2. Iron out the Kinks – Lots of students are interested in realizing an educational or career goal, but need that extra push in the right direction so that familiar fears and personal roadblocks don’t stop them. A 2011 College Board study reports that 25% of students will drop out of college before the end of their sophomore year. Only 56% will graduate from college. A life coach for your student will help him create aggressive plans and bold actions, but most importantly, he will learn how to navigate the twists, turns and bumps in the road and sees the journey to completion. These tools, skills and experiences will prepare him for the working world and be a differentiating factor in the job interview process.
3. Accountability so you can relax - Consider this: college life is unstructured with lots of temptation, constant deadlines and little to no supervision or accountability. This is a huge life adjustment for teenagers. Now more than ever, the adage of choosing your battles is true. As a parent to a soon-to-be college student, you can ENJOY the last year of your kid being under the same roof without having to play hall monitor to projects and deadlines while preparing them for independent living. If you already have a college student, you can sleep better knowing that your student has a confidant and accountability partner who is helping them navigate the college waters.
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Whether your student is at the beginnings of the college application process, about to graduate high school, or already in college, great parents know when it’s time to call in support. A life coach will help your student prepare for college and think (and move!) toward career aspirations. And creating that kind of game plan will serve as an amazing platform from which they can leap toward their dreams.