The college preparation and application process requires high school students to use new skills for the first time. It does not seem fair that some of those new skills are not taught to students prior to the time they must use them.
My favorite example is the essay that students must write to apply for admission to college. I asked Joan Turner, a writer whose career includes teaching high school English and journalism, why students seem to struggle so much with their college admission essays.
The preparation process for successful college admission and obtaining scholarships to help pay for college begins long before the senior year of high school.
There are specific tasks that parents should encourage their children to learn and practice long before high school so that they can successfully continue them in high school. Those tasks are:
- volunteering in their community and school
- joining school clubs related to their interests
- seeking leadership positions in organizations to which they belong