Here’s one crucial step—besides studying, of course!—your teen should take each year to get into the college of his or her dreams.

By Laura Asmundsson
March 06, 2018

Ever have one of those awful stress dreams in which you’re back in school and suddenly realize you have a big test, but you haven’t studied for it?  Well, overseeing your high school senior as he or she fills out college applications can trigger that same heart-racing feeling—even if you’re the calmest and sanest of parents. The problem: discovering your senior hasn’t prepared enough over the previous three years to get into the college of his dreams. Some simple planning will save your family from a messy meltdown during the college-app season. Starting freshman year, here’s one thing your kid should be doing each year to get ahead of the curve and hit those college apps out of the park.

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