Is your teen stressed about college applications? You’re not alone! A study by The Princeton Review showed that 74% of parents feel anxious about their child’s college admissions process. Between AP classes, dual enrollment, and those competitive acceptance rates, it’s no wonder! But here’s the good news: even if you feel behind, it’s never too late to get started on a successful college planning journey.

The number one question I hear from parents is, “Are we too late in post-high school planning for my teen?” The truth is, the pressures are everywhere. With so many options, it’s easy to feel like you’re falling behind the curve.

However, as parents, it’s crucial to remember that it’s never too late to take meaningful action. Here are some actionable steps you can take right now to kickstart your teen’s future and reap the benefits of getting a head start on specific tasks:

1.  Determine Potential Career Options: 

Have a conversation with your teen about their career interests. Research job outlooks, salaries, and education requirements for those careers. Schedule informational interviews with professionals in those fields.

2.  Create a College List Together:

Sit down with your teen to create a list of potential colleges. Consider factors like location, size, available majors, and campus culture. Encourage them to research each school online and connect with current students or alums.

3.  Explore Financial Aid Options:

Familiarize yourself with financial aid options such as FAFSA, scholarships, grants, and work-study programs. Many scholarships have early deadlines, so starting early can pay off in the long run.

4.  Plan Campus Visits:

Schedule visits to the top colleges on your teen’s list, either in person or virtually. These visits can be crucial in helping your teen determine if a college feels like the right fit.

5.  Encourage Early Summer Essay Writing:

Essay writing can be one of the most time-consuming aspects of college applications. To reduce stress during the school year, encourage your teen to start brainstorming and drafting essays during the summer.

6.  Take Advantage of Test Prep Resources: If your teen plans to take standardized tests like the SAT or ACT, consider enrolling them in a test prep course or utilizing free online resources.

We understand that navigating financial aid options, crafting stellar essays, and managing deadlines can feel overwhelming. That’s where My Ideal College comes in. Our team of experts can help you with every step, from brainstorming career paths to creating a personalized college list and tackling those applications. Don’t wait any longer! Schedule a College Assessment Plan call to see how we can transform your teen’s college anxiety into an exciting roadmap for their future.

Here is what Candace Holmes, a parent, had to say about our services.

Let me tell you! Navigating college applications and essays for your high school senior while working full-time plus having other responsibilities is no laughing matter. Before working with Laurie and her team, I was super stressed out about my daughter’s college admissions applications and associated essays. Making sure that she kept on top of those deadlines, including scholarships and grants, was way too much for me, especially knowing how our children don’t always listen to what we, as parents, say to them. I decided to hire Laurie. After hiring Laurie, a HUGE weight was lifted off my shoulders! My daughter was in contact with her and her team throughout the process. She had other adults holding her accountable and guiding her through it all. Game changer for both of us and our household! After working with Laurie and her team, my daughter now writes more effectively, is confident in her college choice, and has up-leveled her communication and event management skills. I couldn’t be happier! If you are where I was, then call Laurie! She’ll make that whole process easy and seamless.

Remember, feeling uncertain is normal, but with a proactive approach, you and your teen can navigate this process successfully. Together, you can transform these concerns into an exciting journey toward their future education and career goals.