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How to Prepare Your High School Kid for College #JourneytoCollege

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Kaplan Test Prep. I received compensation to write this post, and any opinions expressed are my own, and reflect my actual experience.

After one daughter who has already finished college and grad school, I can tell you how hard it is to prepare your high school kid for college. She did very well in school and could have gone to pretty much any school she wanted. Even so, the planning was overwhelming. But, as a parent who wants the best for my daughters, I did the best I could.

Now, I have another daughter in high school. She’ll be starting 10th grade soon. I wouldn’t even have thought to start planning for college until 11th grade. As I read the KapMap, from Kaplan’s college planning website, I learned that preparing for college should start in 9th grade. We need to get a move on!

How to Prepare for College - for Parents

I thought that your kid took their college admission tests, found a few colleges they want to attend, filled out applications and waited to see who accepted you (which is overwhelming enough). But, there’s so much more to do that it makes sense then to get started early and to be organized.

Tips to Prepare for College

  • Start and keep a good relationship with your guidance counselor. This is one of the most important people to help with college planning.
  • Keep up good grades. Grades do matter to colleges.
  • Volunteer and take part in extracurricular activities. This will be important on your college applications.
  • Keep track of college prep tests. Take the PSAT, the practice SAT and re-take tests if your scores were low.
  • Make sure your social media profile is one that college admission officers can look at.
  • Work with your guidance counselor to take the best course load, some honor classes, etc.
  • Attend college fairs, visit colleges, and learn about college admission forms, essays and interviews, etc.
  • Research about scholarships, and fill out financial aid forms.

The KapMap puts all of this and a lot more into an easy to follow process in calendar form. It sure helped me, especially with information that I had no idea was needed to prepare for college. You can download it for free.

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How You Can Support 5 Charities Inspired By Kids Through The Kid Coalition #SocialGood

Kids today seem to be much more conscious of the world around them and how they can make a difference. In fact many kids today are coming up with great ways to help combat social and environmental issues through charitable acts, and The Kid Coalition is on a mission to help make the dreams of kids like this happen.

The Kid Coalition is a group that brings together young people that have started humanitarian movements. The group works to help by raising awareness through Tomorrow’s Roundtable, a documentary series that addresses social and environmental issues by creating campaigns using the ideas of our youth.

Each episode features 5 children from across the nation as they discuss and explore ways to solve some of the big problems our world faces today. The host, Ivy Joeva, moderates the discussions and helps the children connect their ideas with practical solutions. The audience then votes to determine which solution should be put into action.

The Kid Coalition has invited artists and conscientious companies to create limited edition products featuring the Kid Coalition emblem. Sales from these limited edition products will benefit Tomorrow’s Roundtable and 5 charities “inspired by a child and addressing the world’s most imperative problems.”

You can support The Kid Coalition and these charities by purchasing limited edition products from The Kid Coalition Etsy store.

Limited edition The Kid Coalition Bamboo iPhone Case

Limited edition The Kid Coalition Bamboo iPhone Case

After wholesale, shipping, and Etsy costs proceeds will be divided as follows:

50% to Tomorrow’s Roundtable
10% to Ryan’s Well Foundation (WATER CRISIS)
10% to Make a Stand (HUMAN RIGHTS)
10% to Emily Shane Foundation (EDUCATION)
10% to Katie’s Krops (WORLD HUNGER)
10% to Kids for Peace (PEACE)

Please consider supporting Tomorrow’s Roundtable and The Kid Coalition by making a purchase from the Etsy store and/or sharing the store among your friends. Let’s support these children in their efforts to make a difference in this world! You can find out more about Tomorrow’s Roundtable and The Kid Coalition via @2morrowsvoice on Twitter.

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Get Outdoors and Enjoy Nature! #ForestFriday

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own as always. It may be hard to believe, but surrounding Walt Disney World are untouched areas of forest, swamps and vegetation. My family and I love to sit outside our hotel room, listen to the crickets and look out for rabbit, ducks and wild turkey. […]