How To Navigate The College Admissions Process With Your Teens

How To Navigate The College Admissions Process With Your Teens

College admissions expert and founder/CEO of Ivy Wise, Dr. Kat Cohen, joins Billy Bush and Kit Hoover on Access Hollywood Live with coping tips for parents and high school seniors riding the college acceptance rollercoaster. How can students deal with college rejection? And, how do graduates pick the right college?

Boom. You can take yourselfie like that. March madness here for college acceptance not basketball. High ask seniors and parents are riding the roller coaster of did you or did you not get into the school of your choice. College admission expert founder CEO of ivy wise Dr. Cat joins with us coping tip for the entire family. Hi guys. Hi cat. March is the high season. This is the stressful time. It is what do you remember about your own college experience sns. I had a ball. My dad likes to say he was on the dean's other list. That's. Not a lot going on there. Not a lot going on but we managed to have some fun and attend a class here and there. I loved chapel hill. To have me I don't remember it being that stressful. I remember I kind of had my safety school. All seemed laid back looking back that's not the case these days. It isn't. So kids rate now are feeling that anxiety because they are about to get the acceptances. I would say parents even more feeling that anxiety right now. Weren't to know what is going to happen. Tips that the time. No. 1. Dealing with college acceptance stress. Dealing with the stress. So first of all we tell kids okay. Focus on academic. Because let's say you get a decision the next few week. Let's say you are wait listed colleges look at the end of senior year grades. So focus your energy on academic and activities. But also you want to think positively. Hopefully you have played to great balance list of reach target likely schools so you have a school to attend. Not just one school out there for you. And it's the end of senior yeevrment you have yeevrment you have spring break. Senior year prom. Last few months to enjoy it with your friends and in high school so enjoy it. How many schools should you apply to. We tell our students to be the applying to at least 10 schools. 10 to faichbility wow! Very different than back in our day. Now we talk about coping with rejection. I feel like every kid usually lands where they should be. Actually rejection is not such a bad thing because rejection is a part of life. Maybe at this point in their life they have only experienced rejection from a girlfriend or a boyfriend. They need to learn how to cope with this. We tell students it's okay to focus but move on. Right. Have 10 first choice schools on your list. There's not only one dream school for you. Don't get too attached to the dream school. The parents don't get too attached to Harvard or whatever. I heard a great line that was it's not where you go it's what you do there. Right. Exactly. That's good bill. I'm full of lines today. Vocabulary. Call me bill. It's really humbling. I love it. Deciding on the right school. Right. So let's say do you have all these acceptances. If you should be so lucky. If you are so lucky and done the research in advance. You want to go bawant to go back to the research. So good on to the colleges web site. Look up courses for. Professor. Activity would youen game in and also follow their social immediate y.find out what is going open on the campuses. They have Twitter feed. Facebook. You can be Reading the blog. Publication. Learn about whether is happening. The other thing is if you haven't visited yet you want to visit now before the may 1st enrollment dead lane. That's really important. Also I tell students you know you will get a lot of feedback from other people. Parents mate want something. Boyfriend girlfriend your friends. You mit want to good to school just because you have heard of the name. But you have to do that gut check. You are the person who is going to be living there and attending the school so go with your gut. I'm not ready for this my kids are younger. This is stressful yawl go sooner. You mention the internet. Most important thing. Forget about essay, writing, make sure the Facebook page isn't loaded with dumb things. Instagram and that stuff. Keep your private life off of selfie and things like that. Yes. We tell students you know admission officers are gooling students as playing so make sure the social media and whole on line prewhole on line press Saens great, is a positive presentation of who you are and there's a way to do it. You could do it in the right way or wrong way. So be careful. I am glad is that thank goodness. Instagram. Such a is in young man. Google. Whoa. What about finances how do you afford college these days I feel lake it's througfeel lake it's through the roof. It is. So what we tell students when applying make sure that you have a balance list of schools academic social and financial fit. So rate now students are getting the acceptance letters and different financial aid packages. Copackages. Compare the packages. Also tell kids so let's say they have 2 different packages. College X and college Y. They like X better but less money. Call college X and say college Y gave me this amount and negotiate with them because once you are in the college wants you. They are going to try to get to you come to the school. Thinks a great time to do that. Also parents have a frank conversation with your kids. Tell them here's what I am going to be paying and this is what you need to contribute. You might need part-time job or you mate need to sell your car from high school. The other thing is create a budget. There's tuition resume and board. Yes. But I always tell parents think 10% beyond. That because you have got transportation. Student activities. Cell phone bill everything else you need to think by. I'll get my kids to pay for a little bit after I get them to clear the plate from the fichlt puppet the fat college pictures. Presidential hang over. Why president Obama facing off against Zack after these messages from your local station.