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The importance of early prep for college admission

Aside from the importance of doing well academically, building an impressive extracurricular resume and performing well on the SAT or ACT, there is a huge amount of work students must complete in order to gain college admission. Unfortunately, students are only aware of a small percentage of the work they will need to do. Parents are also unaware.

Most families tell me that their vision of what they need to do to get a student into college is complete college applications and financial aid forms. With that vision of the process, students often put off completing their college applications because they believe that they will only need a small amount of time to complete a few forms.

Graduating from College this Spring?


Talking to second semester college seniors this spring, I have been floored by the number of them who have NOT taken advantage of the career services for which they and their parents are paying at their colleges and universities. The career service is one of the most important services at the college. Their services enable students to be job-ready in terms of resume, interview skills and attending on campus interviews set up by the colleges for them.

Contrary to popular belief, the career services offices are not just for seniors.

The Undecided Placebo

Do you really have to know exactly what you want to do in college? Can't you just enter college as an undecided student? 

Of course you can enter college undecided. Truly, many of the students who enter college as "decided" are not truly definite on what they want to do. However, the extent that it is possible to narrow down what your likely general areas of study in college will be (STEM, Business, Humanities, Social Sciences) helps tremendously in college selection. Colleges differ in focus and the extent to which they offer areas of study. Having a general idea of strength and talent can help families choose the best colleges for a student and minimize the need to transfer later or take an extra year to graduate.

Why I do what I do

People frequently ask me why I like working with teens and helping them get ready for college. My answer is that it is exciting to see the potential in people and to have a hand in helping them get to places they never imagined they could go.

Student skills are evolving and so is the world they are entering. Their opportunities look nothing like what was available or possible for their parents. The cost of getting ready for a bright career has also changed and there are strategies to deal with that.

Do what you love

Teens are focusing more and more on careers where they would love going to work every day. Most feel if they can love what they do, they will never feel like they are working. An encouraging trend is that their parents are allowing them to choose the thing they love rather than forcing them into a career because of job vacancy rates.

The wisdom in both the student and parent point of view is that job vacancy rates change dramatically and students who are majoring in what they love are more likely to graduate from college and find employment.