How do I get through the applications process without affecting parent-child relationship?

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    Lisa Buchwalter
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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 8 months ago

Parents and students should sit down and talk carefully about goals for college. Once goals regarding major and geographical areas are determined, it is almost always better for the student to take the initiative from there on. Parents can be helpful in looking at the final draft of essays, and in monitoring deadlines, but it is best if the student does the actual writing and filling out of the applications and keeps to their own schedule. This can be a tense time in families, and in order to maintain harmony, the parents need to trust that the student, who is....View More

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How do I get through applications process without affecting parent-child relationship?

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    Lisa Buchwalter
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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 8 months ago

The college admissions process can be very stressful for families. It can be a tense time, when all of your hopes and dreams from years of hard work and ideating on which college your child will choose seems to be coming to a head. Do not forget however that this is your child’s process. Your child should be the one doing the research on colleges, writing the essays and managing the process. This may be the last large project you and your child do together, so do not ruin this special time by too much nagging. You should be there....View More

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What should go on the parents' to-do list after the kid has finally committed to a college?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 8 months ago

Congratulations! Your student has been admitted to college. The hard part of this process is over! Now you can get involved in the logistics to make sure that the transition is smooth. Make sure you read carefully the information that comes their acceptance. It will clearly tell when the first deposit is due.  You should consider turning in your deposit even earlier than the deadline of May 1 however, as this will give your student the best chance at getting their preferred housing. Once your initial deposit is in, you may want to help your student determine which housing options....View More

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How do I convince my parents that I should be able to study something other than engineering or medicine?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 8 months ago

Although it can be difficult to persuade parents that studying liberal arts subjects such as English, history, math, science or political science is a good investment, this is where some of the best learning often occurs. Class sizes are smaller, you often can do direct research with professors, and it is much easier to get a meaningful, personalized teacher recommendation for graduate school. Rates of admission to medical school, and graduate engineering and business (MBA) programs are often higher from students who pursue a liberal arts degree. As the world becomes increasingly complex, and as it is impossible to even....View More

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As a parent, what are the things I should know about the college admissions process? What should I prepare for?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 8 months ago

As a parent, your main job during the college admissions process is to first of all sit down and discuss with your student their dreams and goals, and make sure that they dovetail with yours. You should give your child some sort of idea of how much you can afford per year, and whether or not they will be expected to take out student loans or to work during school. Then you should, as much as is possible, be there to love and support your child during this time, which can be very stressful. The bulk of the work for....View More

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I'm in 12th CBSE. Financial Situation of my family isn't that good. My parents told me not to take any further steps towards applying abroad, but they obviously wish to send me to a good University. Are there any good Colleges (USA , Canada, HK-Singapore), that just might accept me with my Board Marks or SAT(1450, may), IELTS TOEFL, assuming I can afford the expenditures later on?

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Geetha Swamy Answered 5 months ago

There are all kinds of opportunities for financial aid and assistance in good universities in the world. Even with financial aid, it is likely your parents may have to spend some money. The question is how much can they afford. There are also universities that less expensive where you have a good chance of being admitted with merit scholarships since your SAT score is good and you seem to be a good student. I could probably give you more focused advice if I knew a little more about you and your aspirations!

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What is the cost of attendance per year for computer science undergrad at Urbana Champaign

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Anupama Singh Answered 5 months ago

It's a fairly quick search to find this information online. In future, I suggest that you try to search for information that is easily accessible.  Websites in the USA have reliable, up-to-date information.  I also strongly recommend you do not write to colleges and universities directly with questions that can be easily answered online, especially when asking for information about computer science.  If you are interested in CS and are hoping to get admitted to a CS program, the universities will assume that you have a skill set to do some very simple online research.  You do not want to make....View More

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My parents got degrees in India but their college was only for 3 years. Am I considered first generation for international college applications?

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Anupama Singh Answered 5 months ago

The answer can depend on the school you apply to, but generally you will not be considered first-gen because your parents were admitted to and attended college.

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Will it be easy for Indian students to fit abroad specially in America and Canada when their confidence level is not very high and their English is also not very good?

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Geetha Swamy Answered 5 months ago

This one is a strange question. Adjusting to a new environment is never a cakewalk. It requires guts, determination and a desire to succeed. Ability to converse comfortably in English helps but there are a lot of people in these countries who have gone there with very limited English. Students can take Foundation courses to improve their language in these countries. It also helps to build confidence.

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