Parents of high school seniors… how are you doing as the college application deadline is drawing near? Do you find yourself doing application tasks on behalf of your student? If so, you’re not alone, but please – stop! Your child does want to go to college, so eventually, s/he will (before November 1), rise to the occasion and take action!
Since most deadlines are looming, as an alternate to nagging, ask your student if s/he would like to host a college app. party. The social could include/be:
- The friends reading each other’s essays and offering feedback and edits. (If the friends have been close the past few years, they know each other very well, and can remind each other of the positive things they have done, which will help each student highlight accomplishments and achievements.)
- The students sharing application insights from the things they learned during campus visits, tours, and meetings with admissions representatives.
- Conversations about the price of tuition, fees, living expenses, the FAFSA, financial aid, and loans.
- The positive momentum needed for each student to complete the application process.
In the end, you’ll be the hero parent (family) for bringing it all together and assisting in getting it all done!