As our teen approaches sophomore year, I've been thinking more and more about what high school is about.
It's easy to focus on the end goal of college, but really, college is just the next step in growing up. It is not a trophy nor is it what defines a young person. No denying that it is important to get into the right school -- for the teen. Not the right school based on parents' desires or peers' opinions, but the school that best fits the teen's personality, interests, dreams.
Here's an essay by a high school counselor that is worth a parent/teen reading. His comments should be an important part of the college admissions process.
And we should all remember to relax and let our teens get as much as they can out of high school -- and I don't mean a bad case of the nerves.