If you’ve been rocking out the independent school admission process for the last several months, then You Are A ROCK STAR! This competitive and subjective process is a roller coaster ride! But, what’s really cool is that you and your child threw both hands high in the air descending and ascending to the end. Bravo! But, the roller coaster ride is slowly winding down. Now what are you going to do?
The lull of waiting for a decision is generally when fear can set in. Some of our RIISE member families have expressed fears like: what will we do if we don’t get in? what if I lose my job? how can we diminish the social and emotional costs families of color can experience once enrolled? —does any of this resonate with you? What are your fears?
Whatever you are worrying about, acknowledge it and then put it on the back burner. You have checked off all if not most of the requirements. Your family has showed up, and hopefully did the things to get seen and get heard. There is not much more to do now then to wait. But, for those of us who like to stay in control of a situation, here are four powerful ways to do so during the remainder of the admission season.
- Enjoy the holidays and RECHARGE! Remind yourself and your child that you have done what most won’t. Be proud of that. The victory is already yours.
- Gently nudge those folks designated to get school transcripts and recommendations in with a big show of gratitude.
- Consider and activate alternate educational plans if it doesn’t go according to plan this year.
- Reassure your child’s self-worth and self-determination by reminding them, often—that they are exceptional and no matter the school, they will access opportunities for academic success with a sense of purpose and with your advocacy.
Wishing you all the best!