For students and parents, the results of the college admissions process can be both exciting and painful. There are the happy surprises at being accepted into the dream school. Or sadness and shock at not getting into that school that you ‘knew’ was a shoe-in.
Once all the acceptances, rejections, and deferments are tallied, the family is faced with the stark realization that now is the time to choose your future. The May 1 deadline is only a few days away.
For some of my students, the choice was easy, as they got into their dream school. For others, the college decision involves further analysis of the college’s programs, extra-curricular activities, and even a look at the predicted weather forecasts for the next year.
Some of my students and families based their decision solely on finances. Still others agonize and second-guess their decisions.
“I don’t know, Mrs. Keilholtz. You pick the school for me,” said one of my students.
Although I won’t pick a college for any student, I can empathize with their dilemma. Throughout the years, I’ve developed six tips that to reassure both students and families that they’ve made the decision: