My Ideal College Blog
  • I’m Not Forcing My Kid to Go to College

    I’m Not Forcing My Kid to Go to College

    During my commute this morning, I was listening to a local radio show. Typically, I only half pay attention to it as I’m driving. BUT, this morning they were talking about a subject that made me pull over and dial in. The host, Bert Weiss, shared that many of his friends are talking their kids…Read More »
  • Are you guiding your teen in the right direction?

    Are you guiding your teen in the right direction?

    I recently had a worried mom, Ruth, reach out to me. She said “Our daughter Hasana is a junior at UGA. She says she hates her classes and wants to drop out. We want her to get her degree, but we are at a loss on how to help her. We have already invested thousands…Read More »
  • How Picking a College is Like Disney+

    How Picking a College is Like Disney+

    I have been waiting for months for this week to come. The launch of Disney+! Opening the app on my TV felt like I was opening a present on Christmas morning. All the movies that have been in the Disney “vault” were finally at my disposal – Mary Poppins, Dumbo, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast.…Read More »
  • A Simple Way to Help Your Teen’s Future

    A Simple Way to Help Your Teen’s Future

    I was chatting with a mom whose teen attended my College and Career Action Planning workshop. We were discussing the careers her teen chose, which were Architect and Graphic Designer. Both of these careers matched her interests. Plus, the job outlook and salaries were in line with what she wanted. The mom wanted to know…Read More »
  • Yes Son, Colleges Do Look at Your Social Media

    Yes Son, Colleges Do Look at Your Social Media

    I attended Parent Night at my son’s high school last week. These types of events are a great opportunity to chat with guidance counselors, learn about how to help your teen with the college application process, and upcoming events like financial aid, which is a MUST for parents. Check out my article, The Best Way…Read More »
  • Don’t Let College Planning Fall Apart

    Don’t Let College Planning Fall Apart

    For many of us, either our teens are already in school or just about to start. Once it begins, we get into the hustle and bustle of our regular routines. We make sure our teens get to school, take them to band or sports practices, and ensure they get their homework done. Amid our busy…Read More »
  • Why Teens Must Determine Their Future

    Why Teens Must Determine Their Future

    In one of my recent posts, I shared how we help teens identify careers that they will love. This will help them find the right college for them. Someone commented, “I think we need to stop pressuring kids to pick a path at 18. Take general courses, then find your passion. I was 40 before…Read More »
  • How to Get Your Teen to Take Accountability

    How to Get Your Teen to Take Accountability

    My son woke up and said with a sigh, “It’s the last day of summer vacation.” Then he followed up with, “thank God for weekends.” As a parent, I am a little sad that summer break is over. I like being able to spend time together and the flexible schedule summer provides. But I can’t…Read More »
  • Four Questions to Ask Your Teen About Their Future

    Four Questions to Ask Your Teen About Their Future

    Your teen’s high school days seem to be flying by and like me, you are wondering when they will decide their plans after high school. What will they major in? It can be hard to choose a major if your teen has no idea what career they seem themselves in down the road. Yet, to…Read More »
  • The Why and How of College Essays

    The Why and How of College Essays

    Last week, I provided ideas on how to help your teen when they’re reluctant to write their college essay. I fully empathize with these teens, as writing does not come naturally to me. Remember, the process doesn’t have to start with a blank screen or a piece of paper. You can click here to read…Read More »
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