Q. How can I look my strongest to the colleges I apply to for admission?
A. Colleges want to see students who have challenged themselves by taking either the strongest courses (Honors or AP) or have taken more in a subject than is required. They want to see students who have done their best, worked their hardest; not necessarily made the highest grades in every class. Colleges want leadership. It could be something like organizing a fun run to raise money for a cause. It is important that students “walk the walk, not just talk the talk”: If a student wants to be a doctor, they must either volunteer in a hospital, clinic and/or do some shadowing of physicians during high school. Students need to demonstrate “depth” on their resumes.
Catherine L. Marrs, CEP, Lead Certified College Counselor Info@MarrsCaa.com | www.MarrsCaa.com
Q. I’ve always had a great relationship with my daughter, but recently she seems to be more private about everything.
A. I understand you’re worried, because she’s changing. It’s nothing you’ve done. Developmentally, your daughter is on a journey to determine who she is and where she fits. Creating space between the two of you is necessary for your daughter to establish her identity as a unique person. While she explores her individuality, she needs your consistency, love, and acceptance. Your presence, smile, and touch reassure her. Keep the same expectations. Express your curiosity and interest using open ended statements. Seek her expertise on fashion, food, and technology. Affirm her positive choices, talents, and accomplishments.
JoAnn Schauf | www.yourtweenandyou.com
Q. I have three boys, one preparing for College, and two are applying to private High Schools. Would it benefit all of them to be prepped for their School Admissions Interview?
A. It would be highly beneficial for all three of them to be prepped for their School Admissions Interviews. Now is the perfect time to start the process of practicing the non-academic elements including proper introductions, the art of listening, and to begin cleaning up those social media accounts for admission counselor review. The more time your boys have in practicing basic interview skills the better they will be able to communicate their interests, passions and the reasons they would be a good fit at their chosen school.
Julian Leaver, CPO | www.dapperdiplomat.com
Q. How do I best prepare my child for STAAR tests?
A. It’s that time of year again… the time when students start stressing over STAAR testing. As a parent, you know these tests are critical for your child to be able to move on to the next grade, but what can realistically be done to help your child succeed? One thing is to help foster a productive atmosphere at home, when your children are working on schoolwork. Ensure that your child has a peaceful study environment closed off from siblings and television noise. Another aid is to make sure you’ve reviewed the Texas Education Agency’s website, www.tea.texas.gov, for yearly updates and even access to old tests that can put your child ahead of the game.
Explore Horizons | www.explore-horizons.com