I read where a pair of Derek Jeter’s used socks, yes used, were put on sale. Mr. Jeter retired this year after a career with the New York Yankees. So, the $2.5 billion New York Yankees apparently need a few more bucks for their coffee fund because they are selling 19 pairs of the used socks at $409.99 each.
I don’t know what is worse: the Yankees getting every last drop of blood out of their fans (they possibly could have given these to a charity and let the charity sell the socks); or, the people who will put up $409.99 for a pair of used socks (by the way, what survey showed the Yanks that a $410 price point would drive away buyers).
So, along the lines of purchases to consider, let’s tie in the topic of college prepping and college searches for milkids. As readers know from past columns, and your own personal experience, getting your milkid set up to apply for and get into colleges is a lot of work. One route to take is to do your own leg work (which I can tell you is very tiring): you research the web; talk to parents whose kids have been through the process; read columns on the topic; talk to school counselors; etc.
Another option for parents though is to work with a college counselor. These counselors work with families to help them navigate the college application and admission process. And, depending when you start with the counselor (9th grade, 10th grade, etc.), he or she can help you in a numbers of ways: developing the right academic plan for your milkid; charting activities and volunteer work; riting the write essay (did you catch that?); finding the right college fit for your milkid; prepping for the SAT and ACT; filling out the required financial forms like FAFSA to determine the parent’s expected family contribution (known as the EFC – yes, there is excessive acronym usage outside of the military); and many other areas.
Heck, there’s even one counselor who will guarantee your kid a spot at an Ivy or Top 100 school – for a price. He’s charging $600,000 to get your child into an Ivy of their choice (money back guarantee). Read about him here. It’s an interesting article.
But counselors should be certified (organizations such as NACAC, OACAC, or IECA – what did I tell you about the acronym usage). And they charge varying prices obviously. But be careful if they start offering financial advice, such as stashing assets into an annuity to shelter assets from the school’s financial review (I’m not referring to college savings programs, such as 529s).
Since we’re part of the millife, there is a milspouse who provides college counseling, and focusses on milfams (so she would understand the unique qualities a millife that can be an asset for milkid applying to colleges). That’s a lot of milwords, isn’t it?
Her name is Kerri Beckert, and she is an Army spouse (isn’t that cool?). She has posted on here and at the MOAA Spouse page before. Her company is called Anchor Collegiate and you can visit her website to see the extent of services college counselors offer.
Sometimes I wish I had employed this strategy, because there is a lot to the college admission process, and I’m sure I’m missing something. Right now, I’m trying to help my oldest finish up his essay detailing his journey from Okinawa, to Germany, to RVing for 18 months, to now, as he faces his college choice. And I am tired.
Also, help in getting into a good college is more important now than when I was looking (and wondering which school had the best kegs – aka, beer party). In the current economy, with so many grads un- or under-employed, the contacts one makes at a chosen college and the reputation of that college can be a big help to a milkid in his or her career.
Wow, I actually covered two pertinent topics: milkids and college admission AND milspouses keeping a career while on the move.
Time for lunch then. Please post any questions or college admission tips below!