Take the Stress out of College Planning with Seventeen: College Goals!

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Stress less about college planning with Seventeen: College Goals

My middle daughter just finished her Sophomore year of high school – in fact her last day of school was Tuesday. I started thinking about how this time next year we are going to be making an appointment to get her Senior pictures done. It really hit me how quickly things are going to start to change for her.

When she starts her Junior year this fall, my daughter’s life is going to be suddenly consumed with college decisions – starting with taking the ACT. As part of the testing process, she will have to pick a couple of colleges that will receive her test scores. So yes, she has two years of high school left, but she is going to have to start making decisions very soon that will affect her future.

Right now, she wants to attend Miami University (like her mom!) and become a teacher.  I want to see her achieve all her dreams and have been looking into ways to help her through this process.

So that is why I was so super excited to learn about the Seventeen: College Goals book. It’s part guide, part planner, part journal, and perfectly designed to help your teenage daughter figure out some of the important decisions she needs to be making about college.

I gave it to my daughter yesterday and she has already gained some useful information from it.  I imagine she is going to be referring back to it a lot over the course of the next school year.

Stress less about college planning with Seventeen: College Goals

About Seventeen: College Goals

The only thing standing between you and that college life is figuring out where you might want to go, completing your applications, writing a killer essay, scoring solid test scores, shining in your activities, getting glowing recommendations, and . . . okay, that’s a lot. But even though being accepted into college can seem big and overwhelming, it doesn’t have to be.

That’s where Seventeen’s College Goals comes in. This stress-free guide—part-planner, part-journal—will help walk you through the step-by-step process of applying to colleges. There are pages filled with practical cheat sheets, handy life hacks, thoughtful tips, fun quizzes, inspiring quotes from your favorite celebs and leaders, and prompts that will push you to self-reflect. (After all, that’s what college essays are all about!) This way, you can freak out less about if you’ll get in, and actually start thinking about which school’s offer you’re going to accept.

Our impressions of Seventeen:  College Goals

Stress less about college planning with Seventeen: College Goals

Filled with fun doodle-style graphics, the book intersperses practical advice with journal writing prompts and to-do lists.  My daughter loved how the whole thing was written as if a friend was talking to her.  It felt like friendly advice, not an adult telling her what to do.

Seventeen:  College Goals is divided up into three main sections:  Junior Year, Senior Year, and Before You Go.  So this book is going to be useful to my daughter right up to the moment that we help her move into her dorm room.

As a parent, I loved how this book got my daughter thinking about some of the decisions and tasks she is going to be facing in her final two years of high school – like college visits, application essays, and applying for financial aid.  As I browsed through the book myself, I was impressed with how thorough it is.  I couldn’t find a single thing that it left out.

Maybe even more impressive is the way that information is presented in manageable chunks that will totally seem do-able to your teenager.   I think this book is going to be a great resource for my daughter as she navigates the last two years of high school.

Stress less about college planning with Seventeen: College Goals

I remember being completely overwhelmed when I was in high school and making decisions about college.  Neither of my parents went to college so I didn’t really have anyone to go to for advice.  I would have loved a book like this one to have helped me with all those tough college-related decisions.  It would have made the process much less stressful!

Seventeen: College Goals is in stores now. If you have a daughter who is in high school, I highly recommend getting her a copy to help with college planning.  Now would be a great time to get a copy so they have the whole summer to read through it.

Want a copy of Seventeen:  College Goals for your daughter or granddaughter?  The book is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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124 thoughts on “Take the Stress out of College Planning with Seventeen: College Goals!

  1. Jennifer Williams

    My nephew is about to graduate and is stressing about whether the Greek system would be right for him. I hope the book has advice on that!

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  2. Margaret Smith

    The decision of what school to choose. Something close to home or away and of cost the cost. This book would be wonderful for guidance.

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  3. mami2jcn

    My son is most stressed about college entrance exams. I think this book would be helpful because of the advice and to-do lists.

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  4. Ashley B

    Always make sure you take your time and don’t pressure yourself in one direction!

