Pondering the College Search Process with My 11th Grader #MOOCadvisor and #spon

The Musings from Me kids with Jim Henson and Kermit at the University of Maryland College Park

The Musings from Me kids with Jim Henson and Kermit at the University of Maryland College Park

There’s no avoiding the fact that my 11th grader is looking at colleges. I cannot be in denial any longer.

For the last 18 months, our mailbox has been stuffed to overflowing with postcards, flyers, and letters of interest from colleges all over the country. So as not to get overwhelmed, her dad decided that twice a week, both of them would sift and sort through the mail. Their college search process is working judging by the shrinking stack of postcards and letters.

My 11th grader’s discussions with her dad are only part of her college search process, which includes looking through the postcards and flyers, consulting her thick guide to colleges before finally doing a google search on each college that interests here. Not every prospective college student has as much time available as an 11th grader on summer break who is only doing odd jobs here and there. Most prospective college students will begin their search online. The majority of those searching for colleges or graduate schools have full-time jobs and family commitments.

Time is of the essence and the college search process is a time-consuming process. Enter StudentAdvisor.com. Student Advisor, a Washington Post company, offers college help with free resources and a community of students, parents, and verified advisors.

What is StudentAdvisor.com and how can it help you in your college search?

  • It empowers students of all ages to confidently determine which college or learning opportunity is the right fit for their personality, academics, budget, career path, and future. Think of it as crowdsourcing the college search process using a site incorporating a wealth of information about colleges and graduate schools.
  • StudentAdvisor.com offers free access to trusted educational conversations, college reviews, college comparison and match tools, planning guides, a social network of verified advisors and more.
  • StudentAdvisor.com also publishes The Top 100 Social Media Colleges, a scientifically calculated list that highlights the colleges best using social media.
  • StudentAdvisor.com is a proud member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling and is based in Woburn, Massachusetts.

But, back to my 11th grader’s college search… I’m still trying to figure out how that small kindergartener with that enormous backpack who boarded the school bus without a backward glance is about to enter her final year of school. How did that happen?!  Recently, I wrote a post about dealing with my youngest child going off to kindergarten that will appear on the StudentAdvisor.com in the coming months. I’ll post a link when I have it. Thankfully, I’ll have a year to get used to my daughter going off to college.

For more information about MOOCs, please visit StudentAdvisor.com. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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