During the drive home we listened to music from the ‘80s (“How do you know all the lyrics, mom?”), laughed at a comedy album my son had downloaded, and did something we rarely made time to do in our text-filled, snapchatting, Instagramming lives: talked.
Somewhere along the line, parents were given the idea that the only way our children will be “successful” is if they attend Ivy League schools with huge price tags. That the only way we will be able to pat ourselves on the back for a job well done is if our kid is standing on a stage holding a four-year degree and giving us the thumbs up.
I am not against being a good student, and there are clear advantages to doing well in school. But you don’t need to be a top student or go to a highly selective college to have a successful and fulfilling life.
The terms aren’t as straightforward as they seem.
Tips for a Successful Double-Duty Trip & Questions to Ask Tour Guides
With so many schools to choose from and so many factors to consider, visiting colleges is a great way to begin your college search. Setting foot on a college campus for a firsthand look plays a big part in helping your student choose the best fit school to attend.
Choosing between the ACT and SAT is a pivotal decision that all college-bound high school students must make. One of the key steps in reaching an informed decision is to sit for an official practice test – the PreACT or PSAT – which give you a better idea of what to expect when you take the official college entrance exams.
Familiarize yourself with all of the details before making any choice based on a financial offer.
Cover the basics of the college search process.
Is visiting college campuses an essential part of the college search or a waste of time?
That question was raised in a recent “Living With Children” column by John Rosemond, the family psychologist, syndicated columnist and host of a radio show on parenting with the apt name Because I Said So!