...If They Can't Stay In
It can seem like getting into college is the biggest challenge these days. With the application process getting more and more competitive, unfortunately, getting in is only the beginning. The real challenge is staying in and graduating.
Years ago, I had a friend I was working with who graduated in the top third of his high school class. He was thrilled to be accepted by Columbia. Everything was just as he imagined. But when I saw my friend in November, things were different.
After lunch one day, my friend began explaining that he had been expelled from college for his grades, and he would be taking a year off and enrolling in a community college to retake some courses. How could this happen to a good student?
My friend admitted that he wasn’t ready for the sudden freedom and responsibility he had in college. He also wasn’t prepared for the academically challenging courses.
I understand sudden freedom can be too much for some students. I just never expected a good student to be one of the first of his graduating class to have to dropped out.
As the excitement of high school graduation is behind us and students are enjoying the summer before heading off to school, it is essential to plan ahead for the challenges of college life.
My friend’s situation stands out in my mind because it was so unexpected. I’ve had a number of former students with more predictable college problems. As you are in the college planning process, watch for these foreseeable issues:
Identify potential problems and avoid them in your college search process. Keep in mind “fit” isn’t just about finding a school that will admit you based on your scores and grades; it is about finding the college where you will be most successful.
Remember, getting into college doesn’t matter if you can’t stay in.
Stephenie, having been a tutor/instructor/mentor since 1996, discovered her passion and founded Lee Academia Educational Consulting, LLC. after she left the dental and medical field. She loves teaching/mentoring and counseling her students. Her passion lies in educating others and helping them pursue their educational path. Today, certified in College Counseling and with more than 10 years of experience, Stephenie and her team continues to blog about current updated educational news and events.
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