5 Ways Parents Can Help Their Kids Pick the Perfect School

I wrote this article for Campus Care, read the excerpt below and check out the rest here!

Picking schools can be tough.  Students feel pressure to get into a great school, while still having it be ‘perfect’ for them.  Parents also feel pressure because they want their children to make the best choices.  Here are 5 tips for parents while helping their child choose the perfect school:

How to Choose the Perfect University

  1. Your Perfect is Not Their Perfect

Everyone has different qualities, quirks, differences and similarities that they like in schools.  What is right for your child might not be the school that you would have chosen for yourself.  Likewise, the school that is ‘perfect’ for them might be a poor choice for their best friends.  It is important to set a level of expectation for yourself and your child.  Be sure to keep checking in with yourself that you are not pushing your choices onto your child and that your child is aware that their choice is for them, and it might not be the same as their friends.

  1. Instinct Does Not Need Reasoning

The best way to help your child find the right school is to go visit the campuses and just sit on them.  Go to the cafeteria, eavesdrop on a few conversations on the quad and see if your child feels like that school is right for them.  Deep down we usually know if something feels right.  Often times, this cannot be reasoned with.  In fact, if you hear your child convincing themselves of a certain choice, like “well, I guess it has a good poli sci department, and the PE center is good enough…”, it is not the right one.

I wrote this article for Campus Care, read the excerpt below and check out the rest here!

3 thoughts on “5 Ways Parents Can Help Their Kids Pick the Perfect School”

  1. ” Your Perfect is Not Their Perfect ” this was the point that tried to explain to my parents when we were discussing bout university that i should get into.. I ended up in a uni that i didnt really want, but it’s not bad though. It’s a very nice post, hopefully parents really get this before chosing a perfect uni for their children.

  2. Great tips! As parent we play a great part of our child’s life. Thanks for those smart tips you shared on choosing a perfect school for our kids.

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