WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Step #3 Recognize that finding the right college will be work for both the parent and the student. The majority of 17-year-olds cannot handle all of the pieces of the college matriculation puzzle alone. They will need the help and guidance of parents, teachers, coaches, and advisors. (When a friend with child psychol- ogy credentials offered me this advice, it made me feel so much better about my child and myself because I thought I had the only 17-year-old who couldn't figure this out.) Step #4 Remember that where you start is not where you finish. Even if the first schools your students look at wind up being the right fit, having them explore more options helps them grow and learn to make their own decisions. This process is not just about choosing a college: it is a life lesson about making important choices. Step #5 Do not compare your teen to anyone else. Do not discuss your student's college search with any friends or acquaintances that have teens also applying to college unless you are strong enough not to draw comparisons. (Remember, you will probably only hear about the good part of any story and never the problems.) This includes information regarding your student's GPA, course selec- tion, athletic ability, contacts, college visits, interviews, common application, independ- ent work, and college selection. Every parent wants his or her young adults to find a university where they can grow, be well-adjusted, academically challenged, and happy. Our goal in this college process should be to help our teens find the institutions that are best suited to their interests and strengths. Recognize that there will and should be more than one college that is a good fit for them. Do not pressure your students into choosing a particular university that suits you more than it does them. turn op-ed issues speak up opinion sound off town green my turn op-ed issues speak up opinion sound off town green my turn op-ed issues speak up 44 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 5

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