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The Path to Graduation for High School Seniors

By: Greg Chaffins | Date: May 11, 2019 | Categories: Education

This is a sponsored post. All opinions about preparing for graduation are 100% my own.

High School Graduation. These words strike fear in my heart. With that said, you may guess that I have a teenager in high school.

And you would be right.

It’s not a task for the weak of heart, and it takes a lot to launch them into their life of independent living. Let’s take a look at some of the tasks in conquering the path to graduation

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The Path to Graduation

ACT and SAT Tests

No matter what your high school student’s plans are after graduation, you can expect that some testing will be part of the requirements. Advanced Placement and possible IB testing aside, the major tests are the ACT and SAT. While preparation itself is not always required, you should consider giving your student every chance to excel at these tests.

There are many practice tests available on the market, along with study guides. Many schools even offer mock testing, which gives the student the experience of the real thing without the worry of the end score. These can be invaluable in preparing for these tests.

Remember, the goal is to be able to use these tests to stand out from the crowd,  not necessarily a perfect score. With that in mind, you might find that it is easier to prepare your student to place well on them.

Visit colleges

It’s time to load up your student and take them on a whirlwind, possibly fun-filled tour of the potential colleges in their future. The goal of the college visit is for the student to get a good feel for what just might be their home for the next few years. While it is hard to get an accurate picture from just one visit, it can definitely serve to help narrow down the list of potential candidates.

While you are visiting the different colleges, you may find that the details and differences will start to merge into one confusing picture. For this reason, be sure to take good notes (and pictures) on each place you visit.

It might be that you liked one aspect of a particular school while your teen liked the campus life. By referring back to notes you will be able to keep your facts straight without the need for an extra revisit.

But before you commit, be sure to take one more trip to the chosen college before signing any papers. You may find that the situation has changed, or that the wonderful campus with its scenic walkways looks differently on a second look. But if everything is still good, you can feel confident in your choice.

Research Scholarships

A big part of preparing for college these days is researching the different potential scholarships that your graduate may have access to on their path, such as the Melvin Brewing Scholarship. You can never start too soon, but college and scholarship searches need to peak around their Junior year of high school.

This leaves your student their senior year to enjoy life with friends and make memories.  More importantly, it ensures that you have plenty of time to get everything in order and that nothing is left to the last minute. While there may be some things out of your control, you will want to minimize last minute details as much as possible.

With luck, perseverance, and determiniation,  you can get your student ready for college life and beyond. But this is one project that can’t be treated with procrastination. Start early, stay on top of things, and keep pushing to have the plans well defined and confirmed. After that,  let the events play out and enjoy every minute you still have with your teen. Even the eye-rolling ones.

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Oven Fried Ritz Sour Cream and Onion Chicken Legs Recipe

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: May 9, 2019 | Categories: Recipes
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This is a sponsored post. All opinions and this delicious oven fried chicken legs recipe are 100% my own. I try to find ways to make traditional fried foods healthier by either making them oven fried or using an air fryer. Since my family loves drumsticks, I usually make them in the oven. It cuts […]

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How to Motivate Your Teen to Get a Scholarship

By: Greg Chaffins | Date: May 1, 2019 | Categories: Education
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This is a sponsored post. All opinions on how to motivate your teen to get a scholarship are 100% my own. College is becoming increasingly important all the time to the future of any job seeker. But college tuition rates continue to spiral upwards each year. For this reason, encouraging your teen to find and […]

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Safe Driving with the New Uniden R7 Radar Detector

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: April 30, 2019 | Categories: Family
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Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. All opinions about safe driving are 100% my own. Safe Driving Since having a new teen driver in our home driving and car safety is of the utmost importance […]

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Funny Things Kids Say: How do you spell the “F” word?

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: | Categories: Family, Humor

We all know kids say the darnedest things. There’s been TV shows revolved around just that. I know my son has cracked me up more times than I can count. And usually it’s when he’s just being so matter-of-fact. He’s sixteen now and I still think he has an amazing sense of humor. I do […]

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Stop Dehydration with Hydrant + Coupon Code

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: April 29, 2019 | Categories: Health and Fitness
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This post is sponsored by Savings.com. All opinions and experiences with dehydration are 100% my own. Dehydration isn’t something many of us think about on a daily basis. It is something I never thought much about either, but I do now. See, I used to suffer from chronic dehydration. When I was younger, I was […]

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Teacher Appreciation – Say it with Flowers

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: April 28, 2019 | Categories: Arts and Crafts, DIY, Health and Fitness, Wordless Wednesday
flower pot from a watering can teacher appreciation idea

This is Teacher Appreciation week at my son’s school and today is flower day. It could be a single flower from you own garden, a bunch of wildflowers, a flower(s) from your local grocery store or flowers delivered from a florist. Just show your appreciation for your teacher with flowers. Here’s one of the things […]

Debt Management Tactics For Real People with Truman Advisors

By: Greg Chaffins | Date: April 27, 2019 | Categories: Financial
Sinking Hand

This is a sponsored post. All opinions regarding debt management are 100% my own. Debt affects everybody, from average people to the rich and the wealthy. And while a select few may be able to wait until their next movie or business sale to wipe out a lot of debts, that’s not always a possibility for […]

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Walmart Savings Catcher No Longer Available as of May 14, but Ibotta to the Rescue

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: April 22, 2019 | Categories: Shopping
ibotta offer

This post is sponsored by Ibotta and all opinions expressed in this post are my own. All offers were valid as of publish date. Don’t forget to check your app for details as offers change frequently and may not be available in all areas. I never shop without looking for the best deals and offers […]

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The North Face on Sale at Macy’s

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: April 18, 2019 | Categories: Uncategorized
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This is a compensated post. All opinions about The North Face are 100% my own. Two things I love are The North Face brand and a good sale. And right now, you can get a great deal on The North Face at Macy’s. When I find a good sale on The North Face I stock […]

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