The college application process challenges parents as much as it does students. While the focus is, necessarily, on the students, they aren’t the only ones experiencing a transition. Midland works closely with parents to make sure they understand the college application process, the important deadlines, and the tasks their child needs to accomplish next. Parents have responsibilities in this process, too – among these are the responsibility to have realistic conversations about family finances, to help students visit colleges when possible, to recognize when to step back and let the student take necessary ownership of the process, and to be supportive and patient as their child experiences this developmental milestone. Midland’s college counseling program utilizes an on-line tool called Naviance Family Connection, which helps parents stay informed during the process. We always encourage open and frequent communication between the college counselor and families.