Helping high school seniors through college preparation process

Posted at 9:06 PM, Oct 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-10 21:06:25-04

Just weeks into the school year and college-bound seniors already have work to do.


"Parents are excited about it, students, not so much."


The college selection and application process is full of deadlines and documents.  Mia Redrick, the Mom Strategist says don't get overwhelmed, there's an app for that.


"You fill out one application at Common App, and you pay on fee there and it will cover you for up to 800 colleges that your kid can apply to,


Redrick says the Common App will also help you streamline the process, like getting ready for the admission essays.


"Have your child right now identify who they would like to support them in their essays so that teacher has enough time to really support them in writing great essays."


Now is also the time to seek out references to help your student sell themselves to the schools where they apply.


"Your child needs to identify people who are in the community as well as other teachers who think the world of them because they need letters of recommendation and now is a perfect time for your child to create a list.


Last but not least, identify schools that offer early action and early decision options.


"This is the perfect time to identify a school that is an early action school.  That means that if you are accepted via early action you are accepted to that school but it's a non-binding acceptance you do not have to attend that school, an early decision acceptance is a binding acceptance."


Another benefit from the early admission options, they can take off some the pressure while you're waiting, that's if you meet the deadlines.


"Right now early action and early decisions are critical to make sure you don't miss any of the October 31st deadlines."