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  5. Abigail Gibson

    My niece is stressed out about all of the shootings within schools and is thinking on doing online classes only for college.

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  6. Cynthia C

    My kids were stressed about where to attend college and what to study once they got there. A book like this would have helped them with their decisions.

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  7. Ken C

    How to pay for it. Hopefully the book gives good advice on loans, scholarships etc. and good budgeting tips

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  8. Amber

    My daughter is still only a sophomore but she’s starting to stress because college will be the biggest decision of her life and I try to remind her that there’s not only one right answer and that I’m sure she’ll have a great experience wherever she goes. And whatever she chooses to study. I think this college goals book could help her get a headstart on planning and thinking about what is most important to her in the school and overall experience before we even start visiting campuses this summer.

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  9. Bryan Vice

    I think the most stressful thing right now for my son is trying to find a place to live close by to school and budgeting his money

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  10. David Hollingsworth

    Trying to do research on costs, supplies, and which college to apply to.

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  11. Elena

    What is stressing your high school student out the most about college planning?
    The financial part is stressing us out the most.
    How do you think Seventeen: College Goals could help?
    This could help to feel more confident about going to college.

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  12. Jennifer Sparks

    Trying to decide what career path to take. I think the book could help organize skills and interests in order to make the decision simpler. It really is a big decisions so it is very stressful.

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  13. Onyinye Elochukwu

    The main issue is trying to figure out career choices and schools to go. A blog or write up on how to decide on these will be helpful.

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  14. Jessica To

    My son is stressing about how many colleges to apply to. This book could give him some pointers on applying.

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  15. ANNETTE Fisher

    THIS BOOK IS GREAT AND GIVE YOU GREAT TIPS. ALSO, THE ASLO, THE ADVICE IS PRICELESS.

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  16. Natalie

    She is stressed out about applying for financial aid and how she will be able to afford college. This book would help her navigate through the financial aid registration process in easy to understand terms.

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  17. Christina Gould

    What is stressing my high school student out the most about college planning is whether or not she will be accepted in the college she wants to go to. I think Seventeen: College Goals could help to relieve some of her anxiety about the process. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  18. Kelly Kimmell

    Trying to figure out how to pay for college is a stresser.

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  19. Tabathia B

    She is stressed out about making sure she is taking correct courses for 4 year university. I think goals book could help her make decisions about what she wants to go to college for as a major and how far to take her education.

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  20. Kelly D

    My son is trying to decide on the best college to study his major of choice. This book might give him some tips.

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  21. Annette

    What’s most stressful is finding ways to reduce the cost. I think Seventeen could share some money-saving tips.

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  22. Barbara Montag

    We no longer have teenagers.
    I heard the grand kids talking and stressing out about what field to go into.
    Seventeen: College Goals would be a big help because the kids need a program/plan to follow.
    thank you

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  23. Lisa

    I think this book would be helpful since advice is definitely needed to lower the stress of it all.

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  24. Lisa Brown

    What is stressing your high school student out the most about college planning? The stress is picking a school, not easy to do ; I think the book could help answer questions or allay concerns she has about college, maybe take away some of the tension.

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  25. shelly peterson

    I would say what college to go to and how to pay for it. This book seems like it has some great information to help plan for college.

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  26. Edye

    My cousin is worried that she’ll make the wrong decision about what school to go to. I think this would help her realize she’s not alone.

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  27. kjasus

    my son is not college age yet, but i remember stressing over filling out the applications and passing the SATs

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  28. Wilma P

    The biggest thing stressing my granddaughter is choosing a college when she’s still not sure what she wants to major in.

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  29. Cheryl B

    For my son the most frustrating and stressful part has been deciding what college will be best and most affordable.

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  30. Lindsay A.

    This would be for a cousin of mine, not a child. She’s feeling overwhelmed with even knowing where to start. She has no idea what she wants to do, which I can definitely commiserate with! I think Seventeen: College Goals could help because it sounds as if it breaks down the process into something much more manageable and approachable, and not so overwhelming!

