Parent College Coach Tip #65: Focus on College Fit
May29

Parent College Coach Tip #65: Focus on College Fit

A good college list should have three “fit” criteria: financial fit, academic fit, and emotional fit. Once your student has a tentative list, ask if they have all three criteria before finalizing the list.

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#CampusChat Tonight: College Fit with guest Jessica Velasco
May27

#CampusChat Tonight: College Fit with guest Jessica Velasco

Do you know what “college fit” is? Are you looking for the perfect fit for your son or daughter? Do you wonder how on earth you will sift through all the choices and come up with a list of good fits for your student?

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College Search – Where do I start?
Dec13

College Search – Where do I start?

When you realize there are more than 3,500 colleges in the U.S., not to mention great options abroad, it may seem like college rankings are the logical place to start the college search. Perhaps. Then again, perhaps not.

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Finding the Best College Fit – Tonight on #CampusChat
Feb12

Finding the Best College Fit – Tonight on #CampusChat

Join us for #CampusChat  – Wednesdays at 9PM, Eastern | 8PM Central | 7 PM Mountain  | 6 PM Pacific Will the college you want to attend choose you? How will you choose the college that fits you the best? Join us for insights and advice tonight on #CampusChat! When: Wednesday, 02/12/14 Time: 9PM ET Follow us...

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Make a New Home For Yourself
Jul11

Make a New Home For Yourself

It is often said that home is where the heart is. So how could someone leave their family and friends to move away? Why move when you are comfortable, stable, and settled at home? You have the benefits of parental support, free housing, and free food. You’d be crazy to move. So why do people choose to leave home for college? The truth of the matter is that there is something special gained from the experience of living on your own while in college. It's cliche, but you get a chance to spread your wings and broaden your horizons. You become familiar with lifestyles you have never seen before. You learn to forge your own path and become an independent adult.  Many teens fear that if they move away to college, they sever all ties with their “old” life. That is only the case if you want it to be. I still keep in touch with several of my good friends from high school and speak with my parents almost every day. I made moving away to school an opportunity for me to broaden my horizons, not to relocate them.  I was born and raised in a small suburb of Orange County, California.  Before moving to Boston to attend Boston University, I had no idea what it was like to be fully responsible for my actions. I had to learn how to manage my own money, stay on top of my homework without pressure from my parents or teachers, and ultimately how to prioritize. I can safely say that this experience has helped me grow noticeably as a student and contributor to society.  Boston is a city rich in culture, history, and diversity and I would never have experienced this richness if I didn’t press the limits of my comfort zone. I could have easily stayed in California and attended a college where I could have continued my high school friendships. But, because I chose to move to Boston, I have developed a sense of independence, a taste for adventure, and I now have friends from all over the world.   Moving away for college is definitely not for everybody. But no one should let distance keep them away from their perfect college fit. It could be your best opportunity to become a strong, independent person and competent student. Seize the opportunity and make a new home for yourself. *** Chelsea Merget, a junior at Boston University is pursuing a degree in Communications with a minor in Psychology. She is spending the summer as a public relations intern with Smart College Visit, Inc. For other articles about college life,...

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