4 College Campus Visit Must Knows

Welcome to the Podcast:  "Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST. GOT. EASIER.
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Mom:  "Honey, you are a HS freshman now.  Grades will count starting NOW
               toward  college and/or jobs."  
HS Child: "I know, I know.  I'll get on it."
Mom: [sighs]

I've heard this scenario played out with many, many a High School student.  

Of course, there is so much more to life after High School than grades, college, and a career but to get there?  They need to get an "edge" and prepare sooner rather than later.  It doesn't have to be intensive, but it does need to happen.  Times have changed since we were their age.  Our parenting skills need to evolve as well.  

So - - - how to get them thinking about their future - now?

There IS a way to drive home the importance of life after high school, even as early as their freshman...

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Now What?

After working with countless high school students on potential career research, here is what I can report to we parents:

  • Our kids do have amazing career dreams
  • They have no idea what that potential career really requires
  • They are often shocked when they find out

 What happens then?

  • Are they heading in the wrong career direction?
  • Can they afford the career they are aiming for? (from the salary to the yrs of school ahead)?
  • Do they waste 2-4 years at the wrong college?

 What’s a parent to do?

1st:  Make a list.
As you probably know, our big parent move/wish is for every parent to make a “list” of things you want your “nearly flown” to experience and learn before they fly off.  It’s that gap between what they are learning in school vs. what we teach naturally at home that often trips we parents up.

Getting your child to research potential careers pays huge dividendswhen you place it on your “to-do” list for your...

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Still waiting on "that" college to accept your teen? Here's a Plan B to deploy

The "accepted" phone call didn't happen.  The email didn't come. 
The "acceptance" letter didn't come.  The website portal didn't update.
 
Other seniors were getting acceptances.  
But at our house? 
Well, time marched on....at our house.
 
This scenario plays out - everywhere.  It played out at our house.  We've seen it play out at many a student's house.  What do you do as you impatiently wait?

 Consider a Plan B Idea

Each school and situation is different, of course.  Consider these ideas.  

Point A:  It Isn't Over.

If your teen is still waiting to hear, then the positive is that they are still waiting to hear. It isn't a NO, it's a not yet.  That's the good news.  Every school operates differently, and uses different parameters on how many offers to extend.  Just remember, your teen is in the "not yet" category until you hear differently.

Point B: Send another Recommendation...

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3 Must Knows for Great Teacher Recommendations

What every parent wants to hear is . . . 

"Sign that young lady up!"
"Gotta have him at this school."
"Wow, this child sounds amazing."
 
And of course . . . 
"That kid must have great parents!" 
 
Every year our teens go in search of recommendations.  Whether it is to get into college, that organization, or that job, getting great written support letters are more actively sought than tickets to the latest hot-commodity pop star's concert.  (Side bonus point here:  this information can work for we parents too when we need to solicit support!)
 

How Do Our Teens Get Good Recommendations from Superiors?

It won't come as any surprise that having set up a good relationship first, where the teacher really knows your teen, is the best advice.  Perhaps your teen has already done so.  If not, the double payoff of helping your teen learn self-confidence through talking with their teachers and ultimately helping them when the...
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Does College Location Matter?

Short answer?  It might.   
Big City, USA or Small Town USA?

Are you planning campus visits soon?

There is so much coming at you and your nearly-gone teen that it can make anyone’s head swim.  It’s much better to swim instead of sink without enough information.  

There are, of course, many factors that go into which college to attend, from financial to “my best friend” is going there.  But allow us to introduce you to a twist in thinking that every parent/student should consider.

Flash Forward to College Graduation Day

Does your shiny new grad have options?  Did they have internships and were they able to network with those in their chosen industry while in college?  Is the local community of this college thriving?  How active and successful is this college’s College Placement Center? 

We know, this might seem strange.  You are dealing with just helping them get into college. But there's...

