Letting Students Guide Their Own College Application Process Can Help “Raise an Adult”


The Admitted blog, on the NACACNet website, highlights the author Julie Lythcott-Haims’ new book, How to Raise an Adult, and her insightful commentary on the college admissions process. She highlights how students who take initiative and work independently and in conjunction with counselors or advisors throughout the application process can help students do better once they get to campus. Lythcott-Haims, a former dean at Stanford University and parent of teenagers, notes that, “...if teens aren’t able to complete the application process independently, they are more likely to falter once they arrive on campus…”

She goes on to explain how ‘“We’re so worried that if we don’t do it all for them that they won’t get into college...My point is, if you do it all for them, how are they going to thrive under the same set of expectations in college.”

Lythcott-Haims discusses how college applications offer an opportunity for parents to prepare their students for college by letting the students take control of the process and work with the resources available to them, including counselors and admission professionals, who “also have a role to play in assisting students as they develop independence and problem-solving skills.”

Read the article and watch the whole interview with author Lythcott-Haims here. Want to give your student, or yourself, the reins to the application process, but with the bonus of professional support and advice? Contact Hughes College Prep and get started in time for fall.