The college application
process is one of the most stressful times in your child's lifetime. The competition is daunting, the choices are overwhelming, and the VERY long and winding path to submitting a successful application tends to lead many toward continued procrastination. Yet, with every day that passes, the tension heightens. After all, you and your child have been preparing for this day for many, many years.
High school guidance counselors are simply unable to devote the time and direction each student needs and deserves as they embark on this life-changing journey.
I am a professional college admissions tutor and a volunteer admissions counselor for the University of Delaware. More important, my son and I have just finished living the entire college application process --- two weeks ago (8/24/2014), I dropped my son off for his freshman year as a Blue Hen! Attending the University of Delaware was his first choice, and we made it happen --- even though his guidance counselor told us it was a long shot and not to get our hopes up. It took a tremendous amount of time, work and research. We drove from Maine to Florida over the last couple of summers visiting over 40 universities and colleges.
There are secrets to obtaining admission that most don't know. Number one is that colleges and universities now measure the desire factor. A student can obtain a pre-admissions interview, or email
a professor and ask to attend a class, or participate in multiple pre-admission events. All of these count towards the desire factor and are tracked by the school's portal.
Number two is that the college essay
can make or break a student's acceptance. Number three is that financial aid is available to everyone and no decision should be made based on costs.
Rather than trying to force your teen to engage and/or work alone or with you on this process, my clients have found that having an outside tutor/friend/counselor that works with both the student and the parents - greatly eliminates the stress, and provides the student with an outlet to express their desires, dreams, fears, and ambitions.
I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to get started early!!! Your student should have an idea about what their essay
is going to be about.
Today, most students apply to 10 schools! Perhaps that is because the common app allows one to send to 10 schools. But to be absolutely clear, your student MUST have safety schools and reach schools. The earlier one sends in an application, the earlier one receives an answer (except for the ivies when all students are informed on the same date).
I welcome the opportunity to meet with you and your pre-college student. Your child CAN attend his/her first choice school, but it takes precise and deliberate actions for the desired result.
Please reach out to me. I'd love to help your family along this very important journey.