Helping High Schoolers Choose a College

Much has been written and debated about college going preparation and planning.  We all have a stake in this with our young people.  Frank Bruni, a NY Times columnist, provided some keen insight, and the pertinent excerpts are as posted here:

So dig as deeply as you can into what the statistics that colleges showcase do and don’t assure. And treat your undergraduate education as a rare license, before you’re confined by the burdens of full-fledged adulthood and before the costs of experimentation rise, to be tugged outside your comfort zone. To be yanked, preferably. If you’ve spent little time in the thick of a busy city, contemplate a school in precisely such a place. If you know only the North, think about the South. Seek diversity, not just in terms of nationality, ethnicity and race, but also in terms of financial background, especially if your bearings have been resolutely and narrowly upper middle class. You’ll most likely encounter a different economic cross-section of classmates at one of the top state universities than you will at a small private college. Doesn’t that have merit, and shouldn’t that be weighed?

And if your interests and circumstances don’t demand an immediate concentration on one field of study, go somewhere that’ll force you to stretch in multiple directions. (A core curriculum isn’t a bad thing at all.) The world is in constant flux, life is a sequence of surprises, and I can think of no better talents to pick up in college than fearlessness, nimbleness and the ability to roll with change, adapt to newness and improvise.

Link to the whole piece is:

For today’s high schoolers, seeking a place to complete higher education outside of regional or local boundaries can be a great idea.  If we had more of this, we could likely cure our oft-times narrow-mindedness and help our kids increase their chances of succeed in this fascinating global economy!

3 Comments on “Helping High Schoolers Choose a College

  1. The one critical IF, however: “If you’re among the lucky who can factor more than cost and proximity into where you decide to go, college is a ticket to an adventure beyond the parameters of what you’ve experienced so far.” At 20-40K (or more) a year, that doesn’t apply to most of us, especially those of us with more than one to put through. It just doesn’t make sense, in my opinion, to go into debt for undergraduate school.

    • Good points. Somehow we must also move the system to one that is so dependent upon the economics of an individual student’s family. Regardless, networking starts early, and is not created equal from school to school. True too, undergrad is less critical than grad school. THX for posting this comment Mary! And, happy new year! JW

      • Joyous 2013 to you too! I enjoy reading your posts – thanks for keeping me in the loop.

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