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  31. heather

    The kids are stressed about going to college and the unknown of it to them it is kind of scary a lot of new people. I think that Seventeen: College Goals could help because it goes through the college experience step my step in easy terms.

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  32. Steve Weber

    Trying to figure out a way to pay for 2 schools!

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  33. janetfaye

    What school to apply to and how will we pay for it causes stress. Seventeen: College Goals would be a big help in guiding us to make the right decisions.

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  34. Susan Smith

    My niece is stressed out about how to apply for college and what schools to apply to. The Senior To Do list would be a big help to her.

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  35. Rachel

    My niece is stressing out most about the financial aspect of college. I think Seventeen: College Goals would give her guidance/direction that she can use in the future.

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  36. Susan Florio

    Knowing that this choice of where to go will affect the rest of her life! Big choice!

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  37. Rajee Pandi

    to do more research without putting so much stress

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  38. Shakeia Rieux

    They stress out about how they’re going to pay for it. This will help them decide the right school to go so they don’t settle for just any one.

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  39. aaron reck

    Well I don’t think that my niece is stressed about it at all but I am cause you know that first year away from home can be different for anyone. She has good grades, good student, but I hope she transitions well.

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  40. Shanna Brayman

    I have twins in high school and they are both stressed out over not knowing what they want to go to college for. I think that Seventeen: College Goals could help them by writing down and visualizing their goals.

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  41. paige chandler

    My kids were worried about being homesick and having no friends

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  42. Wendy R.

    It was hard for my kids to pick a college based on their chosen field of study, the distance from home, and housing options.

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  43. Rosie

    What is stressful is it seems like an overwhelming process that you can’t tell for sure how to get the result you want (like you can when you study well for a test). This book by Seventeen can make the process more manageable and a blueprint for success. It is also more fun to get tips from Seventeen than from other people!

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  44. Angela Saver

    I think our daughter stresses most about getting really grades to get accepted into the program she wants to get in to. Seventeen College Goals would be helpful to give her the tips and resources she needs to help her! It would also help her to feel she is on top of things by having this!

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  45. Tracy Robertson

    Finding time to go back to school when you have to work full time!

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  46. amy stonger

    My high school student is most worried about getting the test scores needed to be accepted and what major she wants to pursue. I think seventeen: college goals will help by providing some study tools and tips to help her do her best on the tests. Plus, the journaling and self reflecting may help her decide on a major.

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  47. Terry

    My grandson is having a hard time figuring out his course of study once he goes to college.

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  48. Jenna Hudson

    What is stressing my high schooler out the most is the essay on the application. I believe that Seventeen College goals could help because she has always found that magazine quite relatable.

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  49. kristina daniels

    We are in the beginning stages, we worry about what school.grades, will he be accepted to top school. I think the the college goals will help find out what to expect going to college.

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  50. HS

    I think the entrance exam is the most stressful. I think Seventeen: College Goals could help kids get organized .

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  51. elizabeth miller

    Mine is stressing the most over whether she should stay close to home or go states away to get the program she really wants. She definitly is having a hard time with separation issues.

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  52. Amanda Whitley

    my daughter isnt as worried as i about how we are going to afford it and things like appying for scholarships or financial aid. I am hoping this book would answer these questions and help point us in the right direction for ideas on affording college

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  53. James Robert

    Everything stresses my daughter out from being undecided as to what she really wants out of college and what direction she wants her life to go. And lately she is stressed wanting a college where there is freedom to speak and be heard and hear two sides of a view. That seems to be unavailable in many school these days.

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  54. Bridgett

    My daughter is stressing out about not being with her friends in colledge. I think this book would really help her with the planning options.

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  55. Melanie F.

    My younger sister is really stress out about going to college because there are so many different things she will be responsible for and feels very overwhelmed. I think this book could really help her get organized and feel more like she has everything under control. Thanks!

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  56. courtney b

    my student is stressed she isn’t going to remember everything, and I told her we are going to pack TWO of everything! lol

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  57. Danalee Davis

    They are worried about where to go for college.

