My Talk at Stanford Splash!

My Talk at Stanford Splash!

Janice Caine at Stanford Splash!

Parent Prep for College Visits at Stanford Splash

I recently presented a seminar, Planning and Preparing for College Visits, as part of the Parents Program for Stanford Splash.  About fifty parents attended the presentation, which began at 1:30 pm and lasted about an hour, including time for questions and discussion.  Yet, when I glanced at the clock as the last parent left the lecture hall, I was astounded to see that it was 2:55.  After the presentation, I was surrounded by parents who had additional questions about college visits and about the college search process in general.

I left the Stanford campus that afternoon elated that I was, in a short amount of time, able to help this group of parents navigate one of the many aspects of the college search process – one that can be particularly time consuming and overwhelming – especially for those families trying to plan multi-day college road trips.

Later that evening I opened an email from the Stanford student who had been the coordinator for the Parent Program.  She was writing to tell me, “I am just reviewing the feedback forms, and your presentation received rave reviews across the board; many parents cited it as the highlight of the program for them!  Some verbatim quotes include: ‘The Planning and Preparing for College Visits was a great eye opener;’ ‘The college presentation was very informative!’ ‘Parents’ Program should have more talks like the ‘Preparing For College Visits’ presentation.”

Whether I am presenting information to a group or working one-on-one with a family, there are multiple messages, tools and techniques that I pass along.  What are two of the most important? For one, I am of the camp that believes that college visits really do matter and I cite and discuss several findings that attest to this.  Second, college visits can be much more valuable if each one is specifically designed to meet the needs of the individual teen.  While making these arrangements will take more time and effort, the student will come away with not just a clearer sense of the ambiance and atmosphere of the school, but with a clearer sense of self as well.

The positive feedback from the evaluations brought back memories of the day several years ago when the idea came to me for what is now Custom College Visits.  I founded the company because I saw a need among families of college-bound students for someone to guide them through the college visit process, especially those visiting multiple colleges over the course of multiple days.

If you are planning a trip with your teen or you’d like to discuss arranging a presentation for a group or organization, I’d love to hear from you.

Janice Caine

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