point across – be it to an apprenticeship program, a technical college, or a traditional four-year college.
At this point of getting ready for college, many children find themselves with the inevitable task of picking a college – yet they often don’t get connected with a deeper purpose. The motivating factor appears to be more the “chance to get away from home” or “I’m going to go where my friends are going”.
Indeed, it is all good that our children are expected to “go to college”. Yet the buy-in Continue reading
We have observed hundreds of parents with students in Middle School and High School preparing for college. In short, do you know what is missing? Fun. Yes, a three letter emotionally filled word. Fun. The frustration with college planning seems to have taken much of the enjoyment out of these important years in our lives; it is like so many parents have lost all sense of excitement when it comes to planning for college.
One of the deeper roots of this is lack of understanding how the complex college system works and Continue reading
Many parents are considering whether their student should go for a “gap year”. This is a year in which a graduate from either high school or college takes an amount of time – normally for six months or even for a full year – to “do something else”. The student/graduate then is a so-called “gapper”. The dynamics underlying a successful gap year may be an important factor in the college planning for parents and students.
During this time, students visit foreign counties, take a course (such as a language course or a special interest course) or volunteer to support an organization. Many too decide to spend a year in the work force – earning money and trying to discern what career field they want to pursue.
This strategy is prompted by a variety of motivations and a corresponding value Continue reading