Your teenager might have a college or two in mind that she’s considering for admissions.
Or maybe she doesn’t have any idea at all – she has a hard time even beginning to think about a list of potential colleges.
No doubt – this is challenging. There are 4,000 potential schools out there. That’s a lot of options, and it can take some serious effort and dedication to find the perfect college match.
So it’s no wonder your teen’s a little paralyzed and overwhelmed in the process.
Even if she’s got some ideas about college choices, she may not yet have a good way to determine whether those choices are the best for her.
So, from here-on-out and first-things-first, show some empathy for your kid – recognize that this whole college search process is intimidating and overwhelming.
She’ll be a whole lot more responsive and interested in your guidance if you do.
Our goal: to help your teen to find the best possible personal college fit.
This will be where she’ll feel comfortable socially and academically.
This is where she’ll thrive. Where she’ll be happy.
Going to college will be one of the most significant experiences in your teen’s life. And it’s just as much about the experience as it is about the education.
The blog posts that I’ll be releasing in the coming weeks will give you steps to help your teen begin building that college list with confidence, knowing that she’s choosing schools that are a great personal match for her personality, learning style, location preference and social and academic interests.
First, though, a disclaimer: There are no perfect colleges.
Yep, I said it.
College tour guides, admissions folks, college mailers – they’ll try to convince you otherwise. That’s marketing.
This whole process is about your teenager finding the best possible fit based on her own interests, abilities, values, aspirations and preferences.
There are so many great-fit schools for your teen – not just one. And it’s never perfect.
But here’s the key: The more your teen understands about herself and the more she knows about colleges, the better the college fit will be.
There’s no perfect college, but there are plenty of colleges at which she’ll be perfectly happy.
That’s what we’re aiming for. Right, Mom?
(It’s all we ever aim for.)
In next week’s post, I’ll be talking all about the mindset your teen needs to really understand to make the most of the college search.
So make sure you’re tuned in and ready to read on…
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