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Advice for Juniors, Tours and Visits

Have College List, Will Travel

As we mentioned in this previous blog, winter and spring of junior year is the optimal time to visit colleges.  And, you can click on the “tours and visits” blog category on our blog’s main page for more advice about how to make the most of your visits and why they are important.

 

During your first winter meeting with your Campus Bound counselor, you will get a list of colleges that fit what you are seeking. But once you get that list, and if you are looking at colleges farther away, how do you go about planning these trips? Campus Bound will attempt to be a travel agent in this helpful blog.

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Advice for Parents, Advice From Inside

College Advising is in Short Supply

If you haven’t already read this article from Education Week, I suggest that you do so. It was concerning to us here at Campus Bound, and we wanted to take this opportunity, in this blog, to respond to it.

 

The take-away from the article, and from this recent study from the National Association of College Admission Counselors, is that only a third of the public high schools in the United States have a college counselor, or designated counselor, to help them with post-high school educational goals. Even more concerning is that the likeliness of a school having a college counselor goes down as the poverty rate of the high school students goes up.  So even fewer middle to lower class students are getting this kind of support.

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Advice for Parents

Parents: The Less You Ask, The More You’ll Know

It’s counter-intuitive, but parents who take a step back from their child’s college admissions process may actually hear more.  It can be very hard advice to follow; we get it, but stick with us on this.

When I’ve asked groups of juniors and seniors what their parents can do to help them with the college process, their response is almost always… stop asking me about the college process.  A student once told me, “I just want to have one dinner with my family where college isn’t brought up.”

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Siblings: A College Counselor’s Reflection

Much of the staff at Campus Bound has worked here for several years.  It’s a fabulous place to work for many reasons, including: the collegiality among the staff, the guidance of the senior staff and supervisors, and, most importantly, the clients we serve.  One of the great things about working at Campus Bound is the honor of being able to work with a family over several years.  It’s one of the true joys of my job.

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