Two Teens And Their Mama: Kaplan and College Planning

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Kaplan and College Planning


"Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Kaplan Test Prep.  I received compensation to write this post, but any opinions expressed are my own, and reflect my actual experience."

AHHHHHHHHHHH!!  Sorry, that was me panicking a little when I looked at that picture again. Two years seems like a long time, but I know it will fly by, and I have a lot to learn to help T plan for college.

Ever since he was a little boy, T has wanted to be a veterinarian.  He loves all animals - well, except for spiders - and wants to learn how to care for them.  He also plans to attend our alma mater - Washington State University - which just happens to have a highly ranked vet science program. 

So far, so good - he knows what he wants to study, and where he wants to go.  T will graduate in 2016, so we've got time to figure out tests, applications, scholarships, financial aid, and whatever else comes up.  But I'm already feeling overwhelmed.  When I went to college in 1985, things were so much simpler.  During my senior year I decided where I wanted to go, applied, and showed up the next fall.  These days it's so much more complicated.

I'm very glad to have found Kaplan and the KapMap College Planner.  Kaplan provides test preparation and a variety of other services to help with the college planning process, including application tips and tools and help with scholarships and financial aid.

My favorite part of their website is the KapMap College Planner.  This calendar guides you through the planning process month by month beginning in your child's freshman year of high school.  How helpful is that?!  T and I will be referring to it regularly as we navigate this process.


Next year T will take the PSAT.  Kaplan's test prep program has the right tools to help him be successful, with proven test taking strategies and practice tests.  With proper test prep, T will be more relaxed and confident, which will result in higher scores.  And higher scores mean more scholarships!  Hey, we've got eight years of college to pay for.

Now I just need to get over the fact that his college of choice is over five hours away...but that's a post for another day.

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18 comments:

  1. In my time also going to university was much simpler but I´m glad that
    college program plans such as this exist nowadays to prepare the children a notch better for their future. :)

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    1. Things are so much more complicated now, so it's nice to have programs like this available!

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  2. This post remind me how quickly the years fly. You've got me thinking about our future....

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    1. Thanks Lori. The years do fly by, don't they?

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    1. Thank you Carol! I appreciate the support.

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  4. I wish there had been something like this when my daughter was in high school. She was graduating and it was in the couple of years when I was really sick. I had no idea what we were doing. It was a mess she was an excellent student and had I had something like this I believe it would have been so much easier for us.

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    1. I feel so overwhelmed already, and we haven't really even started. I can't imagine doing it while sick.

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  5. The time goes by so fast. Just take it one step at a time ad never be afraid to ask for help as you prepare for the college years.

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    1. Thank you! I'm sure I will have so many questions.

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  6. I'm all for giving kids whatever preparation they need to be successful. It's great that you have a plan to help your son.
    Estelle

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    1. Things seem to always go better for me when I have a plan!

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  7. I have one that will graduate in 2016 too! This is the year of college visits and ACT prep!

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    1. It's an exciting time, but scary too!

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  8. T is ahead of the game knowing what he wants to study and where he wants to go! The Kaplan program sounds like a helpful way to organize the college search! Great post!

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    1. Thanks Susan. T may change his mind between now and then, but I'd be surprised if he did. I may be asking you some questions!

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