I need help figuring out this whole process. Who should I go to for help? 

Form a College Success Squad 

Preparing for college takes a lot of time, effort, and energy. Don't try to go through this process alone. Reach out to people in your school, community, and family who can help you. Build a team of people who can support you with different parts of the process. Whatever you do, don't be afraid to ask for help. Success is rarely accomplished alone.  

#Squad Goals 

  • Parents/Guardians are important for personal support while preparing for and applying to college. Even if they are unable to directly assist you with the process, their support and encouragement will help you get through what can sometimes be a stressful process. 

  • School Counselors can help you focus your college search and choose the best courses for your college and career path. They will need to help you with important application requirements such as sending your transcripts to each school you apply to. Develop a relationship with your counselor and visit them as often as you can. 

  • Teachers can help with your college essays and offer academic support. Most four-year colleges will require a letter of recommendation from at least one teacher. If you already have a positive relationship with a teacher, it will be much easier for them to write a strong recommendation for you. 

  • Mentors/Coaches can offer advice and encouragement. They can help you identify strengths and talents that teachers and counselors may not be aware of.  

  • Friends and Family who have attended college can give you helpful tips and insights about how to prepare and apply for college. 

Whether you went to college or not, you can play a key role in supporting your child through the process of preparing for college.

 

Here are some important ways you can help prepare your child for college: 

 

  • Find out the best way to communicate with your child's teachers, and don't be afraid to reach out to them with questions or concerns about how your child is doing in their classes. 

  • Reach out to your child's school counselor. Find out what courses are available at your child's school. Ask the counselor which courses would best prepare them for college. 

  • Find out what courses are required for high school. Check in with your child to see if they are on track to meet the high school graduation requirements. 

  • Talk to your child about their interests and future goals. Talk to your child about some of the things that you did when you were their age. What would you have done differently? 

  • Log on to NAVIANCE Family Connection to get messages from school staff and for help making decisions about colleges and scholarships.

  • If your schedule allows, go on a college visit with your child. 

A Note to

Parents & Guardians: 

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