For kids in Grade 12, fall is the time for research and decisions on University options for next year. To help you through this potentially stressful time, I've discovered a very informative article by a parent who has recently survived the process. Sanjay Srivastava's presentation to a group of parents from Lisgar is a comprehesive, 10 step guide that walks you through what to think about and how to go about getting the information that you need to make an informed decision. He stresses the need to start early, to visit as many universities as possible, to ask questions and spend lots of time talking with your son or daughter about what they think.
Sanjay also encourages parents and students to make the trip to Toronto to attend the Ontario Universities Fair on September 25th, 26th and 27th. It's free of charge and open to everyone. With hundreds of representatives from all 21 Ontario Universities, Sanjay says that it's far and away the best way to launch your son or daughter into the process. While there will be a mini-version of the fair held in Ottawa on Tuesday October 20th at Canterbury High School and a couple of lunch-time visits to CHS by selected Ontario universities, neither offer the depth and breadth of information available at the Toronto Fair. Sanjay's one-pager on how he approached the fair includes some good advice to help you get the most out of your trip to Toronto.
Good luck and feel free to post any questions, comments or advice that you'd like to share with others.