College Readiness Consultation, Also, Group Opportunities
By Sophia K. Havasy, Ph.D.
Ready to go to college does not mean ready to be successful there. It is much harder to complete a degree than many people realize. In this country we graduate between 50 to 56% of those who enter. And that number allows for 6 years to graduate! The United States used to be ranked 3rd among developed nations in number of college graduates. Now we are 17th.
Students with risk factors such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, and learning differences, to name a few, are at much greater odds of not completing their degrees. With the expense of attending college on the rise, parents and students need to be clear as to what is expected and what the requirements are for individual successful functioning.
Dr. Havasy has been working with at-risk young people as complicated launchings for the past 20 years. She has learned that families launch young adults, the rest of us only assist. The goal of the College Readiness Consultation process is for parents and students to appreciate the joint effort involved in successful college launching, the student vulnerabilities that could jeopardize the process if not addressed in an ongoing way, and what needs to be put in place prior to attendance.
This summer’s College Readiness Group is for High School Juniors and Seniors and their parents. It will meet on Thursday from 5 – 6pm. The date for the first session will be announced, and is always a joint session with students and parents. Dr. Havasy will then meet with the students for 4 additional sessions. Family sessions, to be scheduled independently, are encouraged to make the best use of the remaining time in high school. Launching young adults is a family affair. It does not end when the student is enrolled in higher education. The agenda just changes.