Transcripts, credits, college apps, oh my! One of the most common questions I receive is a version of this one:
“But Cait, what about high school? How the heck do I homeschool high school?!”
It can be intimidating to think about high school science labs, credits, grades, dual enrollment, and looming college applications.
And if you are the parent of a neurodivergent kiddo? The thought of navigating high school and college applications can feel downright overwhelming.
If you can relate, you’ll love this week’s episode of The Homeschool Sisters Podcast!
The Ins and Outs of College for Neurodivergent Learners
Are you homeschooling a high schooler? Is your high schooler a unique learner? Are you worried about creating transcripts? Does the thought of college applications make you break it into a cold sweat? Are you looking for practical tips and strategies for making the college application process easier? If so, you’re going to love today’s episode. Please welcome Jessica Nelson from Collegewise.
The Homeschool Sisters Podcast welcomes Jessica Nelson of Collegewise
Although Jessica may tell you she accidentally fell into a career in college admissions when she accepted a temporary position at a small liberal arts college back in 2006, her admissions career started long before that when she was a tour guide at Miami University (yes, the one in Ohio!). That temporary position turned into seven years in college admissions spanning from the beaches of Florida to the mountains of Vermont. During this time, she worked with traditional first year students, transfer students, homeschool students and everything in between.
After her time in admissions, Jessica sharpened her college counseling teeth at Landmark College, the premiere college for students that learn differently. While there, she counseled students through every step of the transfer process, and became certified in career counseling. At Landmark, she launched Landmark College Works, a campus employment program for students with learning differences that was recognized by the National Student Employment Association in 2017 for innovation in student employment. Before joining Collegewise, she read 1500+ applications for Georgia Tech.
Jessica has experienced a little bit of everything in the college world, and it definitely informs the way she works with students. She attended big universities for her undergraduate and graduate work, she has worked at the smallest liberal arts colleges, and taught classes at multiple community colleges and state universities. Her top goal when working with students is to make the unmanageable feel manageable, and help students recognize their inherent strengths and how to leverage them in the application process. She also brings a good dose of humor and empathy to all that she does. When not working with students, Jessica might be playing chauffeur to her kids, feeding her backyard chickens, on the hunt for vintage treasures, or trying to talk her partner into watching just one more musical.
What is Collegewise?
Collegewise is on a mission to help students access the transformative power of higher education. As one of the largest private college counseling companies in the United States, Collegewise leverages the power of more than 70 admissions experts to help students identify the best possible school they can flourish in while also bringing a sense of calm and joy into the college application process. Over the last 23 years, Collegewise experts have studied the changing landscape, identified the stressors and pain points of the whole process, and designed an approach to give more than 26,000 students the right information and tools to help guide them toward their best fit college. For more information about working with Collegewise visit www.collegewise.com to schedule a free consultation with one of their expert program advisors who will take the time to get to know your family and recommend a program to meet your student’s individual needs. Would you prefer to handle the college application process yourself? Take advantage of their array of free resources:
The Homeschool Sisters Podcast [Episode 132]
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Links from this episode:
- Collegewise Resource Library
- Wiser Notes: The Collegewise Blog
- Collegewise: Upcoming Webinars & Seminars
- Fisk Guide to Colleges
- The Monster At The End of This Book
- Anne of Green Gables
- Station Eleven
- Simplicity Parenting
- Never Board Learning
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- The Homeschool Sisters Podcast on YouTube
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