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  58. Kassie Brown

    My niece is struggling about going away to college. Hopefully, this book will help her keep her goals in mind.

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  59. Chrissy

    I don’t have a high school student in my family but I mentor a young girl and she is super stressed because she constantly compares herself to others and feels like she is coming up short. I think this book would help her to re-focus on herself and realize she can’t compare herself to others.

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  60. Shannon

    My daughter is stressed about deciding what to major in.

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  61. Fredrick Pauly

    There’s so many choices to make at such a young age now. What school, what to major in, what to do for a career.

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  62. Antoinette M

    I think the most stressful is budgeting and knowing about financial aid. I hope this book has lots of info about financial issues.

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  63. Rebecca W

    I think my son will be most stressed out about getting all of his requirements completed in a timely manner. I think this book would help him with what to expect before going to college.

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  64. susan smoaks

    choosing the right college is stressing my high schooler out. it is a big decision.

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  65. Courtney C

    I’m worried about making friends and finding a social support system in my new environment. I think Seventeen: College Goals will give me strategies to meet new people and put myself out there!

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  66. Sarah Hayes

    I dont have a high schooler but i know several kids going to college and its very stressful knowing they are out in the real world and not a child anymore. I think this book would give them guidance and help they stay organized and on task.

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  67. Janet W.

    What is stressing out my niece is figuring out how to pay for college since everything is so expensive, and getting high test scores so she’ll be accepted where she wants to go.

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  68. Kevin Puls

    What is stressing is being able to finance college.

    As for the second question,… not sure how Seventeen College Goals can help, but interested to find out if, anf how it can.

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  69. Daniel M

    hard to get organized there’s so much info out there and this would help with that alot i bet

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  70. kathy pease

    Student loans have always gave my daughter stressed hopefully this would help her

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  71. Julieh

    My kids are stressing the most about being away from home and friends. I think the seventeen college goals book would help a lot with the journaling and inspirational quotes to help keep things in perspective.

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  72. Tandi Cortez

    My daughter is taking dual credit classes so the stressing has already started. I think this would help by keeping her goals right there in front of her to be able to look back on, to keep her eye on the prize.

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  73. Ashley C

    My niece is worried about filling out scholarship applications

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  74. Rosanne

    College application process while having senioritis is daunting.

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  75. barbg

    My kids are all grown up now. I would like to win the gift card that would be very nice.

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  76. Kathy D

    Getting threw high school in a town where adults feel need to bully children on Facebook so you never want to come home from college again

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  77. Robin

    I think the process of where to go to school , what to study, and the issues with that school location.

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  78. Kris B

    My son is stressed about cost, which school to go to, and what to major in.

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  79. Ed

    I am most concerned about the cost. I am uncertain as to how this would help,

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  80. Jenny S

    I think just being realistic about what schools to look at as far as distance. She thinks she is so grown up and independent but she’s really not there yet.

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  81. kimberly burnett

    My senior is the most stressed about deciding what he wants to go to college for, his major! I think the journal would help him with tracking his thoughts and help him narrow down the choices!

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  82. Yana Ryjova

    Actually I just graduated from college. Being a first-generation college student, it was hard not having parents who understood the admissions process and how college works in the US. Statistically, first-generation college students come in at a significant disadvantage to their counterparts. I have a good family friend who also is starting college soon, and she is also a first-generation college student and comes from a low-income household. This would be great for her.

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  83. Michelle H.

    I think where my daughter wants to go is stressing her out and the cost. I think this could help with financial advice.

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  84. HAZELL PEREZ

    My high school student is most stressed about the financial cost of college and where to go. I think seventeen college goals will help by giving a guide and great tips that would help him to make a good decision and taking the right path. Thank for the wonderful chance 🙂 very generous!

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  85. Susan Christy

    What is stressing your high school student out the most about college planning? Deciding which classes to take to best prepare her for college.

    How do you think Seventeen: College Goals could help? It sounds like this book contains a lot of helpful information on a lot of subjects and will provide information on things we haven’t even thought of.

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  86. MaryAnn

    I do not have a high school student yet but I can only imagine how much stress they feel.

