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What advice would you give your child
when picking a college or university?
Doing research, choosing and applying for the right college/university is an important and often not an easy assignment that many students and parents have to face. It involves a lot of work, such as writing letters, calling up people, doing research, comparing advantages and disadvantages etc.
Let's not forget that the final decision
will be made by students, but parents can play an important role in
helping and supporting their children to compare and contrast
various educational institutions based on their own needs and
First of all, parents should ask themselves some basic questions, such as:
What if … one day - for whatever reason -he decides to give up and not finish his study?
My strategy would be to sit together with my child and each of us would make a list of criteria and a list of personal and educational objectives. Then I would discuss and compare our results. After that, I would compromise until the perfect match is found which suits both of us from:
I would say that if a university is perceived as better than others this should not necessarily mean that it will be the best for your child. The same is valid if you studied at a certain university. That also doesn't mean that your child should follow into your footsteps. I did my MBA at the University of Leicester and - to be honest - I would be tempted to send my daughter there, too. But first I would make sure that the course, the location etc. she chooses is really what SHE wants.
Many parents and students invest a lot of time in choosing the right course and the right college but few of them consider the fact whether the university chosen will also assist them in finding a great job, once they graduate. Therefore, it would be advisable to look out whether the university has also a career's advice office.Before you can take a decision every parent/student obviously has to make some kind of research in order to gather information on colleges.
There are various options:
There are also computer programs and guidebooks which help students to find colleges with the features they want.
I would say that reading a brochure, looking at a league table or website in which every institution tries to sell themselves as the best, will not give you the same feedback as attending an open day. I would consider the visit of an Open Day as a must, once my child would be serious about a particular course and a particular university. I would even suggest going (together with my child obviously) to open days of 2-3 different universities and then I would discuss with my child which one to choose. I would consider this as the most effective way to determine the best choice for my child.
Once the visit of an Open Day is planned the following questions might help to take the right decision:
Another question you might have is ""Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;">At how many schools should my child apply"? My personal advice to my daughter would be to make a list of the Top 6 schools. The first two schools would represent her dream schools, then two schools in which she would be likely to be admitted and two schools in which it is a sure bet of being accepted.
Last but not least a personal thought: Going abroad to study gets your child in contact with people from all over the world. It could be that s/he might not just end up with a degree but later on maybe also with a spouse (who studied at the same university). So ask yourself as a parent: How happy would I be, knowing that my child would like to get married to a person from a completely different culture? Would I be fine with that too? Think about it!
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