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!