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...

From Overwhelm to Action: A Strategic Approach to College Selection

From Overwhelm to Action: A Strategic Approach to College Selection

Transitioning from high school to college marks a significant milestone for teens and their families. Amidst the excitement and anticipation, the journey is often accompanied by a sense of overwhelm. Both students and parents share this feeling as they navigate the complexities of college planning. Understanding these common concerns and taking proactive steps can make the process more manageable and less stressful for everyone involved. The overwhelming nature of college planning arises from...

From Exploration to Empowerment: Your Teen’s Journey Through Internships and Camps

From Exploration to Empowerment: Your Teen’s Journey Through Internships and Camps

Navigating the complex world of career exploration can be daunting for parents and teenagers. As a parent, you want to provide your teenager with opportunities that align with their interests and offer them a glimpse into the professional world they may one day enter. Finding camps or internships in the career field your teen is interested in is a fantastic way to support their exploration and growth. Understanding Your Teen's Interests The first step in finding the right camp or internship is...

Navigating the STEM Path: Key Conversations Between Teens and High School Counselors

Navigating the STEM Path: Key Conversations Between Teens and High School Counselors

Recently, I've noticed many parents seeking guidance on high school STEM programs across social media platforms. Determining whether your teen should enroll in such a program involves several considerations. While your teen's passion and commitment are paramount, the guidance provided by their high school counselor can significantly influence their educational trajectory. To ensure your teen capitalizes on opportunities and stays on course for a fulfilling STEM career, here are key questions...

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Practical Paths: Navigating Trade-Based STEM Opportunities for Students

Practical Paths: Navigating Trade-Based STEM Opportunities for Students

Last week, we delved into the world of STEM and its significance for high schoolers. In case you missed it, catch up here. STEM fields offer many opportunities, fostering innovation and the potential for impactful contributions. While many high schools nationwide boast STEM academies geared towards college-bound students, trade-based STEM careers are an intriguing alternative worth exploring.  These hands-on vocations provide a practical pathway to success for teens who thrive outside the...

Inspiring Innovation: Introducing Your Teen to STEM

Inspiring Innovation: Introducing Your Teen to STEM

As parents, you're constantly seeking opportunities to pave the way for your children's success. In today's fast-paced world, understanding and embracing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education is more crucial than ever. Let's explore what STEM entails and why teens need to consider diving into these fields. Defining STEM STEM isn't just a buzzword—it's a holistic approach to learning that integrates science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This...