Thinking about college alreadys?

@dorannmwin (36698)
United States
February 26, 2013 11:02pm CST
Tomorrow is college day in Kathryn's class. They are going to be talking about applying for college, choosing a college, choosing a major, writing an admissions essay and even about the college entrance exams. Now I do think that this is something that is a good idea, but I don't think that she is at the right age for talking about this. The reason that I don't think that she is at the right age for talking about this is because of the fact that she is only in 4th grade. College is something that she will be attending in the future as it is her hope to become a vet when she grows up, but it kind of just makes me think that she should be allowed to be little for a while instead of growing up so soon. In fact, they are even encouraging all of the children to dress as if they are attending a job interview, they will be writing a practice college admissions essay and will have time to question and answer with the personnel from one of the colleges in our area. Do the schools that your children attend have such an event? Were you able to participate in something like this when you were a young child? And most of all, do you think that having college days like this in lower income elementary schools will be something that will make children more likely to attend college than they would have been otherwise?
7 responses
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
27 Feb 13
I have never heard of it but | think it could be fun to get the kids starting to think about all the job possibilities. Of course they will change their perspective several times before they are actually doing to college and sometimes even in college, but at least they will be thinking.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
28 Feb 13
Ironically, Kathryn has been seriously considering what she wants to do when she grows up from the time that she was a very young child. She really wants to go to vet school, but she also says that she would like to teach as well. I could definitely see her as being a college professor eventually.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
1 Mar 13
she can be both a veterinarian and a professor that teachers as veterinary school
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
4 Mar 13
That is what I've suggested to her as well. I really do think that is something that would work out very well for her.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
28 Feb 13
Oh no! They don't do this at my son's school. I've been a bit nostalgic though as last week, we went to an open house for my son's middle school. He's already in grade 8, and we went to the school where he wanted to go. It was a very progressive school, and a lot of the things that they do where things I remember doing when I was in college.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
28 Feb 13
I miss being in college as well and some of the little things that my daughter does are things that will really make me feel quite nostalgic for the years that I had spent in college. That's okay though, I know that it won't really be all that long before she and I are working together on deciding what college that she will attend and where she is heading with her life.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
27 Feb 13
I am with you....that is way to young. They haven't even had a chance to be a kid yet. I don't know if they have something like that at my granddaughters school...but I think it way way too young!
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
28 Feb 13
I agree with you that it is something that they really are too young for. I mean I understand trying out different programs to get more lower income children into college but at 10 years old, I really don't think that children have any idea of what they are going to want to do with their lives.
• United States
27 Feb 13
If she was in the seventh or eighth grade I would say that this is a great idea, but forth grade is kind of young. I think it is great to discuss the importance of getting an education and how school can help you get a good job. I never had this opportunity when I was in school, but I think it should be taught in junior high so the children can be better prepared for college.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
28 Feb 13
I agree with you that middle school would be the time that would be the most appropriate for giving this kind of information for students. The reason that I think that middle school would be better is because of the fact that it is really only high school that matters and giving this kind of exposure in middle school would be something that would be more memorable to incoming high school freshmen.
• India
27 Feb 13
Good to hear about this college day. This kind of days are very useful to think about our future studies. Students will discuss about various colleges and courses and take proper decisions. We don't have this kind of days in my school time. May be this kind ofdays are celebrated now.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
28 Feb 13
I don't know that this is something that they do in all of the elementary schools and though I do think it is a little bit early to start thinking about college, I was very glad to find out that Kathryn really did have a good time with it and that she did get something out of it. She has also decided that she wants to attend the specific school that did the presentation because it is not too far away from home and it is a top ranked school.
@lynboobsy11 (11346)
• Philippines
27 Feb 13
I thought you're talking to a high school graduating students while telling us about Kathryn's class. You're right she is only in her 4th grade and I think college is not still appropriate to talk in class what courses and the exams. My youngest daughter is going to graduate this coming march and they had already conducted some college assessment in their class on what are they going to get in college.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
28 Feb 13
I do think that this is something that is very appropriate to talk about with high school students, and really even children that are just getting ready to start high school because of the fact that it is in your first year of high school that you do start thinking about the classes that you are going to take in high school to help prepare yourself for college.
@silverfox09 (4727)
• United States
27 Feb 13
I agree with you that age seems too young to be thinking about college . It would have been ok if she was like 14 but 4th grade is much too young . I never attend anything like that when I was a child .
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
28 Feb 13
I didn't attend anything like this when I was a child either. However, despite the fact that I never had those kinds of opportunities, I did always know from the time that I was a young girl that I would eventually be going to college.