When considering the ways in which parents can support their children throughout the college search process, participating in the research of college options sticks out. This form of assistance strikes the perfect balance between being helpful and not being too overbearing. There’s a lot of information shared by colleges, especially for high school students at the sophomore and junior grade level, which is when many students begin preparing for the college search process. With a parent, parsing through this information may feel much more accomplishable for students. That said, it’s important for parents to remember not to cast their influential shadow too far over their children in this stage of the process. Rather, parents should encourage their children to make decisions based on their own interests and support them along the way. Similarly to researching, parents can also help their students stay on-task without being too controlling over the process. Outlining a schedule of virtual tours, campus visits and deadlines can help ensure that a student never misses a chance to learn more about the school they plan on dedicating themselves to. This also ensures the peace of mind of parents, as being directly involved means they know for certain their child is never missing a deadline. For more information on the ways in which parents can stay involved without being too influential throughout the college search process, please check out the infographic supported alongside this post.
The Parent-Student Relationship In College Searches for more information on the college search process, be sure to check out the Encourage App.