There are a few steps in the college search process that are needed to create a list of schools that are a great fit.
Your teen needs to:
- Determine what makes her happy, what her preferences are.
- Research colleges to find those that match those preferences. Compare them.
- Narrow the list to determine which are truly the right fit.
We’re going to focus on that first, critical step in the process today to build a great foundation. This is where the whole college search process begins in understanding what the “best college fit” for your teen actually is.
Ready to get this going? Let’s do this.
MINDSET: Help your teen understand that she has control.
It can be tempting to give in to what others say when it comes to choosing a college.
College ranking lists, pamphlets and emails from schools are all part of the marketing that colleges do to convince teens that their school is the very best college to attend. Friends and family with positive intentions can also be highly influential.
Thing is, it’s so important for your kid to remember that this is HER game right now.
Remind your teen that colleges do not decide anything for her. Control only shifts over to college admissions officers once she submits applications to her best-fit schools.
Your teen is making her own choices for her own future.
Help her to understand this – put it in perspective. This might be a tough concept to grasp, because it’s very likely one of the first, biggest decisions that she has to make.
It’s completely up to her. (With a little guidance from you, of course.)
And what an absolutely empowering feeling that is!
Download The College Fit Toolkit workbook for your teen. It’ll take her through questions to help uncover personal preferences prior to diving into the college search.
Stay tuned for Steps 2, 3 and 4 in the coming weeks as we dig deeper into helping your teen find the best college match.
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