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My child the turtle, or: not every achiever is ready for college
My kid is a high-school junior at a selective prep school, doing well academically, involved in music, arts, sports, and other activities. Despite her achievements, she lacks confidence that she can continue to do well in college. She is currently in deep college denial, wondering whether she can live and work independently (she has spent summers away from home and traveled with school and friends) and flatly says,"I'm not ready for high school to be over." She is interested in art and instrumental music, but hasn't really identified an area for which she feels enough passion to devote the next years. She isn't particularly sheltered; she has watched older siblings go away to school and abroad, suffer growing pains, and overcome them. We are considering a gap year in art or art history, but they are few and far between. If she does choose to attend college immediately following high school, she will require a school with strong social support and academic advising/guidance, especially for freshmen. She is very involved in high-school life, in sports, music, and public-service groups, and has a job teaching Sunday school. She is not depressed, just fearful that she is not ready for the next big step and is weighing alternatives to immediately beginning college without confidence in the direction she wishes to take. Advice? Experience?7 replies
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