Here’s a summary of important articles from the week of 3/01/15 that may give you more insight into the world of college life, admissions, financing, and parenting.
The R2C Takeaway: While it’s true that the schools with the better reputations attract more (and better) companies when recruiting season begins, but over a lifetime the effects of one’s college choice is minimal. What matters is the student’s efforts and choice of field to work in.
The R2C Takeaway: The number of high school guidance counselors is decreasing while the amount of students each counselor is responsible for is increasing, thus severely limiting the counselors’ abilities to really help every student adequately. One way students can get the most out of their relationship with their assigned counselor is to prepare themselves with the right questions to ask. Information concerning college requirements, majors, electives, and financial aid are some of the things that should be touched upon. And starting as early as possible in the school year will be most beneficial for everyone.
The R2C Takeaway: High School Spring Break is one of the most popular times to embark on a college tour. Colleges may not yet be on their breaks, and it’s a great opportunity to get a real slice of life picture of what goes on behind the screen or scene. Here are some tips to help make those visits more meaningful and productive for both parents and prospective students.
The R2C Takeaway: Whether we parents consider it or not, teenagers are under a lot of pressure these days, and they all master coping skills at different levels and times. Stress relievers like exercise, sleep plans, no-judgment zones, and encouraging them to communicate with their teachers can help.
The R2C Takeaway: With tuition and student debt on the rise, colleges are facing the task of convincing middle class parents that their schools are worth the large financial layout. The author of this article suggests one way these institutions of higher ed can do that…by offering students a tuition deferment, allowing them to defer up to 75 percent of the cost of attending school — tuition, room, board and fees — and pay it back over 20 years. By taking on this financial burden (at a lower borrowing rate than any private person could manage), colleges will be possibly able to retain the middle class students they are at risk of losing.
The R2C Takeaway: Those who are in favor of schools requiring students to work during college believe that it would essentially do away with the “caste system” that is so obvious in many schools. They also believe that mandatory work-study programs may even contribute to diploma completion. Those who are against the idea believe that ultimately, students who are qualified to do “white-collar jobs” will get those, and the “blue-collar jobs” will go to the rest, thus perpetuating a class system, even so. In addition, those who would be working regardless, will find fewer job opportunities available because the job pool will be more crowded than usual.