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Parents of the HS Class of 2022

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  • LovetogolfLovetogolf 21 replies0 threads Junior Member
    I think our PSATs don’t come out till the 11th. But, yes, we are planning on test prep this summer.
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  • LovetogolfLovetogolf 21 replies0 threads Junior Member
    S22 found the early access website. His scores were not as high as I hoped. But, we purposely had him do zero prep to see where his starting point was. They are very good scores, just not as high as I thought they’d be.

    I don’t think National Merit Semifinalist is even a thought (especially in NJ), but he might be able to get to commended scholar next year. Looking for opinions on whether it’s worth it to prep and try to get that or if we should focus only on either the ACT or SAT and just prepping for whichever of those he will take?
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  • vistajayvistajay 1512 replies27 threads Senior Member
    @Lovetogolf , I would do a prep class that covers PSAT and SAT, and sign him up for an SAT testing not long after the PSAT. Then still plenty of time for ACT prep if he needs it.
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  • Beyou2022Beyou2022 30 replies5 threads Junior Member
    My DS22 got his PSAT score back, his SI is 214. The cut for Florida has been 219 for the last few years from what I've read. Confident that NMSF is still within his reach. He will prep for next year's PSAT for sure (he didn't do any prep for this year's).
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  • Beyou2022Beyou2022 30 replies5 threads Junior Member
    Excited to be receiving my copy of the Fiske Guide today :) I am in the planning stages of our upcoming college tours. Would like to be done with college tours by the end of DS22's junior year so he can focus on his college applications in summer & fall 2021.
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  • washugradwashugrad 1153 replies13 threads Senior Member
    Hi all, my middle kid, D20, just got accepted ED to Reed the other day so I can stop worrying/focussing on her admission journey and turn my focus towards S22. I think I'll mostly go back to lurking here for another 6-8 months until things heat up on the timeline for these guys but I was pretty shocked in a good way to see the PSAT results yesterday. S22 went into that test nearly cold - he'd looked at the format so I'd estimate he'd probably spent maybe 10-20 minutes looking at an old test but no real study and he took the SAT in middle school for CTY but didn't study for that either. He came out of it saying the math was easy but the verbal was kind of hard. Anyway, he had a 690 on the verbal which is as high as my middle kid got after test prep in 11th grade. He's got more room to grow in math (610) but still a solid score. I have no illusions about getting national merit in California, just hoping for a good SAT score which is a similar format.
    So now I have to go find the threads for 'the A- student who plans to major in some form of CS' and 'what school is like RIT but on the west coast' . Actually he might end up being the easiest one to find a list for - Oregon State, San Jose State, UCSC, Santa Clara U...
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  • basil1basil1 131 replies10 threads Junior Member
    Hello all! I've not checked in a long time. I got my daughters PSATs back today and she did okay--certainly not CC good but decent. She didn't prepare because I wanted to see where she was going in cold. I am going to have her start t the Khan test practice and have her do a class this summer to start preparing for the SAT's. Over Thanksgiving we went on our first college tour at SMU in Dallas. They do a great job and it's a beautiful campus. I'm excited to go to more.
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  • VineyarderVineyarder 151 replies0 threads Junior Member
    S22 got an 1140 on the PSAT (600 verbal, 540 math). Also came into it cold, so it gives us a good baseline to work from next year.

    He made the JV basketball team, whose first real game of the season is tomorrow. They won their two scrimmages. I'm excited to see him taking on American competition after our years overseas.
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  • sfSTEMsfSTEM 150 replies4 threads Junior Member
    @washugrad We're in San Francisco, and eyeing possible schools for CS as well (S22 *thinks* he wants CS, but still leaving open other engineering possibilities). RIT is actually one of the schools we're gonna look at. Would be a dramatic weather change, that's for sure.
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  • 13street13street 6 replies0 threads New Member
    I have been following the board but have not posted anything in a while. DS 22 is still undecided on academic interest. Grades are good but not tippy top, and PSAT score was good but a bit below the NMSF range in MA. He's enjoying being a basketball ref this winter.

    We've done some tours over Thanksgiving a Xmas holidays. Understandably, the schools were not in session but we thought the visits might give DS a sense of colleges outside the Boston area. (We've been to Harvard/MIT/Boston College for various activities and he's seen Boston University and Northeastern.) Thus, these visits to colleges outside of Boston were mostly a campus size/ neighborhood/ /architecture evaluations.

