We are in the midst of the college search with my daughter. We’ve been visiting colleges throughout New England, New York, and Ohio for the past six months. We’ve spent days at a time touring multiple schools and every time she’s traveled to play basketball, we’ve made it a point to see a few colleges along the way. As we walk around these college campuses, the same question always pops into my head…
Then just last week I came across this quote by Matthew Kelly from his book, The Rhythm of Life:
The people we surround ourselves with either raise or
lower our standards. They either help us to become the-best-version-of-ouselves or encourage us to become lesser versions of ourselves. We become like our friends. No man becomes great on his own. No woman becomes great on her own. The people around them help to make them great.
We all need people in our lives who raise our standards, remind us of our essential purpose, and challenge us to become the-best-version-of-ourselves.
I’m a true believer that we are influenced by the people with which we surround ourselves. Surround yourself with positive people who want to learn and grow and you yourself will thrive. Our hope for our daughter is that she will choose a school that will make her thrive by encouraging her, challenging her, and pushing her to her full potential.
That said, it’s also time to think about the college application process. JVL College Counseling recently posted a very good, concise article about preparing to complete the Free Application for Student Financial Aid. It tells you exactly what you need to have in front of you when you sit down to complete the FAFSA. I highly encourage you to check it out…
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