The future of your child depends on a good education. Not only will there be good job opportunities, but they are able to navigate life better when they have a solid educational background to guide them. This means that it is always a good idea to be thinking of their continuing education in university early.
How early is it to think about questions like what uni to go to? There are some people that start putting their plan into place when their child is in kindergarten. While that may be too early, it is a good idea to be thinking about what it takes to get into a good university later on and what it takes to get there. In this article, we will go over some of the things to think about when it comes to planning your child’s education roadmap.
- Start around 12 years old
As your child enters middle school, they are maturing enough to be thinking about education and can start making moves at this point that will help them later on. There is no proven benefit when it comes to starting your child’s road to university before they hit middle school so it’s best to let them just be kids.
Around this age is when they can be doing things that will make a name for themselves and put together a history of achievement that will look great for university admissions officers.
For instance, they can begin playing an organized sport that they can get better at over the years so that by the time they are seniors in high school they are on a good team. They can also start joining clubs that will look great on a resume. For instance, they can do things like join a local 4H club and learn about animals to show that they are going to be good stewards of the environment.
- Visit colleges freshman year
Even though it is far too early for them to choose a college and apply at this time, it is the right age to get them enthusiastic about going to college and making sure they get good grades in high school. By visiting college campuses early, they will not look at going to college as some abstract idea that lies in the future.
They will get an idea of what college life is like and become very enthusiastic about doing what it takes to make it to a college that sparks their interests.
- Double down on their interests
It’s a good idea to head to college with a specific degree in mind so there is no wasted time. The best way to do well at school is to study the things they are interested in. Make sure to encourage them to explore their interests and build a name within that field. For instance, if your child loves using computers then encourage them to dive deeper into science and learn programming or Big Data.
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