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FSU’s career center is geared towards helping students in their professional future. They offer different services such as: mock interviews, advising on writing a cover letter and resume, and a variety of workshops. Throughout the school year, the career center also hosts multiple job fairs, which students are encouraged to join and network with employer’s in different fields today.
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The college selection process marks the transformation of dependent teenagers into independent young adults. This is their opportunity to stretch their wings, to make their own choices, and to begin accepting responsibility for their own lives. This will not be an easy time for you. You only want what is best for your child and who knows better than you what is best for them? You have always made the tough calls and you feel compelled to keep making them. How else can you guarantee your child a successful future? Your active oversight is what makes you a good parent. However, it is very important to hold your parenting instincts at bay and to let your child take ownership of the college selection process, from beginning to end. This does not mean that you become a disinterested bystander…far from it. You are your child’s support system — their composed, confident sounding board and irreplaceable source of encouragement and advice. So, step back, take a deep breath, and watch your child grow. Trust your child and trust yourself. You have prepared your child well for this very important decision. Hopefully a few hints from us will make letting go a little easier.
While your child should be the driving force in this process, you still need to be involved. Try not to take over, but don’t hesitate to question and remind. You should try to learn as much as you can about all the schools in which your child is interested. Create a calendar with your child and organize it with tasks, complete with deadlines, for important actions, like applying for admission, financial aid, or scholarships. Take advantage of opportunities to learn about colleges on their websites, at college fairs, or from visiting admission representatives who may be in your area. Don’t overlook your child’s high school guidance counselor as a valuable resource; yet understand that in many schools, college counseling is not the counselor’s only, or primary, role. Plan trips to all the schools to which your child plans to apply. We would never recommend enrolling at a school you have only visited on the web. While visiting, don’t be in a hurry. Take the time to get to know the campus — have lunch, hang out at the student union, talk to students who are currently enrolled, read the school newspaper, and get a general feel for the campus (preferably while classes are in session). You will need to keep good notes if you visit multiple schools on one trip. You would be surprised how often all the campuses blend together over time. Help your child recap his or her impressions of each visit before you move on to another school. After all the visits are complete, help assess the positives and negatives of each school. Remember, it’s not about your impressions, but your child’s.
If you have financial restrictions which could limit your child’s choices, discuss these limitations early in the process. Nothing is potentially more disappointing than finding out at the end of the process that a first choice is not possible because of a restriction that was known from the beginning and not mentioned. With that said, it would be a mistake to limit your search based solely on cost. All colleges utilize federal, state, and institutional aid to create financial aid packages to help you with expenses. However, very few families, if any, receive packages that match their expectations or desires. Be sure to compare the bottom line of all your offers and not the total amount of aid being extended. A financial aid package with a heavy emphasis on loans that have to be paid back may not be your best choice. As you know, the burden of loan debt can be overwhelming, particularly for new graduates beginning their careers.
As the selection process progresses to the decision stage, avoid the trap of thinking that only one college will be the key to your child’s future success. There are no guarantees in the pursuit of highly sought and coveted admission offers, regardless of how wonderful and deserving you think your child is. The best approach is to visualize and verbalize how happy you will be to have your child enroll at any of the schools to which he or she applies. If not all of the schools extend offers of admission, celebrate the offers received rather than focus on the ones that weren’t. Your child will be successful wherever he or she enrolls as long as you continue to be an active and encouraging presence in his or her life.