The college search is HARD!

That’s really the first thing to say when it comes to the college search. I can’t think of another thing we do as parents that’s about so many different nerve-wracking things in life. Of course, it’s about money and whether we have enough of it to give our kids the education they want, and the ones we want them to have. It’s about your child - about wanting desperately for them to be successful, but also about your own ideas about what success is and how that can be different from what they want. It’s about seeing your own child as no longer a child, but a grownup who is about to try to go out in the world and figure it out for themselves. It’s about their commitment to the process, to their lives, to the world and what kind of person they want to become. And of course we have to acknowledge that it’s about ego and status - theirs, but of course also ours.

That’s why parents need college counselors too. You need a place to think about these things, to get practical ways to manage the process that’s loaded with impractical things. Getting a better handle on what’s coming will hopefully make them feel lighter and more possible.

While this email is meant to give you a little bit of a pep talk along with some more information about the topics we will cover, you’ll get email for the next few weeks that takes a deeper dive into some of the ideas to get you thinking about this process, along with some bits of humor. That’s the idea of College Bootcamp - great information, things to think about, but not overly serious. We might even have some fun!

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At Cornell University, an Ivy League school, students can take a one-credit class in Tree Climbing which will “teach you how to get up into the canopy of any tree, to move around, even to climb from one tree to another without touching the ground.”

Here are some topics we will cover in College Bootcamp:

  • Know what to do when and how to best spend the time you have

  • Find out how to conduct a college search so you don't feel like you've missed anything

  • Learn how to set priorities about where to apply and what comes first

  • Get help deciding which college visits are worth your time and money

  • Get super organized with a system that works so you don’t miss deadlines (unless you want to)

  • Design an “ego-less” search (or close enough)

  • Prioritize ways to have fun with your kids while they are still at home!


“To succeed in life you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.”
— Reba McEntire
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