    During the Thanksgiving break, we saw U of Delaware (liked it), Swarthmore (meh), Haverford (liked it) and Villanova (loved it). Over the last ten days, we saw Lafayette (liked it), Gettysburg (liked it), Washington & Lee (liked it), and U of Richmond (liked it). Personally, I liked all of these campuses. My only concerns are getting to and from places like Easton, Gettysburg and Lexington in terms of visits for breaks and holidays.

    We'll probably do a few more trips in the spring and next summer.
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  • GKUnionGKUnion 344 replies10 threads Member
    I just stumbled upon this topic via the “Latest Posts” category.

    My S22 is a strong student, though the intense athletic schedule he maintains contributed to a slight dip in grades this past term. I had no clue he would take the PSATs this fall so he went in totally cold with roughly 5 hours of sleep under his belt. His score was serviceable, but there’s plenty of room for improvement. He’ll never be a NMF/NMSF in our state and I’m completely fine with that. If he can add 200 points when all is said and done he would be in a very good place.

    When he travels for games, tournaments and camps we try to squeeze in at least one college tour. He hasn’t decided what he wants to study yet so the tours are geared more towards determining the type of school/campus he prefers.

    The college search with S22 will be vastly different than it was with S18. My older son begrudgingly applied to 6 schools though he was only interested in 2. We knew he’d end up at a school within a few hours of each other. With S22 we’re already looking at schools 15+ hours apart and his choice will be influenced by athletics. It’ll be an interesting ride.
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  • Beyou2022Beyou2022 30 replies5 threads Junior Member
    Happy New Year to all! 🎉 Wishing you all the best in this new year and new decade!
    @AKFirefly Congrats on your daughter graduating from Princeton!! Hope your d resolves her health issues. For colleges seniors, applying to jobs and/or grad school, this is a very stressful time.
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  • GoodGrief16GoodGrief16 527 replies2 threads Member
    13street wrote: »
    During the Thanksgiving break, we saw U of Delaware (liked it), Swarthmore (meh), Haverford (liked it) and Villanova (loved it). Over the last ten days, we saw Lafayette (liked it), Gettysburg (liked it), Washington & Lee (liked it), and U of Richmond (liked it). Personally, I liked all of these campuses. My only concerns are getting to and from places like Easton, Gettysburg and Lexington in terms of visits for breaks and holidays.

    We'll probably do a few more trips in the spring and next summer.

    That sounds fun to me! I really quite enjoy college visits and wish we lived in an area where it was a matter of a simple road trip. Did your son enjoy looking? My daughter does not crave college visits, lol, but I do think it's useful to get an idea of what is out there so the student can start to comprehend the options.
    GKUnion wrote: »
    When he travels for games, tournaments and camps we try to squeeze in at least one college tour. He hasn’t decided what he wants to study yet so the tours are geared more towards determining the type of school/campus he prefers.

    The college search with S22 will be vastly different than it was with S18. My older son begrudgingly applied to 6 schools though he was only interested in 2. We knew he’d end up at a school within a few hours of each other. With S22 we’re already looking at schools 15+ hours apart and his choice will be influenced by athletics. It’ll be an interesting ride.

    That's what we did with the older two; visited colleges when it was convenient on a trip, and only a couple times. In the end, our olders did not apply to those colleges visited early, but it did get them starting to think. The athletic part is very exciting! You do have quite the ride ahead.

    Beyou2022 wrote: »
    @AKFirefly Congrats on your daughter graduating from Princeton!! Hope your d resolves her health issues. For colleges seniors, applying to jobs and/or grad school, this is a very stressful time.
    Thank you (this is me with my regular name and hoping I did not break a rule years ago when I switched to a name that did not include my state :-) ). My daughter is heading into finals so it's a time of significant stress but the techniques she learned seem to be helping. She commented that she has so much more energy now and did not realize how badly she felt until the issue was resolved.

    That leads into a bit of early advice I will offer based on my experience with my older two: do investigate health services available at the college and the community and the relative ease of accessing the services. Both of mine had to ultimately access mental health care which can be (usually is) quite difficult. One had to have an emergency appendectomy and the other has had to access neurology, PT, and OT. Not all providers will take every insurance plan, and in the end, college health care has been a huge expense for us, even with what seemed to be adequate coverage.

