Advice for Teens on How to Respond to Relatives' Inquiries About Their College Plans

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Sara Zessar, a college admissions consultant based in Denver, Colorado, offers tips for students who are anticipating family pressure about their future during the holidays.

The holidays should be a time when you look forward to being with your family. Students should not have to dread being bombarded with questions about their future.

If there is one thing that goes hand in hand with family gatherings, it's questions: "Where are you applying to college? What are you going to major in? Do you think you’ll be admitted THERE?" Some relatives expect every teenager to know exactly what they want to do with the rest of their lives.

Sara Zessar, Senior Associate with Montgomery Educational Consulting, explained, “The holidays should be a time when you look forward to being with your family. Students should not have to dread being bombarded with questions about their future.”

In her article, "'What Are You Doing Next Year?': The Dreaded Holiday Question", Ms. Zessar provides students with tips on how to answer the questions family members may ask during the holiday season. “With a little preparation, students can avoid being the center of attention at family get-togethers,” stated Ms. Zessar.

Students should start by speaking with their parents before the event. They should ask for their parents' help in dealing with family members who just won't stop questioning them. If parents will agree not to discuss the student's future during an event, the parents can politely request the same of other relatives. Students also can offer one-line, simple responses, such as “I'm still exploring my options.” This will allow students to answer family members' questions without having to provide concrete details or lengthy explanations.

From offices in Colorado and New Jersey, Montgomery Educational Consulting offers comprehensive, personalized educational counseling services to students locally, around the country, and around the world. These college admissions experts guide students every step of the way as they navigate the university search and application process. Then, they help students get admitted to the college that is right for them.

For more information about Montgomery Educational Consulting, call 720.261.8299, email info (at) greatcollegeadvice (dot) com, or visit http://greatcollegeadvice.com

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