I know that kids’ generally do not want to think about reading more books during their school career. But if your child is rapidly approaching those college years, there are some that should make your bookshelf. As a bookseller, it is my job to be constantly reading books. So I am sharing 2 books every potential student(and parent)should read.
Getting into college seems like such a daunting task for students. It is a scary process that involves a lot of “what ifs”. What if I can’t get in? What if I don’t have high enough grades? What if I took the wrong standardized tests? Yeah, it is a hard time.
My oldest is now accepted to college, and will be starting in just 3 months. How did we get here? A lot of long nights, college visits, and TONS of reading.
Recognize this statue? It is just a small hint as to where he is headed to this Summer. It is a scary process, and I am so glad I started reading these books when we started the college process. Read on to find out what they are.
One of the scariest things about college is knowing what you are supposed to be doing when. You could miss out on important deadlines if you aren’t careful. That is why we started looking at colleges the Summer after my son’s sophomore year in high school.
It seems like it’s early, but trust me, it’s not. There is so much that you need to know and understand, that the earlier you start, the more time you will have to understand everything you need to do. Which leads me to my book recommendations. The links to these books are affiliate links, so if you purchase these books, a small portion comes back to me. It doesn’t cost you anything extra, and the money helps me run this blog!
2 Books Every Potential College Student(And Parent) Should Read
- Get It Together for College: A Planner to Help you Get Organized and Get In. This title is done by the College Board, and it really is a great resource.
I love how it has checklists, a place where you can take notes for a college visit, and even a sample letter that you can send a college if you that decided you aren’t going to attend. One of my favorite sections is the Financial Aid Timeline For Senior Year. Easy to read and concise, it is great for parents and students.
How to Survive Your Freshman Year: Fifth Edition. This is a real guide with real advice.
One of my favorite things about this title is the tips left from real college students. As a parent, I may not like what was said, but it was at least truthful. My son definitely enjoyed reading through them, at least I think he did.
I also liked all the practical checklists that it had about things you needed for college. Even things that you didn’t. We are having a good time as a family reading and reviewing and making lists. While I am not ready to see him go off to school, at least I know he will be as ready as he can be!
These two titles got a lot of travel miles with us, as we brought them with us on our trips. Now that we have made the final decision, they are still getting a lot of use. There are some great resources about financial aid, planning what you need to bring to college, and so much more!
Other college planning posts you may enjoy:
- It’s Never Too Early To Plan For College
- Making The Most Of A College Visit
- College Ave Student Loans: Making College A Reality
- Budgeting For The College Student
WHAT BOOKS DO YOU USE FOR NAVIGATING THE COLLEGE EXPERIENCE?