Creating The Command Center

One of the questions I get asked all of the time is:  What can my family be doing now to prepare my student for college and beyond? 

My answer:  Strive to raise students who are independent, responsible, and citizens. How?  Create family systems that are rooted in values and hold children accountable for carrying their share of the chores and responsibilities. 

We refer to The Command Center as the place in the home where we keep schedules, chore charts, and manage weekly finances. This can be a bulletin board, a bedroom wall or a refrigerator. What’s important is that it is located in the home where parents can manage and make changes, and children can own and take responsibility. It’s also important to note that it is designed with the realization that this area and the materials in it are subject to change as children grow and needs shift.

Some examples include:

  • Post family values, or special quotes that sets the tone for the space

  • Create a family calendar where everyone’s schedule is laid out for the week

  • Message board with markers, chalk for reminders

  • Chore expectations in chart, lists, on clipboards

  • Weekly allowance system, envelopes, money clips, mason jars

  • Post family values, or special quote that sets tone for space

  • Sticky notes for last minute thoughts

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What Steps To Take If You Get Deferred

Many people believe that being deferred marks the end of the road on their journey with a particular school, however, that is not always the case. There are several steps that you can take once you receive that deferral, and it is important to remain positive throughout the process. Here are four things you can do if you receive a deferral letter from a college or university: 

  1. Decide if that college is still your top choice. Does the deferment change how you feel about the school? Find someone whose opinion you trust & value so that you can talk it out. Weigh out the pros and cons and remain practical in your thought process. 
  2. Follow the instructions in your deferral notice. The college may need more information from you to help them make their decision. This could be updated grades/test scores, more recommendation letters, or an update on your extracurricular activities. Provide the requested materials in a timely manner. 
  3. Compose a deferral letter. Some colleges want to know that you are still committed to attending their school. This is a great opportunity for you to express why the school is a great fit for you as well as confirm your continued desire to attend. Remain upbeat and hopeful in your delivery, no matter how disheartened the situation may make you feel. 
  4. Focus on your backup plan. Once you’ve done everything you can do it is important not to lose sight of all the other amazing opportunities that await you! Continue to apply and look forward to the decisions of other colleges!

We are always here to help you understand this process and make the most out of the situation. Tell us your story today by clicking here:

Top Things You Can Be Doing NOW to Create a Competitive College Application

At e.Merging we believe that there is no such thing as “too early” to be thinking about the future.  We think of the resume as an opportunity to envision the future.  

  1. Foster meaningful relationships with your teachers 
  2. Continue to add to your list of extracurriculars 
  3. Research 1 school on your college list per week
  4. Sign up for a college fair in your area 
  5. Speak with your school counselor about your future plans 
  6. Begin organizing any information you come across about potential colleges in ONE place
  7. Get involved in your school and community whenever possible 
  8. Sign up for a SAT/ACT preparation course, or take practice tests 
  9. Self-reflect on experiences and activities in high school that were meaningful to you
  10. Plan ahead! Build a list and/or timeline. Application season will arrive before you know it, and you want to be as prepared as possible. 

We are always here to listen to your child’s story and help with this application process:

Why is Diversity of Experience Important?

Students with a diversity of experience have a background, upbringing, or other life circumstances that have fundamentally shaped how they see the world.

These experiences could be cultural, ethnic, religious, geographic, socioeconomic, or any number of factors that contribute to their unique perspective.

Why does Diversity of Experience matter?

  • Colleges strive to create classes of people who fit well with their school’s culture and mission, but who also bring a variety of perspectives and experiences that will add value to the school’s community.
  • Having a diverse class is more likely to lead to students doing a variety of things upon graduation, enabling a school to have a broader impact on the world.

We will be having a new webinar on March 7 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM MST on College Preparation!

We will be discussing the practical steps for students and parents to create a competitive (and genuine) application.

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We look forward to seeing you then!