College visits

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Tue, 10-11-2011 - 5:28pm

We took our 16yo on her first round of college visits this past weekend.

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Tue, 10-11-2011 - 7:58pm

We haven't even started and I know we should! The only one she toured was Middlebury, when she was there for Breadloaf last spring.

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Tue, 10-11-2011 - 8:56pm

She wants to go to a liberal arts college where she can double major in film and studio art, and where they have a music program even though she doesn't want to major in music.

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Wed, 10-12-2011 - 10:09am

My DD is 14 and a sophmore but we've been wondering how to start all this. She's got a spot at a huge college fair next week that has 400 colleges represented (her school is bussing her up and it's a whole day event.) I think this is a really good start. She is very familiar with one of our local universities as she does some work on the campus and the other big one she's had performances at so at least knows the lay of the land.

We were thinking of taking a driving tour this summer and hit a bunch of our state schools that have excellent arts programs (she's considering directing or something in the theatre realm.) However, I have no idea how to go about it. Do they give tours in the summer? Do you just call them up? Seeing the campus is nice but I don't know if it really gives enough info.

DD goes through moments of panic about not knowing exactly where she wants to go and what she wants to do. She thinks her friends have it all figured out but I've heard her friends... their "decisions" aren't based on any reality at all... mostly just pick a prestigious school that sounds cool without knowing hardly anything about it. I'm able to relax her but knowledge is power.

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Wed, 10-12-2011 - 11:16am

As a sophomore, your DD doesn't need to do anything yet except get good grades and pursue her interests. Colleges aren't interested in her yet, and won't be for quite some time, so she can relax.

There are optimal things to do, and then there are the things that most people do.

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Wed, 10-12-2011 - 1:11pm

Mine's a junior and lots of her friends have already made several college visits, so she's definitely feeling a bit of pressure there.

You probably already know this, but College Confidential has a college matching

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Wed, 10-12-2011 - 4:16pm

I've never used College Confidential because the people who post there are so bloody obnoxious. ;)

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Wed, 10-12-2011 - 4:34pm

Dd is a senior and visited schools over the summer.

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Wed, 10-12-2011 - 5:33pm

Thanks for the tip on collegeboard.org.

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Wed, 10-12-2011 - 6:57pm
Mine is a junior also, and we had originally planned on doing next spring/summer, but unless things change, she has decided on one college specifically she is going to, has already been in contact with the cheerleading coach, done all her research, etc. She'll go visit there next summer, but she knows most everything she needs already.
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Wed, 10-12-2011 - 10:34pm
We've pretty much said all that to her but she's not going to relax until she feels like she's making some sort of personal progress. Most of her friends are older and so she's been hearing a lot of college talk for years now. Hearing it come from kids her age just sort of pushed her over the edge lol. I'll certainly forward the website information to her. Good tip on when best times to visit campus. We'll also keep in mind visiting schools of high interest junior year.

She did take the SAT in 7th grade and the PSAT in 9th and today as a 10th grader. Based on the first 2 scores, I don't think she'll have to worry about them excluding her from possible schools though I know they also don't guarantee her a spot either. They don't start getting college info based on their scores until Sophomore year so we'll see later on what comes in. The college fair next week should be helpful especially since it's focus is on performing and visual arts programs.

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