By David W. Clark, Ed.M.
Mark your calendar!
An evening program for college-bound high school students and parents:
Become a savvy college consumer. So little time, so many choices. This workshop will include strategies for making the college search work for you and help in de-mystifying paying for college.
Sept. 9 at 7 PM: Newtown Public Library (201 Bishop Hollow Road in Newtown Square)
Reservations, please. E-mail Mr. Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need directions? Have a question? Call Mr. Clark at 610-304-719 (cell) or 610-642-4873 ext. 52 (office).
Two breezy and informative books you’ll find essential as your family moves through the college search process:
Crazy U: One Dad’s Crash Course on Getting His Kid into College by Andrew Ferguson (published by Simon & Schuster, 2011)
Spoiler alert: We, parents, sure put a lot of our hopes and fears into the college search of our children. Is it really a zero-sum game with winners and losers?
Unspoken message: Economically and culturally, attending college is no longer an option in America today.
Never mentioned: Where your son/daughter ends up going to college is NOT an assessment of your worth as a parent, or his/hers as a person.
I knew it all along: Money makes a difference in the college search, and so do the U.S. News & World Report rankings.
Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be by New York Times columnist Frank Bruni (Grand Central Publishing, 2015)
The essential message here for all college-bound high school students and families echoes important pathways to a healthy college search experience.
Theme: College is what you put into it.
Bruni quote (page 27): Sociologist D. Michael Lindsay’s (2014) Platinum Study studied 550 U.S. leaders: CEOs, Presidents of not-for-profits, U.S. Presidents, and other government leaders. Finding? The group of undergraduate colleges attended by these accomplished leaders was highly diverse and showed no pattern, no Ivy league bias.
Echo: SATs roughly track future income. Or as Alan Krueger said in explaining his research, (Bruni, page 140): “A good student can get a good education just about anywhere.”
Next week’s topic: University Honors programs. Great value for your tuition dollar.
David W. Clark, Ed.M. is an independent college admission consultant – with an office in Paoli – who has been working with high school students for more than 35 years. David is a graduate of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. His website is www.collegesearchnow.net and he can be reached there.