Prep Pride: Junior Parent Night — The College Search Process

On Tuesday, February 6, Fairmont Prep will host its annual Junior Parent Night. This evening is designed for our current juniors and their families to discuss the college search process that will take place in earnest starting in February and last all the way until graduation. And while parents may feel as though they have a good handle on what happens during the college admission process, a lot has changed in the past few years and the information you see on websites or books is often outdated or simply wrong.

Finding that balance for a parent in the college process is difficult. Parents should support and guide, but ultimately, it is the student who is the one going to college. This isn’t time for dad to relive his college days and project that experience to his child. Yet, this is a perfect time to sit down as a family to ensure that everyone is on the same page. Let the student talk about their goals for college and what they want their experience to be. Students, understand where your parents are coming from and listen when they talk about their goals for you.

The entire family should be ready for quick changes in perspective. Your daughter’s favorite college on Monday may have dropped off the list by Friday. It is ok, in fact, it is a good thing. They have done their research and have found that their former dream school maybe doesn’t even offer their intended major. Maybe that school they have talked about since 7th grade just doesn’t look that appealing in real life.

Students will be exposed to a wide variety of new ideas and schools. Some colleges the parents have heard of and others seem to come out of nowhere. Trust the process and allow the students to explore and figure out which school is the best match for them.

We hope that parents and students alike will use the college counselors at Fairmont to help guide that college search and ensure that students are putting forward the best application possible. We will see you February 6!

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