While people will have different ideas of the ideal college and program, there are a few things that everyone should do when planning for college. Often it can be difficult to know what to do, let alone how to make the right decision. The following are definite ways you should not prepare for college!
Use A Magic Eight Ball
Don’t be tempted to leave your decision up to fate! For many, college options can seem so overwhelming that using a Magic Eight Ball or divining rod seems like a reasonable way to make a choice on which college to attend. With so much time and money that will be invested in this decision, you need to make an informed choice. Doing research, talking to others and sitting down with guidance counselors or college planners are all important ways to gain information about what options are right for your student. In fact, scheduling a meeting with one of these professionals is an important first step in making an informed decision for post-secondary education.
Stay At Home
You would be surprised at the number of students and parents who decide which school to go to without having been to college fairs or even having visited the campus! Course descriptions and types of programs are only one part of the puzzle- other factors like campus layout, extracurricular activities available and meal options at the cafeteria are also important aspects of a positive college experience. Both students and parents should be actively involved in the education, and should make sure to set aside time for campus visits.
Keep Your Opinions to Yourself
Without open communication about college options, you may be in for a nasty surprise, especially if your student is expecting to major in Video Game Production, but you’re looking for the next family doctor. Choosing a college is a decision that should be made jointly between parents and their students; involving students in planning activities from the start can ensure that a decision is reached which everyone can agree on.
Spend All Your Money
College is expensive these days, but that doesn’t mean you have to foot the bill yourself. Your guidance counselor or college planner is well-versed in the types of scholarships, awards and grants that are available to help finance your college education. These funds can often be augmented by student employment or educational plans. Figure out a financial action plan that can help reduce the burden of college education.
Avoid Taking Tests
If there is a college program that doesn’t require an SAT score, chances are your student will find it. While taking college admission tests can be a lot of work and pressure, the study habits and revision