We know how important your involvement is in your child's education - we also know how difficult it can be to stay on top of all of the important steps in planning and preparing for college.
Below you'll find this month's content - LEARN (info to know), DO (action to take), and TIPS (insights for success)
Your student is sure she wants to apply to X College, but you aren’t sure if it will be a good fit. The school is far from home and you aren’t planning to visit unless she gets accepted. How can she be sure it’s the right school for her?
College Fairs – that’s your answer!
A college fair is a gathering of college representatives from colleges and universities that are there to meet with prospective students (and parents!) and help you all get better acquainted with the school and what it offers. Sometimes the fair can be smaller, regional fairs, like all schools from the Midwest. Other times they are they are national fairs and can include hundreds of colleges from coast to coast.
Is one type of fair better than the other? No, absolutely not. If a school your student is considering is at the college fair, it’s definitely worth your time.
These events are your chance to pick up brochures and ask questions about a variety of colleges from a college admissions representative – all in one place. In some cases, colleges are represented by full-time admissions officers from the campuses, while other times the tables are staffed by the colleges' alumni or current upperclassmen. However, no matter who is there, the fact that you stopped by matters.
Oftentimes these colleges have card for your student to fill out to show that they stopped by and are interested - make sure they do so! (Remember, have them provide the information, don’t do it for them!) Getting their name on their “prospective student” list shows interest. Demonstrating interest in a school is a huge factor in getting in: the more times they “touch” a school (visit campus, attend college fairs, meet with reps, email questions, interact on social media, etc), the more likely they are to get accepted.
Some college fairs also include information sessions for students and parents on topics like financial aid, as well as opportunities to talk with other professionals who can advise you on the college admissions process.
Are college fairs worth your time? Absolutely! Take advantage of them the right way and you’ll soon be able to decide with confidence which schools will be the best fit for your student and your family.
Attend a College Fair!
Now is your chance to attend a college fair with your son or daughter. College fairs take place throughout the fall and spring. Ask your high school counselor if they know of any at your school or a neighboring school. Even a simple internet search of college fairs in your area will get you started.
Remember that you are attending to support your teenager in learning about colleges. You can certainly ask questions and gather information – but let your son or daughter do most of the talking. If necessary, you can give them reminders beforehand of the question they should ask and how to politely interact with other adults. In many instances, this is really a first impression!
Time Management - Helping your student manage their schedules and time is important (even as Juniors!). Help them allocate the right amount of time for school and activities, based on their level of importance.
Friends and Frenemies - There is a vast difference. Help your student understand the difference. True friends share trust and build each other up, while frenemies knock each other down and sap your self-confidence. Help your student avoid toxic friendships.
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