What Freshman in High School Parents and Students Can do NOW to prepare for College

Each month, I blog on a topic to support and inspire parents who are committed to raising independent, creative and powerful citizens who will use education to impact and transform. 

It is my intent to provide tidbits to help parents navigate the educational path so that students will get into college and “thrive” in college.  

What Freshman in High School Parents and Students Can do NOW to prepare for College 

by Laura Barr 

Each year I am asked by the parents of high school freshman parents: What can we do now?  I am a college consultant and mother of four launched children who believe that starting early wise and creates less anxiety for students 

What Can I do Now? 

  • Backward Plan with the calendar and create a tentative calendar of 4-year admissions plan
  • Vision 4-year academic course schedule with a school counselor or college consultant 
  • Build relationships with teachers and counselors, seek trusted advisors for self-advocacy and future recommendation letters 
  • Engage in the school community in  sports, leadership, and clubs 
  • Get 3 college visits under your belt (big, small, private, public) 
  • Apply and plan on getting summer jobs
  • Get lifeguard certifications, apply for community leadership boards
  • Begin a resume and add to it each year
  • Keep a spreadsheet of interesting colleges you hear about
  • Get a naviance account with your school and get smart about how to use it
  • Encourage your children Read, Read and Read 
  • Instill a strong understanding of financial planning, use of credit cards and bank accounts
  • Use therapists as a resource
  • Attend parent the college nights and fairs at your school
  • Engage in our local community 
  • Sign up for Be the Influence Newsletter  https://www.betheinfluence.us/ to stay smart about issues facing teens
  • Subscribe to your local and national newspapers, pick favorite  magazines and read and talk about current issues
  • When traveling stop by colleges and University and sign up for tours (try the self-guided) 
  • Arrange update psycho-educational testing for accommodations, if needed
  • Get curious about Gap Year options
  • Attend College Fairs  
  • Purchase  and annotate Fiske College Book and keep on Coffee table 
  • Read Frank Bruni Where you Go is Not Who You Will Be
  • Read Loren Pope Colleges that Change Lives
  • Read the college essay prompts each fall and discuss with family

Please reach out to Laura Barr at info@emergingconsulting.com for more information about e.Merging’s services and support in how to prepare your freshman, sophomore of junior for the college process 

Creating a Testing Timeline – 2019

Each month, I blog on a topic to support and inspire parents who are committed to raising independent, creative and powerful citizens who will use education to impact and transform. 

It is my intent to provide tidbits to help parents navigate the educational path so that students will get into college and “thrive” in college.  

Top 5 Tips Creating a Strategic Testing Timeline for ACT and SAT 

Whether we like it or not test scores matter. When parents collaborate with their children in creating a strategic testing plan, the outcome equals less stress, anxiety, and fear. 

Top 5 Tips for creating a strategic testing timeline! 

  1.  Find a test practitioner who can help you and your student discern, which test is the right one for your child’s learning style. In my practice, I refer to MindFish Test Prep as they have empowered hundreds of students in the Denver area to achieve test prep goals. 
  2. Schedule the test date carefully around student’s activities, breaks, and sports events. There is nothing worse than scheduling the big test date on the same day as state finals or fall play dress rehearsal! Be aware of application deadlines.  
  3. When you register through the SAT and ACT website, don’t forget to SAVE your password as you will need it to check scores. Take it from me: It’s no fun when you have to reset the password on the day you are anxiously awaiting the final numbers. 
  4. Backward Plan test prep and tutoring, studying right up to the chosen test date. If finances allow, private tutors are ideal as they can hone in your precisely what your child needs. Don’t forget ID and calculator!
  5. Once you get the test score report, find a reliable and certified education planner to assist you in a strategy in creating a list of colleges that are “good fit colleges.” While standardized tests do matter, there are multiple factors that the admissions team using in evaluation what is compelling about students! (Note: Make sure you ask your potential college consultant what training and certifications they hold!) 

Upcoming SAT and ACT Tests Dates 

SAT Test Dates:
August 25, 2018 – Register by July 25, 2018
October 6, 2018 – Register by September 6, 2018
November 3, 2018 – Register by October 3, 2018
December 1, 2018 – Register by November 1, 2018
March 8, 2019 – Register by February 8, 2019
May 4, 2019 – Register by April 4, 2019
June 1, 2019 – Register by May 1, 2019

ACT Test Dates:
September 8, 2018 – Register by August 5, 2018
October 27, 2018 – September 21, 2018
December 8, 2018 – November 2, 2018
February 9, 2019 – January 11, 2019
April 13, 2019 – March 8, 2019
June 8, 2019 – May 3, 2019 

Please reach out to Laura Barr at info@emergingconsulting.com for more infomration about scheduling and learning more about the art of creating testing timelines!  

GET Ready to Launch by Laura Barr

Each month, I blog on a topic to support and inspire parents who are committed to raising independent, creative and powerful citizens who will use education to impact and transform.
It is my intent to provide tidbits to help parents navigate the educational path so that students will get into college and “thrive” in college.

TOP 20 TIPS TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR THE COLLEGE LAUNCH

Launching is the art of intentionally raising children so that they can leave home and be responsible, independent citizens. Parents who raise “launched” students tend to “guide” and “collaborate” vs. “manage” and “dictate.” At e.Merging, I am committed to guiding parents and students to find passion, purpose, and to use the college search process as an opportunity to develop an identity and a character. I want my clients not only to “get into” college but thrive in college and life.

“Control leads to compliance; autonomy leads to engagement.” ― Daniel H. Pink

Kids who launch with grace have both a practiced mindset and experiences:

  1. Sleeps 8-12 Hours a day
  2. Exercise routines and basic nutrition knowledge
  3. Manage Homework and Grades with support and guidance of parents not micromanagement
  4. Can self-advocate in the classroom and socially
  5. Make doctors appointments, haircuts, grocery shop, etc.
  6. Have their own bank account and debit card
  7. Have their Drivers License by 16 or 17
  8. Can navigate public transportation
  9. Have 8-10 on the Grit scale (they have failed)
  10. Manage their own screen time (2 Hours per day)
  11. Awareness of study habits
  12. Can discuss their learning style
  13. Meet with teachers and self-advocate
  14. 101 mental health awareness, are able to identify and name feelings
  15. Have a growth mindset
  16. Have held numerous job and have certifications in babysitting, lifeguarding, pet sitting, camp counselors, worked at ice cream shops, restaurants and coffee shops
  17. Have left home for more extended periods in summers without family members or friends
  18. Have identified some small passion purpose and are
  19. Are genuine about service to the community
  20. Has a solid friend base

If any of my expert parents out there have any tips to add to the list please send my way!

Please reach out to Laura Barr at info@emergingconsulting.com for more infomration about e.Merging’s services and support in launching!