Parent College Coach #24: Listen to the College Experts
In today’s world of technology, there are any number of experts available online. If you’re a parent of a college-bound teen, you should be soaking up all the information that’s available—and most of it is free! But just where do you find these experts?
Start with social media
Hopefully, if you’re reading this, you’ve embraced social media. However, Twitter isn’t just to participate in television shows using hashtags. Pinterest isn’t just a place to pin recipes and home improvement. And Facebook is not just a platform to connect with friends and watch cat videos. Use these platforms to connect with college experts. Follow them on Twitter, connect with them on Facebook and follow their boards on Pinterest. You will be amazed at the tips you can learn by just reading tweets, posts and pins.
Move on to the blogs
The blogs will have more “meat”. Subscribe to some expert feeds. Here’s a good list of “experts” to help you get started. Those blogs not only provide information, but have comment boxes for you to ask a question. You’re missing out if you don’t read college prep related blogs.
Make connections with key experts
There are many specialists online: financial aid, scholarships, essays, college applications, and marketing your student to a college. Look at some college experts on Twitter (start here) and follow some of their lists. Once you connect, they will provide you with a wealth of information through their social media channels.
Don’t forget to read
There are any number of books about college admissions written by experts. Pick a few key books that cover everything, read them, and take notes.
Always listen to the experts. They have done all the work for you. It’s the smart way to help your son or daughter with the college admissions process.