This week, I am bracing myself for three parent-teacher conferences. Don't get me wrong, my kids are doing fine. They are happy kids most days, and healthy too. They aren't perfect students, though. Neither was I.
My oldest daughter, who is only 12, already talks about college constantly. My son asks if he can attend the local college, only blocks from us. And my youngest daughter announces on a daily basis that she's not going to college. It's quite an eclectic bunch.
Peaking in high school is not ideal. Ask anyone who has been through it. Most of us grow into our talents and skills later on—college, first job, and sometimes even our last job.
Here are a few tips to keep you focused on what matters for you:
1. There's still time to submit Early Decision and Early Action applications.
2. If your test scores aren't as high as you would like, your life is not over.
3. Be open to alternative paths to get you where you want to be.
"If your transcript is not as strong as you'd like, consider alternative paths like summer or spring admissions." TWEET THIS