Career & College Planning

40% of first-time, full-time, college students won’t graduate where they started

In some cases teenagers aren’t prepared or ready for the independence of college, but how do you know and when should you take action? The biggest indicator that a teen is ready to take on college and the transition into adulthood is the existence or emergence of personal responsibility. An individual ready to make the next step into independence establishes ownership over three core categories: health, academics, and administrative tasks. However, not every teenager approaching college has established independence in these areas, and often is dependent on parental involvement to tell when to go to sleep, when to study, and what they need to accomplish that day.  In those cases, the best time to start intervening with therapy is early – before college applications, ideally before the end of their sophomore year. This allows for ample time to address college readiness and preparation. However, regardless of when and where you are in the process, there are resources to help. 

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College Readiness – The Statistics

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the 6-year graduation rate (150 percent graduation rate) for first-time, full-time undergraduate students who began seeking a bachelor’s degree at a 4-year degree-granting institution in fall 2010 was 60 percent. That is, by 2016 some 60 percent of students had completed a bachelor’s degree at the same institution where they started in 2010. A significant number of individuals who are accepted to college, don’t finish with their degree. We believe effective psychological preparation, including habits of self-management and accountability, can reduce the 40% likelihood of not graduating from their starting institution over six years.  

Goals of a Career & College Planning

The goal of our program is to educate teenagers on effective coping strategies and habits to prepare them for college and independence. The ability to manage stress, maintain personal health, over-come failure, retain confidence, meet their obligations on time, identify mistakes and correct behavior, socialize and communicate effectively are important skills to be effective in a collegiate, independent environment. 

Individuals who are not emotionally prepared often possess the capability to learn and achieve at high levels, but lack the education and understanding of what’s expected. Thus, they’re caught flat-footed in a new environment without an understanding of how to change, how to succeed, how to create a support system, and how to effectively transition forward. 

If you’re concerned that your teen isn’t prepared for college, contact us today to set up a consultation. 


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Being a teen can be tough. Sometimes it’s easier to talk to an adult who isn’t your parent. Learn more about how we can help, and hear from other teens who may be facing similar challenges. LEARN MORE

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