Admit it. It is all about you

Admit it,the college application process is all about you.  As juniors and seniors begin the college application process, many factors can deter the focus.  The influence of friends and family, misinformation about the process and the sleek marketing mounted by every college courting a freshmen class creates tensions. To eliminate unwarranted stress and achieve success remember the college admission process is about you. The 2011-2012 college admission cycle should focus on your strengths, your dreams and schools which are the best fit. Crisp Consulting + Coaching would like to offer a few tips for the  college application process that keep the focus where it needs to be.  These admission strategies greatly assist our students and families as they realize their college dreams.

You have many choices. Many parents and students feel the unneeded pressure of seeking the perfect college. There is no one perfect college. Yet, there are many schools that will be a great fit.  Create a selection criteria based on your academic strengths, your social interests, your financial needs. Focus on these factors of fit.  What is the academic strength of departments?  Are cultural and athletic events accessible?  How are students supported outside the classroom?  Your personal priorities should strongly influence your school list.

You are in control. Even if you are applying to selective or highly-selective colleges, you are in control.  Despite the marketing frenzy and media attention regarding the college process, most colleges need you more than you need them. Exercise this control and say no when a school doesn’t meet your selection criteria.

You control your own success. No college has the power to make you happy and wealthy. There research that supports college graduates earn more than those who do not graduate from college.  Yet there is no research that supports a name-brand school will heavily  determine your future earnings and happiness. Jeff Mitchell, a psychologist, coined the phrase the Harvard or Wal-mart Syndrome, which he describes as “a societal disease” that has people thinking they either get  into Harvard orspend their lives working for Walmart.  The truth is that all colleges invest myriad resources in their internship programs, career centers and alumni networks.  The reward of these programs is equal to the amount of work a student invests.

The college application process should not be centered around peer pressure, sleek marketing or exaggerated myths.  The college admission process is about you.  Taking time to identify your needs  will assist you in realizing your success and eliminating unwarranted stress.

Crisp Consulting + Coaching has information regarding admission, education and school options on our YouTube Channel.

Brian D. Crisp is an independent educational consultant with Crisp Consulting + Coaching who works with families in Asheville, Charleston, and Savannah to optimize and realize their unique educational fit and admission success. As a former professor, administrator, and teacher, Brian has the knowledge and skills to counsel families in all aspects of educational planning.

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