This is a time for much advice --and some reality checks about financial aid and that 'gut' feeling when you know that a particular college is the right place for you -- in this particular time of your life.
I hope that I might serve as a "sounding board" for you should you want to come by my office to talk.
In the meantime, over the years of working with seniors in the springtime, I've shared this following advice that F.Scott Fitzgerald gave to his 11-year old daughter, Scottie. He produced this poignant and wise list of things to worry about, NOT worry about, and think about -- found in the book F.Scott Fitzgerald: A life in Letters.
Things to worry about:
Worry about courage
Worry about cleanliness
Worry about efficiency
Worry about horsemanship
Things NOT to worry about:
Don't worry about popular opinion
Don't worry about dolls
Don't worry about the past
Don't worry about the future
Don't worry about growing up
Don't worry about anybody getting ahead of you Don't worry about triumph Don't worry about failure unless it comes through your own fault Don't worry about mosquitoes Don't worry about flies Don't worry about insects in general Don't worry about parents Don't worry about boys Don't worry about disappointments Don't worry about pleasures Don't worry about satisfactions
Things to think about:
What am I really aiming at?
Do I really understand people and am I able to get along with them?
Take care --- UPDATE NAVIANCE IF YOU KNOW THE COLLEGE YOU WILL BE ATTENDING - SETTING IT AS 'COLLEGE ATTENDING' UNDER RESULTS....BUT....DON'T WORRY ABOUT THIS ...JUST UPDATE WHEN YOU'RE ABLE TO!
IMPORTANT REMINDERS & INFORMATION
As a reminder, it would be helpful for the preparation of your daughter’s college counselor letter of recommendation that you take some time over the summer to complete the Parent Response Form
We have several college admissions events already scheduled for next year. We will be adding many college visits to the list in the coming months and encourage you to check the College Counseling section of the website regularly.
- 5/2/14: “Letting Go” panel for parents of the Class of 2014 --- wisdom from parents of the Class of 2013 – on the transition from high school to college
We hope to see you at many of these events. I look forward to working with your daughter on her journey to college.