College Application Advice For Parents – Just Chill

If you have a high school senior who will attend college, then you know this time of year can be very difficult.  We are in the college application season.

Having now watched two of my sons go through the application process it important that parents understand one thing – it will happen but on their own time.  You can facilitate the process by helping out when needed, but if you try to force the issue to your own time line you will likely end up aggravating the situation.

Things have changed over the years.  The application process now requires advanced planning, letters of recommendation, essays, and on-line applications.  If you are lucky your son or daughter will have had a good college counselor through the school to help them get organized.  But, usually that is not the case and they find themselves on their own.

While the process itself can be overwhelming, so too can be the emotional fall out.  Deciding on and committing to a prospective college or university is scary.  It indicates change is on the horizon, leaving home, becoming independent.  It takes time for students to wrap their head around the whole concept.

So, as a parent the best advice I can give is to chill out.  It will get done.




About Mike

Mike has been an executive in the biotechnology industry for the past 20 years. Mike is a graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara, earning Bachelors degrees in Business Economics and Geography. Mike also earned his MBA in Finance from California State University, Fresno. Mike is married to the mother of his 3 children and currently lives outside of Boulder, CO. In his spare time Mike enjoys hiking, fishing, skiing, reading and coaching basketball.
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