How to Organize an Extra 200 Hours in Your Teen’s Life

How to Organize an Extra 200 Hours in Your Teen’s Life

Do you have an extra 200 hours in your life? I don't. Does your teen? Probably not. Yet, that is how much time you should allow for the college application process. These hours do not include visiting colleges, researching majors, or SAT/ACT prep. These 200 hours are just the time it takes to write essays, fill out the applications, gather financial information, complete supplemental essays, and much more. I get stressed just thinking about it! If you have a very organized teen who stays on...

How To Get Your Teen To Stand Out In the Sea of College Applications

How To Get Your Teen To Stand Out In the Sea of College Applications

One of the biggest questions I get from parents is, what should my teen have on their college application to help them stand out from the thousands of other applicants? What are the "magic" words or activities that will increase their chances of getting accepted?  Unfortunately, no magic word or particular activity will have the admissions person say, "Yes, this is the one we have been looking for to come to our school!" It will vary by college, and it can vary from year to year, depending on...

Making Your Guidance Counselor Visit Count

Making Your Guidance Counselor Visit Count

There has been a lot of focus on teachers lately, and rightly so.  They are doing a great job, quickly pivoting with the changes recently made to the way our kids learn. What normally would take a year to implement, they are doing in less than a month. I also want to talk about guidance counselors.  Like teachers, they have a lot on their plate and have also had to pivot.  Here are just a few of their responsibilities: testing administering transcripts counseling coordinating with state...

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 OUT of going to college. This concept was mind-blowing for Bert. He had never thought about it because, like many of us, we were told, “you are going to college!”...

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 schedules, we need to make sure we’re staying on top of college planning. Here are a few tasks, by grade level, for you what your teen should be focused on now. Seniors Decide where you want to apply and find out...

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 lie, I am glad they are going back. I do enjoy the fact that they are learning new things they can share around the dinner table. They are involved in after school activities that help them discover and expand their...

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're probably wondering, when will they decide what to do after high school? What will they major in? It can be hard to choose a college major if your teen has no idea what career they want. Yet to pick the right college, choosing a career path is an important step. A recent study found that two-thirds of college students struggle to launch their careers after graduation. The third that were successful knew their major when they...

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 my ideas in case you missed it. Let’s talk about why colleges ask applicants to write an essay. Think of a college like a business. They bring in candidates for open positions.  For each position,...

What I Have Learned Working with Teenagers

What I Have Learned Working with Teenagers

Last year, I held workshops for teens called College and Career Action Planning. I always feel such joy when I see a teenager get excited. I love it when they see the path forming of what they will do after high school. Let me be real, though. Most kids come to the workshop because their parents said, “You are doing this.” I call these teens "reluctant learners." The parent is frustrated because their kid has no idea what they want to do. They want them to take some initiative and plan for...

Ensuring Your Teen Doesn’t Struggle After College

Ensuring Your Teen Doesn’t Struggle After College

I have dreams for my kids and my life. I envision them happily graduating from high school, then attending college which launches them into a career that they thrive in. They are living on their own, making money, and enjoying life. My husband and I are happy and enjoying our retirement years. Do you have the same dreams for your kids and your life? I am sure you do. Unfortunately, that is not the reality for most college graduates and their parents. Jeff Selingo, an author about higher...