Besides being a college counselor, I'm a mom who went through this process recently with my daughter. Believe me, there is a lot involved. And as a mom who likes to be there to support my daughter (and to know what is going on), I know there is a sharp learning curve. While this course was created in the spirit of a mom wanting to share what she has learned and as a college coach who has worked one-on-one with students and interviewed dozens of admissions officers. My goal is to alert you to what I have found to be the key elements to get through the process. Of course I can't guarantee to include every detail involved - that would take volumes - but I want to point you in the direction of resources and share some guidelines.
School counselors do their best, but they are often responsible for up to 500 students per counselor. And with classes being mostly online this fall, their programs for parents of seniors might be behind schedule or nonexistent.
Not to worry. Once you see the topics in this course, you will learn some things and you will know what you still need to do more research on. And hey, it's free, so what have you got to lose?
I'm confident you'll be as proud as I was when my daughter graduated and we were all thrilled for her to open the next chapter of her life in college.
Janet Larson, M.S.