What Parents Should Know
In the planning process for school-aged children, the parents usually drive most of the activity and thus work closely with the consultant. Parents most often complete their own part of an application, and meet with admissions official during visits with student involvement as warranted and requested. We prepare and guide the parents and, when appropriate, the students through each phase of this process.
By contrast, in the college process, parents play a more indirect role as facilitator. It is crucial to the success of the process to empower students to take ownership of their own college journey, while the consultant takes over the responsibility of establishing and enforcing deadlines. Done right, the college process plays to the positive elements of the natural adolescent urge to establish independence and allows for a venue of self-exploration. Parents usually support their children as they set goals and explore colleges by providing transportation, guidebooks, tutors, counselors and general encouragement.
By graduate school planning, students have successfully navigated the college application process and are largely independent. Many candidates also bring a professional background to the graduate school process. Students therefore lead the graduate program search process, while McMillan Education consultants provide direct guidance and counseling.
No matter the age, goals or capabilities of your child, our consultants have one interest: long-term success and happiness for the student and family.