As the parent of a senior in high school, I am constantly asked where my son wants to go to school. It doesn’t matter if it is a close family member or if I am standing in the deli line at the supermarket. People are excited and curious and they ask, “Where does he want to go!” This can put a parent in a tough spot because it is not your information to share. These people usually mean well and they are excited for your child, so how does one respond to someone who is asking a simple question? I have found an answer that works. I smile and say, “He has a list that he loves.” This response solves many issues. I don’t divulge my son’s personal business, I do not feed the admissions anxiety that lurks out there AND I give the person asking a polite and upbeat response.
This short video features John Katzman. He gives an excellent explanation about why it is so important to not fall in love with a specific school, but rather create a list where any of the schools could work. Enjoy!