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)
Senior Year Overview
The end is in sight… but in some respect, it’s really just the beginning. Remember that three short years ago, your son/daughter entered high school full of hopes and uncertainties, excitement and plans. This year is the time to see all of their (and your) hard work come together.
Identifying the right colleges, applying for college and then transitioning to college isn’t a task for the faint of heart; there are many moving pieces and important decisions to be made along the journey.
This year we’ll start by helping you and your senior create a checklist of tasks associated with completing their college applications. Remember that the college application is comprised of the “application” itself, high school transcripts, standardized test scores, and, in some cases, letters of recommendation and/or interviews. But don’t worry – we’ll help you keep track of it all!
Once that is all done we’ll begin the process of helping your teenager understand how to successfully transition to college by choosing the right school (they should plan on having multiple school offers J), surviving life in college dorms, and what you and your son or daughter can do when separation anxiety strikes.
It will then be time to focus on what it means to be a college student’s parent. If you thought the transition to high school was a big change, just wait. For the first time since they learned to walk and talk, your student will gain an all new independence and freedom. The increased responsibility will also help them grow: academically, socially, and personally.
Realize that no transition to college is without its bumps and twists – you should expect that throughout this year. But don’t worry, you’ll both learn how to handle those moments with grace and new found confidence (and hopefully with most of your hair still intact).
Make a Plan for College Applications
The college application process involves a number of steps and even supporting documents. We encourage you to apply to multiple colleges (often with slightly different requirements and schedules). So organization is key!
This month’s “DO” is to help your student stay on track with a schedule and perhaps a dedicated spreadsheet or folder for all of their college applications information.
This organization will help you and them to make sure that you don’t miss any important deadlines or necessary pieces of information!
School supplies, for a senior, really? Yep – it’s true. But now it is important to let your teenager take the lead. They should be well aware of the necessary supplies that help them stay organized and focused in class – besides, it’s good practice or college!
You’re starting the senior year! What goals do you have for yourself and your senior this year? Perhaps it’s all about cherishing the time this year or helping them with specific skill or simply learn a bit more about how the world works. This is your last year with them at home – be intentional about making the most of this time!
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