International College Counselors List the Top 10 Reasons Parents of High School Students Are Thankful

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Mandee Heller-Adler, founder of International College Counselors offers a list of things parents and high school students can be thankful for in connection with college admissions.

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Students will be most thankful once they get their acceptance letters, especially if one is from the college of their dreams.

Thanksgiving is here and there is a lot to be thankful for. Students are thankful that the school year is almost half way over and there are two long breaks coming up. The college advisors at International College Counselors understand parents are thankful for their children, especially the high schoolers who have done the following:

1. Set goals and achieve them. This shows a teenager can handle responsibility and is ready for the independence that comes with college life.

2. Manage time well and stay organized. Thanks to the kids who keep a calendar and pay attention to application and scholarship deadlines.

3. Keep their grades up. Colleges look at a student’s entire high school academic record when making admissions decisions. Parents know the higher a GPA, the better the chances of getting accepted to a college of choice, the fewer the tears.

4. Prepare for standardized tests. There are no secret tricks to getting good scores on the SAT and ACT except to work hard.

5. Do something new. Colleges look at how a student chooses to spend their time outside of school. This is the time students can try new things and explore fields of study. Parents love when their children find something they love to do.

6. Commit to things. Admissions officers want to see evidence of commitment to activities and leadership. Captain, president, editor, mentor, counselor, founder, coordinator and similar titles are all ones colleges like to see and parents are thankful to brag about.

7. Take initiative. Parents appreciate when their students look into college courses, online courses, internships, job shadowing, community service and any other activities that will get them ahead.

8. Save parents money. Parents appreciate when their students look into scholarships and apply to them. They are also thankful that students keep their grades up for federal/state scholarships.

9. Take school seriously. After all these years nurturing a student through school, it kills parents to see their kids blowing it in the home stretch.

10. Stay positive and banish self-doubt. Parents view their child as best/smartest/ funniest/most talented. They want their kids to know they’re #1 too.

“Students will be most thankful once they get their acceptance letters, especially if one is from the college of their dreams,” said Mandee Heller-Adler, a college counselor and founder of International College Counselors.

This year, college advisors at International College Counselors helped more than 200 students find, apply to and gain acceptance into the college of their dreams. The expert college counselors at International College Counselors are dedicated to helping students and their families successfully navigate the college application process.

For help from an experienced college advisor who can help a student in English or Spanish, please contact the expert college counselors at International College Counselors at 954-414-9986.


International College Counselors provides expert college counseling on undergraduate and graduate college admissions, financial aid, tuition, essays, and college applications to domestic and international students. College advisors at ICC currently work with students from countries that include Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, England, and Brazil.

The college counseling and college coaching services are tailored to address the goals, needs, and dreams of each student. Mandee Heller Adler, founder of International College Counselors, is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and also received an MBA from Harvard Business School. International College Counselors’ achievements include being recognized as one of South Florida’s Top 100 Small Businesses in 2012.

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