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Sending a child off to college is a stressful time for any parent.

Students essentially recreate themselves during the college years, using the values you have instilled as their foundation. Your child will be introduced to new horizons and experiences which will ultimately help shape the young adult she will soon become.

Over the course of their college journey they will undergo individuation – they will find themselves and come into their own but not without first facing challenges, accepting responsibilities, questioning the world and those around them, and most importantly engaging in self-evaluation.

Enrolling a child in college is a large  financial investment for any family.  Parents may be apprehensive about allocating a significant amount of money while their children may be unsure of what they want to study or what field of work they are passionate about.

Perhaps your child is the first in the family to attend college and you are lost as to what advice to offer and when to offer it. Or maybe it has been a while since you were a student, and you may be unaware of the inner workings of current university life. As a parent the best thing you can do is to encourage your child, listen to his concerns, and support him as needed. Let Education Success Services (ESS) be your partner on this journey in helping your child reach his potential and obtain a college degree.

Dr. Colds Fechter, founder of ESS, provides customized higher education coaching to your child. With nearly two decades of university experience as a dean and professor, she acts as a GPS, giving precise directions to help your child navigate the higher education terrain and achieve the goal of obtaining a college degree.

Frequently asked questions

  1. What is the value of a college education?

    College Educated People Make More Money: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics  reports that 2013 median weekly earnings for people with only a high school diploma was $651 per week. For people with a bachelor’s degree, 2013 median weekly earnings were $1,108 per week—nearly double! The value of a college degree is, on average, an additional $457 a week in median income. Read more here.

  2. Aren’t there successful people who don’t have degrees?

    Many of us know a few unemployed people who have degrees but, honestly, don’t we know many more unemployed people who don’t have degrees?  And, while we’ve all heard about those rare individuals who achieved success without a degree, but isn’t the fact that they are rare exceptions the reason we remember them?   According the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2013 the overall unemployment rate for people 25 and older was 6.1%.  When we break that down by education, we see that the rate was 4.0% for people with a 4-year college degree and 7.5%--almost double—for people with only a high school diploma.  And, it gets even better for people with advanced degrees.  In 2013, unemployment rates for people with master’s, professional, and doctoral degrees were 3.4%, 2.3% and 2.2% respectively. People who do not have college degrees are more likely to be poor and/or unemployed than people who have degrees, while people who have degrees are more likely to be employed and have higher incomes.

  3. What is the value of co-curricular activities?

    Education doesn’t take place only in the classroom.  Co-curricular activities broaden students’ experience, complement classroom academics, and help prepare them for a better future in terms of fostering a well-rounded social life, networking, and resume building that make them more attractive to future employers.  Co-curricular activities include membership in clubs, teams, and organizations, participation and holding office in student governance groups, committee membership, leadership activities, community service, etc.  While engagement in co-curricular activity is important for all students, it is especially important for those who are most likely to drop out.  In an article entitled “First Generation College Students: Co-curricular Involvement Can Assist with Success”, researcher Barbara Garcia points out that co-curricular activity can be a factor in persisting to graduation. Participation in co-curricular activities increases the likelihood of degree completion.