Parent College Coach Tip #12: Five Positive Parenting Tips
Apr18

Parent College Coach Tip #12: Five Positive Parenting Tips

While over-parenting can be a problem, studies show that involved parents have more successful children. Here are five things parents should do to help prepare their teens for college.

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The Wide World of Gap Years
Mar11

The Wide World of Gap Years

Part 2 in our Gap Year Series by: Robin Pendoley and Kathy Cheng (click here for part 1) Exploring gap year options is not always an easy task. Here are some quick tips to help you find all of the options and begin to narrow them down to the best fit for you. Where Do I Find Gap Year Options? Unfortunately, there is no single source for information on every gap year opportunity. However, there are some great places to gather the options: Your High School Guidance Counselor – Many guidance counselors encourage students to consider a gap year during the college planning process. Visit your counseling office to ask for brochures and recommendations from the educators you know and trust. The Internet – Searching for “gap year programs” on Google or another search engine will produce a wide range of results. Here are a few sites that offer a quick overview of the many gap year opportunities: USA Gap Year Fairs – Provides brief descriptions of over 40 providers in the US and links to their websites. Additionally, the site lists the dates and locations of 25 gap year fairs around the US. Teen Life – Includes brief descriptions and links to over 40 providers,categorizes them by interest area, and offers links to gap year consultants. Enrichment Alley – Includes links to over 50 providers, with some student reviews. Attend a Gap Year Fair – High schools have begun hosting fairs to provide students and families a chance to meet representatives from many of the gap year providers. The USA Gap Year Fairs is a national series of fairs in major cities around the US. Each fair includes 30 or more providers, allowing you to collect brochures, ask questions about the programs, and compare the options. This is a great way to get a good feel for the culture of each program. How Do I Choose?Once you have a sense of the broad array of options available to you, it’s time to narrow the field. Answering the following questions will help you hone in on the best fit for you: How Long? – Gap years can last from the moment you graduate high school until your first day of college (and for some, the first day of college is in the spring semester). Many students break their time up, spending sometime working and committing the rest of their time to travel of a structured program. Providers offer options that last from a few weeks to 8 months.While some students want to have a diverse year with lots of different activities, others choose a longer, more in-depth experience. So, have a sense...

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