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The $100,000+ Question

Carrie:  Mom, I’d like to go to ABC College, I think.
Mom:   Honey, how much does it cost?
Carrie:  Well, their website says it is $25,000 per year plus incidentals. 
Mom:   Incidentals?  Let’s assume that’s $5,000 for transportation, clothing and miscellaneous.
Carrie:  Ok, that’s $30,000 per year.
Mom:   {pauses}
Mom:   Honey, is it worth $120,000 to do this?

The above conversation is happening everywhere.  

But generally, what conversation is NOT happening? 

One week later the smart mom asks . . .  

Mom:  honey, after applying scholarships, loans and the like, we are still looking at $25,000/yr which puts us at $100,000+ for four years.
Carrie: Mom, does that work for us?
Mom:  We will try to swing it with your help, of course. 
Mom:  {pause}
Mom:  Honey, have you thought about whether college is right for what you want to do?

 So what do...

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Do those last remaining lessons for your nearly-grown offspring feel like . . .

SUMMARY

HELP!  Many a parent of a nearly-grown child feels there is still so much more to teach them, but need a creative idea on how to tackle it all.  

We've been there with our kids.  Despite our passion for helping parents and kids this age, we hit the wall (so to speak) on  how to get their attention to listen to those last critical lessons.  They didn't always want to listen to us.  

That's when we realized that we, or more specifically our kids, had/have a SECRET WEAPON to use.  Your kids (and you) have it too but odds are you haven't recognized it for what it is.  

But before we get to this SECRET WEAPON, if you didn't get a chance to view/read a prior session we taught that relates to this where we covered how to build confidence in our kids, and why our kids have such a challenge with this at their age, and what is the first move you can make to start that confidence ball rolling, Start with THIS to build confidence

Now about that...

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Moving? Comparing city/job $ offers? Here's How.

SUMMARY

What to do BEFORE you (or your graduate) packs and moves . . . !

Is someone in your family, perhaps you or your graduating child, considering moving to a new city(s) and contemplating the salary offer(s) involved?

The offer may sound perfect or maybe it doesn't.  Either way, how much buying power does it have when compared to your current city or any other city you might be considering?

Do you want to avoid mistakes, create a leg up on negotiation tactics?  Then this article is tailor-made for you.  

The cost of living varies GREATLY between cities.  One mom of our students said:

"My child was so excited to be heading to CA.  He is working out his spending plan, just like your course teaches, and put in the $ amount it takes to get an apartment - with 4 roommates no less.  I nearly fell through the floor.  His "apartment rent" (just his 1/4 portion) is MORE than my house payment.  My house has a front and back yard, and more square...

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The Bike Side

 

You should have seen my to-do list the summer before sending my oldest to college. People laugh at my lists, but I have found the older I get, the more I don’t want to “think”.  I just want to “do” when under a crunch deadline.  Lists made in my less stressful time always pay off for me…or so I thought.

It might be interesting to note that our college student’s bike came back home to us in the first 3 weeks as “not needed.”  

Such a blow to my ego!

College Money Management – what to consider about bikes

Nearly every parent will have this discussion:  does my college kid need a bike? Many students envision themselves a Lance Armstrong wanna-be (ok, hopefully the Lance-type before we knew about his drug issues), and think they will simply bike to all their classes. Not necessarily true. You might want to run a check on the following:

  • How “on-time” does the campus bus system (if any)...
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How to Organize Those College Applications

College Applications Wearing You Down?  
Make it Easier to Track
 
Is it too late to apply for College for FALL 2018??? 
No!  Check out this article by www.collegesimply.com which has a list of who/what/where and how much time you have left.  
2018 College Application Deadlines

Now that you have time left - - here's how to organize those applications.  

If you are a high school junior or senior – or have one living in your home, you've probably spent large amounts of time working on college applications. It is definitely a “labor” of love because many high schoolers apply to seven or more colleges these days. College counselors have been haranguing your juniors all last year to get those applications in as soon as possible. The mantra is that the earlier it is submitted, the better chance for acceptance. The process can be overwhelming, since each application has lots of moving parts. Most applications must be accompanied by a...

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