@kirroyalemum It’s tooooo early for HER to think about college, or to visit college, or to talk about college. She will not be starting college for another 5 years. She’s only been on this earth for 13 years. Let her forget about college for a couple of years. I’d hold off on taking her to visit colleges, unless she asks. Junior year is a good time to start.
I work with high school students on test prep and college essays. I see dozens of students, year in, year out. I can tell which kids are interested in the college process, and which kids are not. It will be no surprise to say that the majority of kids have little interest until they are juniors, and many simply go through the motions, either to appease parents, or because they resign themselves to their fate. The kids who are hassled by parents are definitely the hardest to motivate.