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  • 13street13street 6 replies0 threads New Member
    Thank you for your comments. Yes, he did enjoy seeing the colleges. We did these college visits as part of a Civil War study tour during which we visited Gettysburg, Antietam, Appomattox and Manassas. The entire family (including S24) enjoyed the trip.
    13street wrote: »
    During the Thanksgiving break, we saw U of Delaware (liked it), Swarthmore (meh), Haverford (liked it) and Villanova (loved it). Over the last ten days, we saw Lafayette (liked it), Gettysburg (liked it), Washington & Lee (liked it), and U of Richmond (liked it). Personally, I liked all of these campuses. My only concerns are getting to and from places like Easton, Gettysburg and Lexington in terms of visits for breaks and holidays.

    We'll probably do a few more trips in the spring and next summer.

    That sounds fun to me! I really quite enjoy college visits and wish we lived in an area where it was a matter of a simple road trip. Did your son enjoy looking? My daughter does not crave college visits, lol, but I do think it's useful to get an idea of what is out there so the student can start to comprehend the options.

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  • Rue4Rue4 29 replies0 threads Junior Member
    Hello! My 2 daughters are '21 and '22. I've been so focused on D'21, because she's first, but also my high stats, knows exactly what she wants to do and what type of school she wants kid. We toured 4 schools last spring break and D'22 came along and was miserable and realized exactly what she doesn't want in a school (which is helpful!). My issue in trying to plan tours this spring break is that I want to include her interests and tour at least one school just for her, but other than "not small and not rural" she has no real idea about major or interest area. Maybe communications, interior design. She's artistic, but not an art school kid at all. Finances will be a HUGE issue, so the schools she tosses out wanting to consider (for no particular reason) are not reasonable based on the NPC. She had a 4.2 after freshman year, but currently has 2 B+. PSAT was only 1050. I'm thinking she's likely to end up mid 1200's after prep. She'll probably only end up with 2-3 APs (others are all honors or Dual Enrollment), so a solid kid, but not the crazy high stat stand out her sister is. I've got to find some lesser known schools where she might get some $ (merit of financial aid), but still fit her desire for a decent size, not rural and great school spirit. We are in VA and she wants to stay in the South, but doesn't want VT since "everyone" goes there. and VCU is not her at all. I'm not sure how to even work on our search for her. I keep ruling out schools that look interesting due to $$. I feel like between the two girls, I'm spending all my free time researching schools. This process has been SO much easier with DD'21. Just venting.
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  • dadof2ddadof2d 236 replies17 threads Junior Member
    @Rue4
    Be sure to check out the various 3.0-3.4 threads. They have great school suggestions for kids with more normal stats. Here is a link to the 2022 thread:

    https://talk.collegeconfidential.com/class-20xx-community/2137969-parents-of-the-hs-class-of-2022-3-0-3-4.html#latest
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  • GKUnionGKUnion 344 replies10 threads Member
    Rue4 wrote: »
    We are in VA and she wants to stay in the South, but doesn't want VT since "everyone" goes there. and VCU is not her at all. I'm not sure how to even work on our search for her. I keep ruling out schools that look interesting due to $$. I feel like between the two girls, I'm spending all my free time researching schools. This process has been SO much easier with DD'21. Just venting.

    @Rue4 Why not check out JMU?
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  • LovetogolfLovetogolf 21 replies0 threads Junior Member
    I had a great conversation with S22’s guidance counselor today. She suggested he take a practice ACT on Saturday that they’re doing at school. And we talked about making a real college list this summer to visit in the fall and winter. We cannot do any visits in the spring because his baseball coach doesn’t allow it. She’s going to help us earlier than she usually does with kids. She’s amazing, and I feel very lucky. I asked her to help me reign in my son as I think he’s overloading himself. She agreed, and she’s going to help me as much as she can to steer him to a slightly easier schedule.

    It was supposed to just be S21’s junior conference, but that was short because he wants to join the military right after HS. So we had some time for S22.
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  • vistajayvistajay 1512 replies27 threads Senior Member
    First substantial batch of college mail arrived yesterday for S22. A few had come earlier but this was 6 different school mailings in one day. I guess his PSAT scores (decent but not great) have been purchased for college marketing. I saved them for him to review if he wants but he has no interest at the moment. HS soccer playoffs and a school play are capturing all his current attention.
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