19 Dec Parent Prep for College Visits
In most cases, the parent(s) handle the nuts and bolts logistics when it comes to planning college visits.
Yes, we hope our teens will take the initiative to do the initial background research on different colleges and universities, and ultimately develop their own list of questions as they prepare for college visits. Yet, along with preparation for standardized tests, a daunting class schedule, and keeping up with extracurricular activities, its difficult to imagine them taking on the added responsibility of planning college visit logistics.
So, the planning will more than likely fall to an adult. In addition to travel preparation and tour/interview scheduling, its important for parents to prepare for the college visits. Like your teen, you may want to review the web sites of the schools you will be visiting, but naturally with a different eye. Your teens should develop questions based on their social and academic interests, and the parent should focus on their concerns. If you cant find the answers from the colleges web sites and materials, make sure to jot down the questions, so youre prepared to ask them when you arrive on campus. These issues might have to do with campus safety, dealing with emergency situations, on-campus healthcare, financial constraints/cutbacks based on the economy, etc.
Similar to the College Visit Student Journal, I suggest you take several copies of Custom College Visits College Visit Parent Checklist. While shorter than the student version, the Parent Checklist has a list of questions for you to ask, with plenty of room for noting the responses and adding any additional questions you might have.