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During this winter holiday season of tasty food, bountiful gifts, and rich-family time, one other theme runs throughout. LISTS. Santa makes a list of the naughty and nice children. Kids make lists for all the presents they hope to get. Adults make lists of who will get holiday presents this year and who will just get the requisite card. And hosts make lists of all the things they need to cook and prepare before the company comes.
And for parents of high school juniors, one of the best gifts you can give your child
this holiday season is a list of colleges.
You may think that this list can wait and that you have plenty of time. But like with baked brie on the appetizer table, you want to get it early and not when it has been sitting out for four hours. The earlier you have a preliminary list of colleges for your child (and this list can, and should, change over time and as you and your child learn more), the sooner you can start the essential research needed to have a refined list of the actual colleges your child will apply to, all set, by August. The research needed takes not only time but also planning so the sooner you begin, the more you can enjoy the process rather than feel stressed.
Let’s talk through some of the benefits of having the college list.
- Ability to Coordinate with High School Days Off: First, the school calendar provides multiple opportunities to take advantage of high school off days to visit colleges. Visiting a college at any time provides value but visiting when students are on campus gives you an even clearer picture of what you will get. The long weekends afforded by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President’s Day holidays offer perfect opportunities to visit a couple of schools that you can easily drive to in a few hours.
- Ability to Plan for Spring Break: In addition, Spring Break provides a wonderful opportunity to see a whole slew of colleges in session (be sure to check the schools’ websites to confirm their availability before you visit). You can either plan your visits around visiting family or just use the time to visit colleges. And speaking of time, you’ll want to register for college information sessions and tours well in advance as they often get booked up especially when high school students are off of school.
- Ability to Begin Your Research: Having your college list early also allows your child to start their research, too which includes taking virtual college tours, checking out college Instagram accounts, talking to current students and recent alums, and poking around the internet to see what other information they can glean about the schools on their list.
So now you can add the need for a college list to your ever-growing to-do list! And if you’d like some expert help in making that list, we are here for you with our high quality, affordable Personalized College List Service among other affordable college application offerings so you can save yourself some time to buy all of those presents on your list.
Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy, and joyful holiday season.