Midlife Mom

Navigating the teen years… and beyond

Working on that college resume

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Do you market your children for college?

I’m sure it helps, given today’s competitive atmosphere. My husband, always the forward-thinker, did this for the boys. He did his best to figure out what each was interested in and get them involved in activities surrounding those interests — both academic and otherwise — in order to build a resume that hopefully would impress potential college admissions officers. It must have worked, since both boys got in everywhere they applied, each being wait-listed at just one school — luckily not their top choices.

Now it’s our daughter’s turn. Thing is, it’s been difficult to find anything she’s interested in enough that she’s willing to participate without a friend by her side. And those things we find that do tickle her fancy do not fall within our budgetary constraints. Plus, shopping and online social networking don’t count.

When asked what she’d like to do her reply is usually “I don’t know.” After all, she asks, how, at 15, is she supposed to know what she wants to do with the rest of her life?

I try to explain that it isn’t about locking down her future career, but about pursuing activities — taking classes, volunteering, etc. — that will expose her to different fields and interests. This way, I explain, she will have a better idea later on about what she might like to pursue as her life’s interest. And she’ll have activities on that pre-college resume that show she’s invested time in those interests.

For now, the search is on.

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