I love getting to know my students and their families. I feel privileged to meet people who love one another so deeply, and who are committed to the student's future.
Lofty goals? Perhaps. But it is critical that we focus our college selection on this student in front of us. It helps our student refine their interest in pursuing further education, so that they know why they are going to college, especially when the student might not consider themselves to be an "ideal" student. College is a lot of work and costs a lot of money, and our student's vision for what they want out of college will help them work though the tough times that will be part of the wonderful experience of college.
My process begins with questionnaires that let me get to know the student, through their eyes and the eyes of their parents. I ask about likes, dislikes, hopes, worries, assumptions, and visions. I include a functional questionnaire for students who are concerned about inclusion and accommodations. I review academic records, extracurricular activities, any any relevant health records. And I listen. All this is to make sure that the student is at the center of the college selection process.
We can get all this done on whatever timeline you have available. I have students start the process anywhere from middle school through senior year. I recommend starting during sophomore or junior year to give the student the best opportunity to get comfortable with their priorities and with their college selections. It gives us time to find our voices, test out some colleges in person, and to get our application materials built in a timely manner. Please contact me if you are interested in my services on your collegiate journey.
Shepherding our children to adulthood demands our love, our attention, and our acceptance of who they are.