“The First Step that Every Family Must Take in the College Prep Process”
By Ashley Hill
The college prep process is an exciting time in the lives of college-bound teens and their families. Although this time can be challenging for many families, the challenge is well worth the time and effort necessary to make a successful transition from high school to the college setting.
Yet, no two students are alike which means that their college prep journeys will be equally as different. The unifying characteristics of every student’s college prep journey must be a college prep strategy designed to give students the competitive advantage. Students need a competitive advantage because students in local, national, and international areas are competing for freshmen spots in colleges. Families must also be aware that college applications displaying stellar grades and an extensive volunteer history don’t automatically mean successful college admissions into the student’s desired college.
What’s the first step in the college prep process?
The first step is to develop an accurate perspective of the college prep process and the college environment. This first step may seem unimportant but is vital as it influences the course of the college prep process for students and families. Having realistic expectations of the college prep process and college life helps students to reduce stress, expand access to college prep resources, and minimize distractions by avoiding common roadblocks in the college prep process.
How do students and families develop realistic expectations?
The following tips will help college-bound students and their families develop realistic expectations of the college prep process and college life in order for students to transition to college successfully.
Ashley Hill brings her knowledge, expertise, and compassion to assisting college bound teens and their families with the college prep process. She founded the organization in response to her personal journey to achieving success in her undergraduate biology program.
She is the author of “Celebrating the Journey: Rediscovering Me”, a book designed to empower and uplift youth heading to college to remain leaders during their college years despite the challenges of college life. Her desire is for families to have candid conversations before college bound teens make the transition to the college environment.
Ms. Hill graduated from Kent State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. She graduated with a Master of Public Health degree from A.T. Still University in June 2011.