The parents of aspiring college students have long focused on ensuring their children get good grades, but that’s no longer enough to ensure their spot in the top academic programs. Though good grades are highly valued to the college applications that students will be filling out, a child should sooner be encouraged by their parents to be well-rounded, considering various career paths and hobbies that interest them. Additionally, rethink any pressure you’re putting on your student in any way — be their supporter and encourager instead. View supporting your student in their college search from a coach’s role. Your job is to organize the process and keep them moving forward but to ensure they are doing the work and putting in the time. Support them in knowing when the deadlines are but not in achieving the actual tasks for enrolling. Though it may seem counterintuitive as any parent will want the best for their child, it is best to leave it in their hands when this time comes so they can create their own path. To better prepare for this moment as a parent, please see the resource highlighted alongside this post for more information.
The Parent-Student Relationship In College Searches for more information on the college search process, be sure to check out the Encourage App