The College Explorer – February 2019

The College Explorer

Time to DIG IN With College Search For Juniors! 

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Go beyond the colleges whose names you know – this is Western Washington University.

As seniors begin to receive their college decisions, it’s time for juniors to really get started in earnest with their college search.  Now is the time to reach outside your comfort zone and go beyond the names you already know.  Why?  Because the acceptance rate at those names is probably pretty low – so no matter what grades you get (of course you should be striving for As!) and no matter what test score you get, those “name” schools are going to be “reach” for everyone.

If you are one of those people who think that your life will only be fabulous if you attend one of those schools, we have some suggestions for you:

a) Ask all of your friends where they went to college – ALL of them.  You’ll find that you probably have many friends who went to schools you’ve never heard of, or started at a community college, or went to a school that you thought wasn’t that great.  And they have jobs, support their families, and enjoy all-around good lives!

b) Watch this short video of Frank Bruni being interviewed by a Boston TV station a few years ago (right around the 2016 presidential election, as you’ll discover) when he wrote the book “Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be.”

c) Help your child understand that there are 2,200 four-year colleges out there, and you will continue to love them and think they’re fabulous even if they don’t end up going to one of those “fancy name” schools.

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  • Is Financial Aid a top concern for you?  Learn more about the two types of college financial aid in our financial aid webinar – it’s free, already recorded and posted here.
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