Apr 08 2015
As my oldest is weighing his ROTC and college options, my next oldest is stepping into the college admissions fray. It’s like it’s out with one and in with the other.
Anna will be a junior next year and has set her sites on some colleges where she’d like to study Math and Astronautical Engineering – as well as looking at Air Force ROTC.
Where does that put her (and us) in the college application preparation process, you ask? Well, to help put her in a good position to be competitive for admission, as well as for ROTC and scholarships, she needs to look at the rigor of her class load the next two years. And this is the time to think about class load because she’s registering for her junior classes.
However, this decision is probably more important for current juniors because there is a tendency to take it easy during senior year (senioritis, I have enough math credits, etc.). So then, what better topic for a column this week than some college admission advice for milfams with rising seniors.
Naturally, for some insight, I turned to my favorite college counselor and expert, Kerri Beckert – mil spouse and owner of Anchor Collegiate, where she helps guide kids and families through the competitive college admissions and application labyrinth.
Her comment about rising seniors and the importance of class rigor was this:
“Students see the end game as graduation: ‘what will it take for me to graduate from High School?’ And many times High School Counselors are more concerned with that also. However, parents and students should be looking at college and university websites, asking during campus visits, and emailing to ask: ‘What courses did students who were accepted at your institution take in High School?’ The end game is not graduation. The end game is college preparedness and acceptance.”
Sage advice, but probably not what most students want to hear about their senior year.
Classes are very important to selective schools, and preparing for this even applies to middle school. Setting up your milkid so that he or she is taking Algebra in 8th grade can mean that he or she can take AP Stats or some higher math in 12th grade.
Kerri has a great blog on this topic here: http://www.anchorcollegiate.blogspot.de/2014/08/mind-gap-part-one-how-gap-between-high.html
Also, “like” her Facebook page, it has a lot of good info for milfams trying to navigate the college admissions process and trying to find the right fit of a school for their milkid. You can find Kerri’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/AnchorCollegiate?fref=ts
Oh, and I will add that she also advises that if your milkid is taking solid coursework, a study hall is not seen as a bad thing. I’m kind of glad of that because the extra time lets my kid get to sleep by 11 or so.
Now that the issue of class load is covered, my next area to think about is summer programs for Anna, but ones that she enjoys.