In our last post, we talked about the phenomenon of summer melt, where up to 1/3 of the students who graduate high school with plans to go to college never make it to a college campus. We discussed what the student’s support team could do to help keep the student on track—but there’s also plenty the student can do to make sure their college plans don’t get derailed.
Open every piece of snail mail you get from the college, and read all of it. You’re probably used to getting all kinds of mail from all kinds of colleges, but once you’ve decided on a college, anything and everything they send you needs to be read. Just ask the student who opened the letter congratulating him for being admitted. He didn’t read the next page, which told him he had a $42,000 scholarship. Read it all.