Every week, contributors to CampusChat offer up outstanding advice for parents of the college-bound and for teens as they prepare to begin the college phase of life. Last night's chat was no different. My list of things parents should never do when "helping" their children with the college tours and the admissions process was taken from stories various admissions staff members have shared with me over the years and from some of own experiences.
Many of the "no-nos" were obvious or even unthinkable to most parents (for example, don't bring your cat to the college admissions office or write your child's college admission essay) while others were outright funny, some even painfully so! Chat participants had their own stories and advice to share as well.
I find that the bottom line, when it comes to college admissions, can be a fine line for some parents to walk when it comes to defining supportive vs. smothering or involved vs. controlling. Megan Wilson, assistant director of admission for Western Carolina University summed it up nicely when she wrote: Your student is the applicant.
My Fav Takeaway Tweets from 09/22/10
|handshake20:||Parent to instructor: "Your essays are too hard." Instructor to parent: "Don't do them." #campuschat|
|akilbello:||Parents i think should begin in 9th the process of teaching the kid to be independent. how to navigate a system #campuschat|
|SuzanneShaffer:||Here's a no-no. Don't spend the night in your kid's dorm room during orientation. #campuschat|
For more great tweets, read the complete #CampusChat transcript available here from What the Hashtag?!