Last week I spoke with Jacob about lessons he had learned during his college admissions process. This week it’s equal time for his mom, Karen.
Over the last several years I have hosted a “Veterans and Virgins” lunch where I bring together veterans – parents who have recently gone through the process and virgins – parents about to enter the college admissions process. It’s always interesting. I didn’t do it yet this year, but Karen would be a wonderful contributor. Here’s what she had to say:
But… the downside to starting early is that by the time we got to the application process in senior year, Jacob didn’t always remember the details, despite some written notes. The schools start to blur together.
Do more Internet research to learn about schools that you cannot visit or that are perhaps under the radar.
The individual personalities and styles of the admissions official (presenting the information session) and student tour guide greatly affected our impression of the school. It’s very unfortunate that a single person has so much influence, but it happens. Find a way to counteract a bad impression due just to the presentation – and good luck changing your teenager’s mind!
Have a game plan for spring break of senior year. You’ll make final decisions in April and cannot possibly visit all the schools in one week, so determine up front what you want to accomplish that week.
Apply to state schools with “rolling admissions” so you immediately have some acceptances and a great sense of relief.