xixstar Posted September 18, 2012 Share Posted September 18, 2012 (edited) I have a 17-year-old junior - that re-entered public school in 9th grade - and I am somewhat clueless on progressing forward for college. Is there a good checklist or calendar out there that can help me keep on my toes for what we should be doing? DD is not motivated in this department and I want to gently encourage but also be able to say 'now is time to do x' as well. DD has a vague interest in psychology. She has no interest in where to go or what kind of environment she would like. Guilford is the only school she has ever mentioned because other kids in the Quaker youth program have also gone there. Two big factors: she has a romantic interest in Canada and her current plan is heading there post graduation - I'm hoping the plan evolves because it is impeding other planning. Financial Aid is essential - we simply are not in a point of being able to offer much assistance and don't approve of large student debt. I don't know what our expected contributions would be, but I imagine that we wouldn't fall into a high-needs category but our contributions will be small and so far dd hasn't found a job to begin saving either. DD knows our finances are tight and I wonder if part of her lack of interest in planning is just assuming college won't be possible because we can't offer full coverage. She takes many honors classes and has her first AP class this year. Her grades are upper-average. She doesn't have any volunteer work outside of school and we live in a rural area and we really need to find something. She played JV soccer but due to an injury didn't make the team this year, hopefully next year she will try again. I don't recall what last year's PSATs scores were but they were a bit above average. It's time to sign up for them again - but maybe we need more test prep this time, or should we just focus on SAT prep instead. I'm not sure what to use for prep either - she is resistant to the idea with her other schoolwork already piled high, but I think something needs done to give her the best chance at aid. I am not encouraging the community college first option, though we could probably find that more affordable, because she is out and an active part of the LGBT community but we live in a very conservative, small rural community. I feel like she would do better in a more liberal and accepting environment with stronger/larger community network. I'm starting to think surviving this whole college process will be the biggest challenge we have to face in the next two years. :) Edited September 18, 2012 by xixstar Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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