College Post #1
Well, I can’t say when I started this blog 5 years ago as my son was starting 4th grade I ever dreamed I’d be making a post about college. But… we obsessors need to start thinking ahead, right?
So maybe we start with just a general discussion of some questions and answers and things to think about in terms of gearing our kids towards the best/right college?
My college application experience was kind of weird. As I may have mentioned, I had a knack for standardized test (that if my son is lucky as a CPS student he’ll inherit.) My SAT scores got me lots of mail from good colleges, but my grades and activities didn’t really match the test scores. Nor did I have any inclination to leave the state. And my parents didn’t really push the issue at all. Basically I was allowed to choose from Purdue and Indiana University. I knew I’d get in so I recall preparing my application for IU and getting pizza sauce on it and not really caring.
So… I imagine the process will be a bit different than that for my son. There seems to be so much pressure these days to be amazing and a leader and interesting and smart and studious and committed academically. I mean, there are still colleges in Illinois where kids who aren’t all that academic can go, right? And how high do we reach in terms of price/reputation? So many questions but I’ve got years to figure this out. At least I’ve calmed down a lot about the high school process.
Share your questions and thoughts about college applications and we can discuss.
Also, Chicago School GPS posted about this upcoming seminar:
I encourage anyone curious about pre-college to come to a FREE seminar about “College 101- Making the Most of Your High School Career” on May 22 @ 7PM at Lakeshore Sport & Fitness. Sponsored by NPN and primarily presented by Lighthouse College Planners, it is all about the fact that frankly, what our kids do in high school definitely affects their smooth transition (or not) to college.
It’s geared toward not only incoming freshmen or sophomore parents but anyone curious, including middle school parents starting to wonder about paving a smooth path to college.
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