The college search and admissions process tests both children and their parents unlike anything they’d previously experienced up to that point. Parents watch on as their children’s applications wait to be judged by admissions professionals, often unsure of how to comfort their child as they await their decisions. What parents can do, while unfortunately limited, is ensure the applications they’re submitting will stand out to their primary choices. It’s true that there are certain things colleges and universities look for on applications, but that doesn’t mean they want all students to fit the same rigid mold. This means that parents can coach their kids in such a way that allows them to stand out. Specifically, children should avoid telling admissions professionals what they want to hear, but rather insist on being themselves. As most admissions officers can tell when a student’s essay or interview has been engineered or optimized to fit a specific template, this individuality is incredibly important. This is the type of advice parents should provide, encouraging the freedom to be honest and true to his or her personality in these moments. To better prepare for these moments with your child, take a minute to continue reading on to the resource highlighted alongside this post for more valuable preparation information.
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