We as parents with college-bound students often feel overwhelmed and anxious with the pre-college process. We ask ourselves: who can help us? Who are the best college planners in our area?
Driving this sense of insecurity are questions such as: How do we figure out which is best college is for our child? Do we need to hire a tutor for our child? How and when do we apply to college? Will our child get accepted into their first-choice school? How can we best afford college? What should we be doing now to help our child? How can we be assured that the decisions we make today will benefit our child in the best possible way?
These are all legitimate concerns. However, the wonderful thing is, you as parents are the best people to decide the appropriate college preparation approach with your child!
Part of the sales cycle for the college consulting and the tutoring industries is to play on the insecurities of the parents. This insecurity is greatly due Continue reading
Deciding which college to attend is a big deal in most families. As parents, we often want to leave the college-decision up to our child. This sounds all find and good. The same holds true for the pre-college process. For the most part, we expect our children make the best choices leading up to the college decision.
However, when we realize that only about half the students starting four-year colleges will finish with a Bachelor’s Degree within six years, at two-year colleges, only about a third of the students finish with an Associate’s Degree (or Certificate) within three years of studies, we might want to reconsider this approach. If the poor graduation rates are not enough to raise a yellow flag, just look around at how the $1.4 trillion student debt is impacting families and friends.
While we understand the desire for parents to have the child make the decision, we want to express our reservations of having kids lead the college preparation process. I think most us parents, looking back, Continue reading
Summer vacation is upon us. A parent recently shared with me: “Our high school has planned a college visit; our son will be going on that”. In retrospect, I think it was not so much of a “sharing” – but much more of a “deferring”. The responsibility for the college preparation process is being delegated or deferred to the high school.
In the past few years it has become much more common that high schools are organizing visits to colleges. In our experience, these college visits tend to be to local colleges. They are colleges that Continue reading
Many High Schools have taken on a self-supposed aura as a “college prep school”. Indeed, most parents are more than willing to bestow this upon them. As a result, parents relinquish the responsibility of preparing their kids for college to the teachers and counselors. They think that “how to prepare for college in high school” should be directed first and foremost towards the student, and their children’s guidance comes practically only from the schools. This central misdirection, we believe, is a root cause for the low college graduation rates, crushing student loan Continue reading