Are Your Teenage Children Ready for College?

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Are Your Teenage Children Ready for College?


I was ready for college, but a lot of teenage children I met in college were not.  I knew intuitively I was going to go to college right after high school; it wasn’t even a question. But it probably should have been. Every kid should get the chance to assess their goals and their development and decide whether college is the right move, because it just might not be. Here are some questions you can answer to figure out whether you’re ready for college or not.  So if you are a teenage child, answer these questions to see.

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1. Do you go to sleep and wake up by yourself?

2. Do you force yourself to get enough sleep (during normal sleeping hours?)

3. Do you stave off procrastination well enough to get everything done in time without pulling all-nighters?

4. Are you in control of your health?

5. Are you in control of the substances you may be using/trying out?

6. Have you been able to plan and manage your school schedule so far?

7. Have you figured out the best way (for you) to take notes and pay attention in class?


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8. Are you capable of getting all work done and turning it in on time?

9. Are you studying adequately for tests?

10. Do you know when and how to ask for help when you need it?

11. Do you get your work done independently or with outside supervision?

12. Can you break down a syllabus so that it becomes useful to you?

13. Do you keep a calendar of your work?

14. Can you manage applying to college on your own?

If you answered yes to these questions, then you might be ready for college. But if you answered no to many of them, you might want to rethink what your next move is. Maybe take a gap year, get an internship, learn a new language, get a job, or do something else until you feel mature and responsible enough to go study somewhere independently.

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