Introducing a New Expert Content Section: Careers
Maybe it's early for this, but as I have two in the class of '18, I'll get the ball rolling. I've been starting to browse college-related threads in the main forum, and I just took a peek at the parents class of 2018 thread over there. OMG. Long posts bragging about their kids' scores (the thread was started in 8th grade by someone who just had to tell the world that her kid already had a 31 on the ACT), obsessing over their kids' course selection, etc., etc. There but for the grace of God....
Anyway, since I need something, anything, to do for my kids, I am starting to learn about colleges. The kids did well on the practice PSAT, so they are starting to get tons of college emails and real mail. It feels like their school's college counseling department is starting to gear up the machinery to handle their class. So I'm trying to get educated about things to come. Also, I'm wondering whether boarding school college counselors advise students about how to consider financial realities when choosing colleges. Our financial reality is that we won't be able to pay more per year than we already do for their heavily subsidized prep school education. And I don't want them saddled with big loans; one is aiming for med school and will accumulate plenty of debt there. So they either have to get into schools that truly meet full need or get big merit aid. I hope the college counselors can steer them accurately, given those constraints.