Thank you to all the new readers of my blog – welcome. If you are a college-bound student or a parent of one and worried/nervous about whether or not you/your teen will get into college, take a deep breath and relax. College has to be a good fit for the teen. Going to a school that a teen is not going to be happy at is a recipe for disaster – and an expensive one. With the sky rocketing cost of colleges and universities, a wasted year or one where a teen comes home after a semester not wanting to return, can result in their being discouraged and off-track educationally. When they do transfer to another school, they may find that credits don’t transfer that easily. Some schools still have openings in the spring after deadlines have passed. Others take students beginning second semester, allowing students to work or do an internship in the fall. At this time, they won’t feel so pushed or stressed, have more time to spend on applications, and appreciate a breather before beginning their college careers. If the college they enter isn’t their top choice, they can apply to transfer to a school of their choice – many students are able to get into prestigious schools as sophomores.