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  87. Annmarie W.

    I think most kids – like my son – are most concerned about writing the college essay(s). But I know there is so much more to the whole process. This guide would really help to put the whole process in perspective and allow him to meet all parts head on.

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  88. Trisha McKee

    The timing of everything was throwing us off. We needed a good timeline and solid plan. She has been accepted and we are still sorting through financial aid and scheduling. This could come in handy.

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  89. Sarah L

    My friend’s granddaughter will be going to college a year from now. I think the book will help give her a roadmap of things she needs to do.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  90. Vilfreda H

    My kids are not sure if they want to go to college. Both my husband and I went, but I know its not for everyone. A book like the college goals would help decide if it is something they want to do.

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  91. Kerry P

    I think balancing the schoolwork load and his job is stressing him. He is also stressed about the loans. I think the book will help because this whole thing is unfamiliar and any helpful information is much needed!

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  92. Peter G

    Tests are taken and did not get into the first choice but I said get good grades and transfer. Have to start thinking grown up and not thinking about what others are. Choices are tough at any age.

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  93. Chad E.

    This is really beautiful artwork and what seems to be the makings of a great book. Will definitely pick this one up

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  94. Tracy Shafer

    Where do go and all the stress of the paperwork.

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  95. Sarah Mayer

    My son just graduated college.. next step is to find a job!

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  96. Erin M

    There’s just so many options I don’t think he knows where to start. I think this book could help him focus.

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  97. Holly Storm

    I think it’s the financial aspect and how to go about finding and applying for scholarships, getting student loans, etc.

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  98. clynsg

    One granddaughter is struggling to decide how to get the correct education for her desire to do some form of art and knows that realistically she has to also be serious on making certain that the education will allow a mechanism to make a living while doing it. This might help by highlighting some of the pathways to explore to enable her to do both, since although she is good in high school art, that does not necessarily mean that her talent will translate into financial comfort. She has no desire for the ‘starving artist’ lifestyle.

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  99. Wendy McBride

    The funding getting in place in time is the most important issue for my daughter. Also, the paperwork aspect for lining it all up to get started at the beginning of the year.

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  100. Trisha Musgrave

    I think financial help, where she is going to live, and just college life in general is stressing my daughter out. I think that Seventeen” College Goals could help her feel a little more secure in the choices she’s making and offer her lots of advice that I may not be able to!

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  101. Hesper Fry

    My high school son is most stressed about what direction to go. He is exploring a few different possibilities. College Goals would help with the step-by-step instructions on how to apply to college.

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  102. DanV

    Getting organized is stressing us out the most about college planning. I think Seventeen: College Goals could help us formulate a plan.

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  103. Buddy Garrett

    They are stressed out about what to major in. They have already changed their minds on several occasions. I think the book would help them focus on their goals and manage their time. I remember when I went to college. For the first year I took classes without knowing what I wanted to major in. When I finally decided on a major I had taken a lot of courses that didn’t pertain to my major. The college’s guidance counselors weren’t very helpful. I think they were over whealmed with the number of students and didn’t really care.

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  104. Jerry Marquardt

    I think the whole thing is very stressful. I appreciate the great post about the subject is doing some good, even though it is a touchy situation.

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  105. Lisa V.

    Right now, its. the PSATs that worry her. I think the goals can help her plan and de-stress.

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  106. Leah Shumack

    My daughter is worried about the grades and SAT scores to get into a school that she wants to go to. She’s mentioned financial aid a little but I don’t think she quite understands that college is expensive and how much scholarships will help out.

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  107. Donna porter

    My high school student is most worried about getting into the college of his choosing. I think Seventeen: College Goals could help him with lots of questions he has about a college and major.

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  108. Carolyn D

    Worrying about test scores and finding scholarships to help pay for tuition.

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  109. Seyma Bennett

    I think the most stressful part is Probably the part about planning on how to pay for everything! NCSU requires you live on campus your first year. I do think the book would be great help. It will probably have tips and examples on how to save money, how to pick a major, etc.

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