02: College Planning During A Pandemic


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Sharon Harris is a College & Life Skills Coach for Partnered Success. Sharon has been helping people identify and move toward their personal and professional goals for more than 15 years and has seen it all.

As a college coach, she helps both students and parents prepare for this next transition of life, and sets them up for success. Find out what Sharon is seeing in the field as colleges try to adapt to this ‘new normal’ and embrace more virtual learning opportunities in this week’s episode.

Key Takeaways

  • How do we help our teen navigate the college search during the pandemic?
  • What is Sharon seeing right now when it comes to the college admission process?
  • Colleges understand that we need to approach college admissions in a different way. Parents are having a hard time adapting.
  • You can do virtual college fairs now!
  • Colleges need students just as much as students need them! So, stop stressing whether your child will get in.
  • Is your target college going to fulfill the needs of your family/your student?
  • Do we really need to send our students off to the next country club?
  • How do you help your child become successful with this new life transition?
  • How quickly is your target college adapting to the times? This is a big indicator to look for.
  • You’d be shocked to see how many educational institutions are not as stable as they seem. Will they even be around in the next 2-4 years?
  • Biggest piece of advice for parents and teens? Plan early! There are a lot of opportunities out there and you can get started today.
  • Your teen can leave high school with an associate’s degree. Take advantage of this!
  • Sharon shares how she came up with the name for her business, Partnered Success.


Connect with Sharon Harris: Partnered-success.com & LinkedIn

National Association for College Admission Counseling: Nacacnet.org





“I’ve encouraged every student out there to try and reach out and conduct interviews.”

“For students particularly, this is the first time they begin to own their future, so enjoy it. This really should not be a time to stress.”

“I think in our society we’ve created the wrong mentality with regards to colleges. Stop and think. Colleges will not be there if they don’t have students. Colleges need students just as much as students want to go.”

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