by Sairah Chachad
It is said that kids should start preparing for college in their sophomore year. That is a hard decision for teenagers who are still finding out their strengths and weaknesses. They are still developing, learning to cope with early wake-up times, peer pressure, driving permits, after school jobs. As a parent, you need to be aware of their feelings and perhaps, anxiety. Some children can get stressed about academic performance and their grades. Be supportive, take time to chat with them about what their likes and dislikes are. You may be surprised by your child’s ideas about their future. Encourage them to strive to put in their best effort, whether they take Advanced Placement classes or dual enrollment at the local community college. Help them prepare for SAT/ACT. At the same time, make sure they are eating properly and are well rested.
Schedule meetings with the school guidance counselor. Ask about volunteer and scholarship opportunities. Apply for Bright Futures. Help your child list their school achievements and prepare a resume. There is such a long list of things-to-do, you don’t want your child to be overwhelmed or frustrated.
There is sure to be stress for you too, your child is leaving home, financial difficulties, etc. Spend some quality time with your high schooler. Before you know it, they will be gone to college.