The Future is Figureoutable

The Future is Figureoutable

My friend Amy recently shared with me that she tells her kids, "Everything is figureoutable." With most things in life, you can figure out a solution. While I knew this subconsciously, Amy's words struck a chord, and maybe more so now when we as parents consistently face decisions we have to make. Do we let our kids hang out with friends during the pandemic? Should I let them go to the pool? How will we navigate the school year when there are still questions to be answered? I tell myself, "I...

Summer Strategy: Boosting Your College  Application Game Plan

Summer Strategy: Boosting Your College  Application Game Plan

Summer break isn't just about relaxation and fun—it's an invaluable opportunity for high school students to bolster their college applications. By engaging in activities that showcase leadership, community involvement, and personal growth, students can stand out to admissions officers. Here are strategic ways teens can use their summer to make a strong impression: Take on Leadership Roles at Summer Camps Many summer camps offer opportunities for older teens to serve as counselors or assistant...

Inspiring Journeys Reveal Passions Through Trades

Inspiring Journeys Reveal Passions Through Trades

Picture this: A high school graduate torn between societal pressure to pursue a traditional four-year college degree and a growing curiosity about trade-based career paths. It's a scenario all too familiar for many young adults on the brink of adulthood. Yet, amidst the clamor of college brochures and campus tours lies a quieter but no less promising path—the world of trades. A recent survey revealed that nearly 60% of high school graduates who pursued trade careers reported feeling more...

Exploring Trade-Based Career Paths

Exploring Trade-Based Career Paths

In recent years, there's been a significant shift in the conversation around post-secondary education for high school graduates. While the traditional path to a four-year college degree is still widely promoted, there's growing recognition of the value and viability of trade-based career paths. For many students, these careers offer a fulfilling work life, financial stability, job security, and less debt from educational expenses. This guide explores the benefits of trade-based careers and...

Beyond Words: How Personal Branding Elevates Your College Application Story

Beyond Words: How Personal Branding Elevates Your College Application Story

Why Use the Power of Personal Branding in College Essays In today's fiercely competitive college admissions landscape, standing out is more crucial than ever for high school students. Yet, one powerful strategy often overlooked is the concept of personal branding in crafting college essays. Personal branding isn't just for entrepreneurs or influencers—it's a vital tool for students aiming to showcase their unique qualities and experiences memorably. In this blog, we'll explore how students can...

Conquer the College Essay:  A Guide to Early Preparation

Conquer the College Essay: A Guide to Early Preparation

Remember that sinking feeling you had in middle school when the teacher announced a surprise essay due tomorrow? Now imagine that same scramble but with your college future on the line. The college essay is a crucial element of your application, and while grades and activities matter, this is your chance to shine, tell your unique story, and rise above the crowd. For parents watching this process unfold, understanding the power of early preparation is key. Here's why starting well before...

Should You Go on a College Campus Tour Experience?

Should You Go on a College Campus Tour Experience?

Last week, on my birthday, I embarked on a campus tour adventure with my son, a high school junior. The excitement was palpable as we delved into this pivotal step of his college planning journey. Not only was it a special bonding opportunity, but it also provided invaluable insights into what lies ahead for my son's academic and personal growth. As we stepped onto the campus grounds, memories flooded back from my own days as a college tour guide. The scripted narratives and the eager...

Is Your Teen Clueless About Their Future? Here’s How to Spark Enthusiasm

Is Your Teen Clueless About Their Future? Here’s How to Spark Enthusiasm

How to Avoid the College Planning Scramble Did you know that when parents are asked about their aspirations for their teens when they reach adulthood, financial independence and career satisfaction rank among the highest? Roughly nine in ten parents say it’s extremely or very important and equally important that their teens have jobs or careers they enjoy. Also, parents worry their teen lacks direction for post-high school plans, and the college planning conversations lack direction. Is this...

How to Take Action Now for Your Teen’s Ideal Future: It’s Not Too Late

How to Take Action Now for Your Teen’s Ideal Future: It’s Not Too Late

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...

A Strategic Guide to Avoiding the Common Pitfalls in College Admissions for Parents

A Strategic Guide to Avoiding the Common Pitfalls in College Admissions for Parents

Transitioning from high school to the next phase of education or career is pivotal for teens and their families. As parents, your role in guiding and supporting your teen through this process is crucial. However, avoiding common pitfalls that complicate post-high school planning is more straightforward with the right approach. This blog aims to shed light on these pitfalls and offer practical advice on how parents can help teens navigate this crucial time effectively. Common Pitfalls in...