Hi everyone! My name is Wendy Nelson. I am a wife and mother of 3 girls. I spent almost three years learning abut the college search/college application process and leading my oldest daughter through it. Then I went through it with my second daughter and it was a totally different experience. Two down, one to go! I am an IT manager by trade with a background in business analysis and project management, so my natural tendencies are to analyze and organize everything! This has been very helpful during the college search process. After talking to other local moms working through the same process, I realized that I could help others in the same situation by sharing all of my lessons learned. That’s why I started this site.
About the Website:
There are some high school students who take complete control of their own college search process. Somewhere around sophomore or junior year, they are off and running. They research the schools, they request brochures, and they tell you where they want to visit. They formulate their own criteria for what they are looking for in a school, they complete their applications without being reminded and they make their own final decision. If your child is one of these students, then this website is probably not for you.
This site is for the rest of us. Our children don’t drive the process. We have to drag them through, sometimes kicking and screaming. They say things like, “Could we not talk about colleges during dinner for once?” Maybe they are procrastinators, maybe they are afraid of going off to college, or maybe they are perfectionists and are afraid of making the wrong decision. Whatever the reason, they need your help, but you have a million other things going on. You don’t have time to press “pause” on your life and go search for the perfect college for your child. You need an efficient step-by-step process that will guide you and your child through all the things that need to be done and all the decisions that need to be made. That’s what I want to provide on this site. I want to share with you what I have learned. I want to help you with where and what to research and how to keep track of everything. This should be a rewarding, not painful, experience for you and your child. My goal is to help you achieve success, and success is defined by choosing a college where your child will learn and grow, finding somewhere he or she will be content to stay for four years (or however long it takes to earn a degree), and getting the best possible bang for your buck.
If this sounds good, a great place to start is with my Start Here page. It breaks down the different stages in the college search process and provides links to helpful posts and resources for each stage. Sometimes these links are for my own website and sometimes they are for great external resources I have found.
Relax, help is on the way!