Life Events

Life events pose a unique challenge because each is a new or infrequent occurrence for which many people have little or no prior experience.

When it comes to parenting, you have the knowledge of your own childhood to draw upon. However, try as you might, it is unlikely that today's children will think the same, act the same, and face the same challenges as you.

In these circumstances, a little dose of commonsense advice can help

Here is our advice on these topics.
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Tips on College Admissions
College admissions decisions hinge on a number of factors, including:

  • High school grades and class standing
  • Results of standardized tests, such as the SAT and SAT II.
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Achievement in extracurricular activities
  • Interviews with alumni (used by the most selective colleges)

To judge how selective a college is, look for statistics on the number of applicants versus the number of students admitted to the freshman class. At the most selective colleges, the ratio of applicants to admitted students could be as high as 10 to 1.

The vast majority of applicants to highly selective colleges tend to be highly qualified academically, with top grades and class standing, as well as excellent standardized test scores. For this reason, these colleges make other criteria, especially excellence in extracurricular activities, a key consideration in admissions decisions.

In general, your child will be a more impressive applicant if he focuses on a small number of activities that require a great deal of time and energy, rather than a large number of clubs that do not. Furthermore, holding leadership positions (e.g., club president, class representative, editor, team captain) gets much more credit than simply being a member.

Forensics (speech and debate) is an activity that gets a lot of favorable notice from admissions officers. Dramatics (school plays), journalism (school paper), student government and interscholastic sports also are great resume-builders.

Throughout his high school years, encourage your child to keep a log of his achievements, including extracurricular involvement, prizes, honors and awards. This will make it much easier to write applications and prepare for interviews.
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