The end of high school is an exciting time! There are many ways students can go and none of them is wrong. I firmly believe that there is no single path that is the correct path for students to take. Whether you are ready to go off to college straight away or take a Gap Year, one is not better than another. And if neither is right for you right away and you are interested in setting some goals for yourself in the workforce first, that's just fine too! I am thrilled to help you and your family find the path that works for you.
Do you remember back when your child loved everything about school? The people, the activities, the places, and teachers? It was probably pre-school or Kindergarten. I want that for your college going child.
In this age when most college coaches want to tell you how to get into an Ivy League School, my philosophy is completely different. I want to try to match your child to the college or university that will help your son or daughter flourish, where he or she can be the best person possible, and where they can tell you that they love everything about where they are and the person they are becoming.
Gap Year Planning
High School can leave you burnt out. Sometimes it's time for a break. Gap years are increasingly popular not just with students but with colleges and universities as well.
Not only do students benefit from some perspective gained in a year away from traditional classroom learning, but the kinds of alternative learning that can be done on a Gap Year can make all the difference in how students perform in the classroom later on, how they set goals, manage their time, and even how they come to see themselves as productive members of the world.
Post High Goal Setting
College is expensive. In state and out, tuition and fees have risen steeply in the last decade and more and for many students who can't see themselves in college or on a Gap Year, an alternative plan is sometimes necessary.
This is where Goal Setting comes in. It's one thing to have a summer job at the club, but quite another to make it an indefinite career while you figure out what you maybe want to do in five years. Sitting down, making some goals, figuring out what you do want to do, maybe taking a class or two at a community college, these kinds of things can make the difference between sleeping on a friend's couch and having the couch your friend sleeps on.