How to Keep Your Sanity During the College Application Process

How to Keep Your Sanity During the College Application Process

The following newsletter is written by Glenda Augustine of Ask Glenda! K-College Educational Strategist: Senior year is here and everyone, including me, has opinions and advice. My advice after going through the process with four kids and children of friends and family over the past 10 years: Stay focused ONLY on your child not your child's classmates! Your child may push you away, tell you “This is my process and I got it”, share everything or nothing. There will be yelling and crying. No way can you devote energy focusing on anyone elses college choices! Yes, you have a wonderful, intelligent child and no one knows him or her better than you, but they have to work with their schools college counselor for better or worse and that's another reason why worrying about another student is a waste of time. (There are times you may have to seek a private counselor, but that's a whole other article!) You, as the parent, should oversee the list your...
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How to Get Off a College Waitlist

How to Get Off a College Waitlist

All is not lost if your teen gets waitlisted. Colleges offer applicants spots on their wait list during the regular admission periods, but those applicants typically won't hear about being admitted until after May 1 (the deadline for accepted seniors to secure their spot with their deposit.) Admissions officers make their final decision on whether there are any openings left in the next freshman class among those who are admitted but choose not to attend. If your teen is wait-listed, that means that your student is competitive among that school's pool of applicants. After the May 1 deadline, the admissions officers will go back and reexamine your teen's application and other students on the wait list. Read on to find out the five recommended steps to make wait-listed acceptance a potential reality: Accept or reject a place on the wait list. This is done online or by sending in a postcard. If your teen accepts, be certain that the school is definitely a...
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