Calming college fears

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Calming college fears

These days we hear a lot of myths about getting into college. There's this fear that so many people are applying to college, they'll never accept me. There's a fear that if you have a B on your transcript, you'll never get into a good college. There's a myth that you won't be able to afford college, that it's completely out of the realm of a normal human being to afford it. Or if you're a poor test taker that you won't get in. All of these are myths. There is a college for every student who wants to go to college. In fact, all you really need is a high school diploma and you can walk into many, many, many colleges. So of the 2,000-3,000 colleges in the United States, there's really only 200 that are selective. So once you put that into a frame, you say okay, I'm gonna get into college, my kid's gonna get into college. How do we bust some of these other myths? Well, there is financial aid; there are all sorts of scholarships that you don't even know about. It might be applying to a school that you've never heard of. The key here is to find the best fit between the student and the school, and then to pursue the financial aspect. If your student is a bad test taker, apply to a school that doesn't take SAT or ACT scores. There's over a thousand of these schools. If your kid has low grades, maybe they want to start out at community college and then transfer to a 4-year. There's a bunch of myths around colleges these days. Any kid who wants to go to college is going to get a college education.
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Denise Pope, PhD

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Denise Pope, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer at the Stanford University School of Education. For the past 13 years, she has specialized in student engagement, curriculum studies, qualitative research methods, and service learning. She is co-founder of Challenge Success, a research and intervention project that aims to reduce unhealthy pressure on youth and champions a broader vision of youth success. Challenge Success is an expanded version of the SOS: Stressed-Out Students project that Dr. Pope founded and directed from 2003-2008. She lectures nationally on parenting techniques and pedagogical strategies to increase student health, engagement with learning, and integrity. Her book, Doing School: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students was awarded Notable Book in Education by the American School Board Journal, 2001. Dr. Pope is a three time recipient of the Stanford University School of Education Outstanding Teacher and Mentor Award.  Prior to teaching at Stanford, Dr. Pope taught high school English in Fremont, CA and college composition and rhetoric courses at Santa Clara University. She lives in Los Altos, CA with her husband and three children.

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