Parents, this one’s for you. Students, feel free to listen in, as well. With the holidays coming up and graduation only six months away, finding the college that is the best fit may seem like a looming cloud overhead.
It may feel like there are so many questions to ask, and you and your student are on two different pages about what to look for in “a good college experience.” Such a big decision may be difficult to talk through for some families, but deciding on the best college for your student should be a family decision that is met with open communication and an understanding of each other’s perspectives.
Ouachita’s director of admissions counseling, Lori Motl, offers advice. Lori is not only an admissions professional, she also is the parent of a high school senior and has been navigating these waters in her own family. Here are insights she’s gained on how parents and students can work together to ease the tension of this process and work towards a conclusion that leaves both you and your student feeling excited about the future ahead.
So, take advantage of the holidays and extra family time. Keep the lines of communication open, maybe schedule a college tour, make a list of questions for your admissions counselor or go ahead and get your application in. (Ouachita’s application has no fee and no essay, so there’s nothing to lose!) Some colleges have a priority scholarship deadline coming up soon (Ouachita’s is Dec. 1), so now is your best chance to secure the best possible financial aid package.
But ultimately, remember it’s only fall. You’ve got plenty of time to work together as a family on deciding what college is the best for your student. Make Thanksgiving a time to be thankful both for opportunities ahead and togetherness today!
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