College Applications and Stress
Completing and filing college applications can be stressful for students and for parents. So,how involved should you be as a parent? Parents can be a great support to their children as long as they are helping and not taking over the process. Remember, the work needs to be done by the student, after all, they are the ones planning on going to college. You can certainly be helpful by offering some organizational tips, set up a calendar of deadlines, and offer them answers to data driven questions that are on the application, As parents you can assist them with signing up for standardize testing that may be needed and help them get to the campus for a visit. You can make a difference by taking on the financial questions, It takes time to research information on financial aid and scholarships and this can be huge help to students while they are focusing on essays, asking for letters of recommendations, and developing their activities resume. Encourage your child to visit with their counselor for further direction. If they need help with essays, offer your opinion, but let them take the lead. If you feel your are too involved, let the English teachers review their writing. Your child will be so proud of their accomplishments if they own it. Help build their confidence by offering support as needed.