Which of these questions do you have?
How do we even know what colleges to look at?
My kid has “no clue” what she wants to major in!
How the h-ll can anyone pay 70K per year for college?
WHY would anyone pay 70K per year for college, even if they can afford it?
Can my kid even get into a decent college – it gets harder and harder each year!
HELP! I don’t know where to start!
If you have any or all of these questions, rest assured, you have plenty of company!
First, chill. Take a breath. It’s all going to work out.
But, understand I “get” it. You’re have entered a weird period in your family’s life, a College Twilight Zone.
This time of year, between the monthly ACT and SAT exams, college fairs, upcoming APs and finals, the pressure kicks up a notch for parents of high school juniors and sophomores.
Forewarned is forearmed. The best thing you can do is gather as much information as you can about admissions, essays, ACT and SAT prep, scholarships and financial aid.
In the off-chance that you don’t have two-five hours per day to devote to this pursuit…
…and your kid either seems indifferent or snaps at you every time you mention the “C” word…
…or your guidance counselor at school is about as useless as a three dollar bill…
…then I have two resources for you, one paid, the other, free (please feel free to share this info with other parents):
- Our upcoming small group ACT Crusher and SAT Crash Courses are filling up. They are perfect for the June ACT and SATs, and guaranteed (you have to read it to believe it :). Use coupon code “Crush” and “Crash” for 100 smackers off the respective classes. All details, including maximum number of students, schedule, pricing is listed on that page.
- Free College Planning “Secrets” workshops coming to libraries in Northport, Manhasset and Roslyn this week and next. Real world, insider tips and strategies to get into your “Dream College,” qualify for 10’s of thousands in grants and scholarships (even if you think you can’t), how to negotiate with colleges, more. I will be drawing heavily on “case studies” of kids this year who got into Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Cornell etc. etc. etc., and real time, live negotiations with colleges (I threw in “with colleges” to be clear that I’m not involved with anything with Kim Jong-un.)
It’s a busy time of year, I get it. We’re feeling it too.
Even if you don’t sign up for our classes or workshops, please know that you’ve got to do SOMETHING, even if you’re not 100% “ready” or struggling to find the time.
The college process is like a train, it comes into the station and leaves the station on its own schedule, without caring whether you’re emotionally ready or not. Sorry to be the bearer of “tough love,” but that’s what you get for being on our email list. 🙂
Hope to see you soon 🙂
-Andy “Riding The Crazy College Train” Lockwood
P.S. We cap our ACT and SAT classes at eight, so everyone gets individualized instruction, but at group class rates. Our current group of five SAT Crash Coursers seem to be really enjoying the class, despite my awful guest proctoring yesterday morning’s practice SAT (don’t ask 🙂