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How to Help Your High School Senior With College Applications



The transition from high school to college can be intimidating for some people–especially if they’re the first in their family to attend. But regardless of whether or not you have had the opportunity to go, you can be a wonderful resource for your child. Here’s how to help them navigate the process.


Help Them Identify Potential Colleges

The very first thing you need to do is to look into what the options are. That’s going to be different for every child. A lot of factors are going to affect the kinds of colleges they will realistically want to apply to. Your economic situation is one (although this can definitely be helped by scholarships or, if necessary, student loans).

Their grades and test scores are another. Last, if your child has a specific career option or subject that they want to explore, they may want to select a university based on the quality of the program in question.


Help Them Make a Good Impression

A solid application is essential if you want to give your child a shot at making it in. If they are okay with it, you might want to sit down with them and walk them through the process at least once. That way, they’ll know generally what to do for other applications. It’s important to make sure your child includes all of the relevant personal information and history.

Many scholarship applications require a resume. Make sure that they are unafraid to talk about their experiences and accomplishments in the application essays. If you’re not sure how best to guide them, it might be a good idea to look to the internet for suggestions and resources.


Don’t Procrastinate

While procrastination might be the standard for school assignments, college applications should never be left to the last minute. Not only does the application become needlessly stressful at that point, but it also makes it a lot harder to submit quality content. You must give each essay the time and effort it needs to be as good as it can be. Make sure that your child’s submission stands out from what might be considered the typical college entrance essay.


The best way to go about this is to start nice and early. Talk about what colleges your child is thinking about as soon as possible. Once you have an idea of what they are thinking, you can get the ball rolling.


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