Getting answers to your questions about the college search… February 22nd, 2010 | 1 Comment

When I ask a group of teens the question, “What do you have yet to learn about finding the colleges that are the right fit for you?” there are a variety of answers… depending on the teens in the conversation.

Specifically, I have answered questions as varied as:

  • What’s the difference between a college and a university?
  • How do I handle a bad grade?  A bad semester?
  • It’s good to be involved in 6 or 7 extracurriculars, right?
  • What if I don’t know/haven’t decided about my major?
  • What’s the difference between early decision and early action?
  • Why isn’t summertime a good time to visit colleges?
  • What are schools looking for in students?
  • Should I do an interview?  When should I do the interview?
  • What types of financial aid are available?
  • Should I wait until after I am accepted at schools to visit them?
  • What if I don’t like my roommate?
  • What if I don’t like the school once I get there?

These are great questions because they are important to the teens I meet–and getting answers will lead to feeling more confident, which I believe, makes the process feel easier.  Answers to some of these questions were discussed in the previous post, though what’s most important is…

  • What are your questions?
  • How are you going to find the answers?
  • What resources are available to you?

Guidance counselors, family, friends, books, websites, coaches, and the colleges /admissions offices too!  Tell me your questions!  I’d be happy to email or talk about your concerns, so that you can approach your college search with a sense of adventure!

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