In general, she has always been among the top five students at her school, but although she likes school, she has seldom been challenged in any subject. If she continues this course, will she be afforded the opportunity to attend any college of her choice? Or by attending a high school recognized as mediocre, will she not be able to attend the most selective schools should she choose to apply to them?. Or should we just relax, enjoy her achievements, and support her as she explores what she likes to do and wants to be, and trust that she will find a college experience that will let her grow to her full potential?
Again, what students do during those four years -- where they intern each summer, whether or not they study abroad, the leadership roles they play in college -- count the most. On my website, caroljcarter.com, you can read a description of my book, Majoring in the Rest of Your Life: Career Secrets for College Students. Supporting your child, asking her the right questions for her to answer on her own and then letting go so that she can begin the process of becoming an adult is the most sure-fire way to raise a well-adjusted, confident, and stress-free child; one who will succeed in college and graduate with many career options and a positive attitude to match the demands of today's world.