Friday, May 16, 2014

Colleges That Change Lives College Fairs

It's been a busy few months since my last post! I've toured 10 colleges, joined in a roundtable on parenting teens at Princeton Learning Cooperative, shared tips about homeschooling through high school at Stone Hill Learning Center's open house, and worked with my fellow board members toward updating the New Jersey Homeschool Association's website (an ongoing labor of love).

Some of the colleges I toured are Colleges That Change Lives, Inc. (CTCL) members and some of the non-CTCL schools share many CTCL characteristics. CTCL was founded as a result of Loren Pope's book of the same name. In the book's introduction, Mr. Pope explained his purpose as follows: 
This book…will help youths of many levels of academic aptitude find catalytic colleges that will change their lives, help them find themselves, raise their aspirations, and empower them. In doing so it will free them from our system's obscene obsession with academic aptitude, which does not determine achievement, satisfaction with life, or the merit of a human being. 
CTCL is a great resource for college-bound homeschoolers. Rather than focusing on a college's name or prestige, CTCL believes that college choice should be guided by finding a match between a student's needs and a college's mission and identity. If you're considering college, then I urge you to attend one of the local upcoming CTCL events. You'll hear a 30 minute panel presentation about how to find a college that's right for you, and then have 1.5 hours to meet admissions reps from all the CTCL schools. Both events are at 7:00 pm. You do not need to register in advance.

Monday, May 19, Long Branch, NJ
Tuesday, May 20, Manhattan