Q & A with University Parent

Diane Schwemm, from University Parent, was our guest on #CampusChat on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, and shared her tips on:

#CampusChat with university parent

Planning Ahead for Senior Year

Diane’s Q&A with us follows. For a complete transcript, click on: Transcript: Planning Ahead for Senior Year

Q1 When should students and parents of the college bound begin planning for senior year? #CampusChat

A1 Jr spring is a good time to meet with the guidance counselor. Make sure Sr year class schedule is exciting and rigorous. #CampusChat

A1 Summer is when students and families can focus on refining a college list & plan visits/interviews. #CampusChat

A1 Here’s a great strategy for the summer before Sr yr: http://tiny.cc/ogb9yx #CampusChat

Q2 What should rising seniors focus on this summer? #CampusChat

A2 Learn more about what kind of school they want to attend. Talk with parents about finances. #CampusChat

A2 Get started on the Common App essay. Research scholarships. Test prep if needed. #CampusChat

A2 Make sure summer is balanced and that they do things that make them happy! Don’t stress over college planning. #CampusChat

Q3 What are the important tasks seniors should focus on once school begins? #CampusChat

A3 Sign up ASAP for counselor meeting! Be ready to talk about college goals. #CampusChat

A3 Request letters of recommendation and work on filling in the Common App little by little. #CampusChat

A3 Finalize a “good fit” list of schools. Decide whether to apply Early Action or Early Decision. #CampusChat

Q4 What should juniors do to prepare for senior year in the fall? the spring? #CampusChat

A4 Have a strategy for handling all the standardized tests. Our tips: http://tiny.cc/xtc9yx #CampusChat

A4 Start visiting colleges so you can find out what kinds of places might be a good fit. #CampusChat

A4 Meet with your guidance counselor in the spring (parents can attend this meeting). #CampusChat

Q5 What tips would you give parents of rising seniors? #CampusChat

A5 Let students be in charge of the application process while helping them stay on track. #CampusChat

A5 Remind them to focus on their own personal goals so they don’t obsess about what other people are doing/saying. #CampusChat

A5 Don’t talk about college all the time. Sr yr should be fun, too. Keep perspective. #CampusChat

Q6 Can you give some tips for creating a good college list? #CampusChat

A6 Here’s a helpful article to get you started: http://tiny.cc/wra9yx

A6 Discuss differences between big U’s and small colleges. Visit campuses to get a feel. #CampusChat

A6 Make sure the schools have the majors/programs your student wants/needs & limit # of “reach” schools. #CampusChat

Q7 How should parents discuss finances with college-bound seniors? #CampusChat

A7 Be open from the start about how much you will contribute financially, and how much your student will pay. #CampusChat

A7 Compare cost of attending different schools with tools on college websites & thru ACT & SAT sites. #CampusChat

A7 Help them understand it’s a bad idea to go into debt w/ stu loans. There are good, affordable higher ed options. #CampusChat

Q8 When should students ask for letters of recommendation? #CampusChat

A8 Right at the beginning of Sr yr, even if not applying EA/ED. Some teachers limit how many recs they will write. #CampusChat

A8 Give teachers and others a minimum 2-3 weeks to write letters. Follow up may be needed – this is the student’s job. #CampusChat

A8 Same goes if your student needs letters for scholarship apps. Don’t forget to thank these people! #CampusChat

Q9 What are the dos and don’ts of parenting a college-bound senior? #CampusChat

A9 DO help them tune out the buzz/chatter/pressure from the world around them. Stay calm! #CampusChat

A9 DON’T fill out the Common App or write essays for them. DO help with deadlines, etc. #CampusChat

A9 DO read the essay if they ask. Tips for helping them edit: http://tiny.cc/rbb9yx #CampusChat

A9 DON’T ask their friends where they are applying. DO value/show interest in the lives they’re living now. #CampusChat

Click here to inquire about becoming a guest on #CampusChat
Z. Kelly Queijo

Author: Z. Kelly Queijo

Kelly is founder of Smart College Visit and Smart College Consulting. When she's not creating content for the blog or clients, tweeting, or hosting #CampusChat, she's planning her next mobile move.

Share This Post On

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Sign up for SCV News and get tips and resources for the college-bound and the college-going. Parents and counselors, we've got you covered, too, and don't worry, your contact info will not be shared without your permission. We don't like spam and assume you don't either.

You have Successfully Subscribed!