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College Majors: A Major Decision

Attention high school seniors (and parents of those seniors). By now, you seniors have seen the results of your college applications. You probably have a handful of acceptances and maybe some disappoints too. Regardless, your life is about to take a dramatic developmental step: heading off to college on your own. You’ll be making a ...

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Admissions Angsters

My post today is aimed more at parents of high school juniors and sophomores. For the most part, parents of seniors are over the hump. Admissions decisions are out now. However, for Moms and Dads of this year’s senior class, there may still be some anxieties operating. Waitlists, enrollment decisions, visits, and financial aid negotiations ...

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A Parent’s Role in College Admissions

Like many issues today in our hyper-kinetic, uptight world, the process of college admissions can be a huge pile of anxiety for both applicants and their parents. The applicant is up tight about finding the right college and getting in. Parents are worried not only about their son or daughter finding the right school and ...

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Parents’ College-Search Fears

Parents, if your child is currently in the midst of his or her college application process, you are likely involved on some level. Some of you are more involved than others. In fact, some of you may well be the driving force behind that process, if you child isn’t overly enthusiastic about all the time ...

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College Admissions Stresses Parents, Too

I went through the college admissions process with two children, a son and a daughter. The challenge for our daughter was far less taxing than that for our son, mainly because she chose the Early Decision route for a college that was not only recruiting her for her music talent but also for which she ...

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A Parent’s Role in College Admissions

Parents, how involved should you be in your child’s college admissions process? I’ve known parents who wanted to sit next to their child during the admissions interview. I kid you not. I’ve also dealt with parents who have used the dreaded “we” in their exchanges with me. “We have come up with 15 colleges that ...

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Helicopter Parents Hovering More

Back in the day, when I applied to college, my parents barely knew where I was applying. Neither of them went to college, so they weren’t privy to even the Fred Flintstone methodology of college admissions in the mid-’60s (that’s the 1960s, for all of you who think I’m older than dirt).  It’s not that ...

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Overparenting Your Kids

I’ve written about helicopter parents before. The College Confidential discussion forum has a spirited discussion about that topic, based on the topic of my post here today: Nancy Gibbs’ Time article, The Growing Backlash Against Overparenting. Here are some key points from Gibbs’ article: