Tips for the college admissions process: the dos and don'ts

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Tips for the college admissions process: the dos and don'ts

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I think that for parents there are a couple really important things to remember as they enter the college application process. Number one is to relax. It is a long process. It will take a year plus. And if parents are stressed out the entire time about that, not only will they make their lives fairly miserable, but they'll make their kids' lives fairly miserable too. And then I think in terms of what you should be doing as a parent is really trying to offer as much support as possible to your child. College application process is not something that's hard. It's not something that is overly complex. But it is something that is a little bit of a marathon .And so if you're there as a parent and can be a safety net for your kid and to backstop them a little bit if they need a little bit of help and can be there for them and relax, I think that's probably the most important thing to do. I think the other thing to remember is that there are experts in your school who can help you with this process. So there are great resources. You can always call your school counselor and say, help. I'm not really sure what I should be doing. So that if you do need someone to talk you down off the ledge a little bit, or if you do have a question about the process that's an easy contact to make.

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Robert has been in K-12 education for thirty years; for sixteen years he was a high school history and social studies teacher, teaching subjects such as AP US History, Western Civilization, World History, Economics, and Anthropology. His school administrative career has been equally varied, serving as Director of Activities at a large public high school, and a Middle School Director and Upper School Director at independent (private) schools in the Midwest and California. Robert earned his Bachelor's Degree in History from Carleton College, and his Master's in Education from Claremont Graduate University. He is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). Robert has served on school accreditation teams in the Midwest and California. He has two children, one of whom is an acting and English Literature double major at a large urban university on the East Coast, while the other is a high school junior in Los Angeles.

 

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