Finding the Right College

Ask the Experts by Beth Walsh-Sahutske MA, LPC

Q: I think I should be doing something to prepare for college now that my son is in high school, but it feels a little overwhelming. Where do I begin?

A: Often when students are asked what they are looking for in a college they don't really know either. The best way to start is to physically get on college campuses - even if they are not the ones he is thinking of attending.

Locally, we are fortunate to have many easily accessible colleges to consider. If your son is a Freshman that may be a visit for informal activities like sports or theater performances. But older students will want to be more intentional with their visits and take an official tour.

Note what is exciting and may be a draw for the student to seek out on other campuses. Alternately, note the negatives to understand what is not a good fit. Both responses are valuable!

Visiting multiple colleges can sometimes blend together so take pictures and make notes soon after completing the visit.

Don't forget to note that "sixth sense" or less discernable feeling about the campus community. Encourage your son to reflect and being to develop priorities in a good college match. Once you start to develop some priorities you can use these as parameters for online searching in locations that are not as easy to stop by and visit.

Beth Walsh-Sahutske MA, LPC is the chair of the counseling department at Grosse Pointe South High School. She has guest lectured at the University of Michigan and Wayne State University and is the mother of four. Ms. Walsh-Sahutske can be reached at 313.432.3522.

Save the Date

The College Preparation Process for Parents and Students

November 9, 2017 6:30pm
Brownell Middle School, 260 Chalfonte, Grosse Pointe Farms

Pick Two to Attend:
Know How to Go for 9th and 10th grades
Introducing students and parents to the college exploration process including academic and non-academic components

Using Online College Resources for 9th and 10th grades
Demonstrating a variety of college research resources appropriate for freshmen and sophomores. Attendees are invited to bring their own device and interact with sites.

Know How to Go for 11th and 12th grades
Examining the elements of college application know-how and familiarity with financial aid.

Using Online College Resources for 11th and 12th grades
Demonstrating a variety of college research resources appropriate for upperclassmen. Attendees are invited to bring their own device and interact with sites.

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