Here’s an interesting and interactive conversation I had earlier this year with Jennifer Plym and Cheryl Taylor of Charlotte Smarty Pants about College Admissions.
In this podcast we discuss when families should start thinking about college. I advise that parents start thinking about college – or some other form of post-high school education when their students are in middle school. They should think about how they’re going to pay for college, and create a college mindset for their student.
By high school, have a plan, let your child stretch academically. If a student has a facility in math, let her take an AP math class. If it doesn’t work out, then she can step back.
Our conversation emphasized that every year in high school it important. College Admissions officers are looking for trends. They want to see that a kid is improving each year, and that they are challenging themselves with increasingly difficult courses.
I also give advice on PSAT tests – they should be a guide for students to identify areas where they need more help and work. Although there are about 1,000 colleges that are truly test-optional (including Wake Forest), students should take both the ACT and SAT tests. Some students do better on one or the other, and that’s the one they should submit.
We also discuss finding a college that’s a good fit, and how kids views of college size, how far they want to be from home, etc. change as they go through high school.
It’s well worth the time to listen to, and if you have questions, contact me at [email protected]!