The Role of Parents in the College Process

The road to college ideally ends when a student arrives at a school that aligns perfectly with both fit and ambition. So why do so many parents take the wheel? Amy and Mike invited educational planner Kristina L. Dooley to explore the role of parents in the college process.

What are five things you will learn in this episode?

  1. In what ways can parents support their child’s exploration of possible careers/majors?
  2. How can parents provide feedback on potential college options without making the list their own?
  3. How can parents discuss affordability with their child when considering college options?
  4. What role should a parent take in reviewing a child’s application materials or essays?
  5. How can parents support their child when faced with college rejection?

MEET OUR GUEST

Kristina L. Dooley is a Certified Educational Planner (CEP) and founder of Estrela Consulting, an Ohio-based independent educational consulting firm. Kristina has more than 20 years of experience working with students from around the world navigating the complex college and school search processes. Prior to launching Estrela Consulting in 2008, Kristina served as the Assistant Director of Admission at Hiram College (OH) and as the Director of Admission and Marketing at Andrews Osborne Academy (OH). A first-generation college student, she is a graduate of Hiram College (B.A.) and Kent State University (M.A.).

In addition to her work with students, Kristina is an instructor for the University of California Irvine teaching College Consulting Resources and also serves as a faculty member of the IECA Summer Training Institute for aspiring educational consultants. An expert in her field, Kristina has contributed to several websites, books and magazines on education-related topics. A sought after speaker, Kristina presents at conferences around the country each year.

Kristina is the President of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), and holds membership in AICEP, NACAC, HECA, and the Ohio and International Associations for College Admission Counseling (OACAC & IACAC). In addition, Kristina is a member of the Hiram College Board of Visitors and the IECA Foundation Board. She has served on Admission Advisory Boards at several institutions including Lehigh University, Lynn University and Washington and Jefferson College. In her free time, Kristina volunteers for Beyond Type 1 and JDRF, and serves as a mentor for College Now Greater Cleveland.

Kristina resides in Northeast Ohio with her husband and their 10-year-old triplets.

Find Kristina at http://www.estrelaconsulting.com/.

LINKS

The Truth about College Admission: A Family Guide to Getting In and Staying Together
College Conversations
5 College conversations you should have with your family NOW!

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