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I hate the typical college application advice that parents get. Tell me if you’ve heard this before:
“Your kid has to take 12 AP classes, get a perfect SAT score and volunteer to build orphanages in Uganda if they want any chance at getting into college.”
This whole college application thing has gotten completely out of hand in recent years.
The reality is that there are over 2,500 four-year colleges in the United States. With so many schools, there is a school for every student who wants to go to college. There is also is a huge range of costs for these different schools.
As a parent, your goal is simple: you just want to know where your kid should apply and how you can put together great applications quickly. You don’t want to have to badger your child to write their application essays or create their resume. You don’t want to stress out about how you’ll pay for it. You just want to know what you need to do.
Like you, I’ve read hundreds of articles on college applications – College Confidential this, College Board that.
Unfortunately, much of the information is either time-consuming or irrelevant. Here’s what I realized: most of the college application advice out there – the forums, the websites, the worksheets sent out by the high school counselors – just makes us feel overwhelmed. And it is so easy to become paralyzed by the minutiae. But the truth of the matter is that you don’t have to be overwhelmed by the college application process.
I figured out how to streamline the college application process so that students can accomplish more by doing less. There is no fluff in my method. I explain how to walk your child through the required tasks and waste no time on things that will have little or no impact on their chances of admission.
The key to not feeling overwhelmed is to prioritize and determine exactly what steps to take. I mapped out these steps in my system, providing cheat sheets, to-do lists, and worksheets to show you how to help your child create excellent college applications…quickly!
Feel free to poke around my website for tips on helping your child apply to college in a stress-free way. I provide articles on my blog and free ebooks that will give you concrete strategies for helping your child get great letters of recommendation, guiding them through the process of creating a student resume, and showing them how to come up with 20+ essay topics in just a few minutes.
And if you have any questions (or have a topic you’d like me to write about), please email me.